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Peggy Roeder (Sonia), Anne-Marie Cusson (Masha) and Andrew Sellon (Vanya)

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FAMILY The three actors who play siblings in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ have dealt with their own sibling rivalries.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY The three actors who play siblings in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ have dealt with their own sibling rivalries.

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Peggy Roeder is in her fourth season at Asolo Rep; Anne-Marie Cusson is in her first season; and Andrew Sellon is in his first season.

uch like the middleaged siblings the three actors portray in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s upcoming performance, these actors just so happen to come from large families. Andrew Sellon (playing Vanya) is the youngest of four; Peggy Roeder (playing Sonia) has three brothers and three sisters; and Anne-Marie Cusson (playing Masha) is one of five siblings. They can relate to both the competitive and loving relationships presented in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the play by comedic absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, who won his first Tony award for the clever comedy. The quick synopsis: Unemployed, middle-aged siblings

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Inside the actors’ studio Where is home originally, and where are you based?

architecture … ” Roeder: “I play 16-inch softball and Frisbee. I love to read, do yoga and quilt.”

Anne-Marie Cusson: Originally New Hampshire. Currently based in New York. Peggy Roeder: Originally from and currently based in Chicago.

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Andrew Sellon: Originally from Belmont, Mass. Currently based in Yonkers, N.Y.

Sellon: “I’m very much into photography and gardening. I love taking photographs of plants, and I also like Celtic music.”

What are your interests and hobbies outside of acting?

What is the strangest thing on your résumé?

Cusson: “I love dipping into whatever New York City has to offer. I walk. I love to read. I love to wander around and look at

Cusson: “I actually used to have wild-turkey call on my resume … Years later at an outdoor wedding beyond the fence there

Vanya and Sonia live in their deceased parents’ home where they grew up in Bucks County, Penn. The dependent duo’s only source of income is from their movie-star sister, Masha, who returns home with her younger, self-absorbed, good-looking, half-naked boyfriend, Spike (played by Jefferson McDonald). Sonia is adopted. Vanya is gay and also the peacemaker between his sisters. Masha is the caretaker who owns the family home. Also thrown into the mix is the pretty young neighbor’s niece and the cleaning lady/ prophet, Cassandra. Talk about a rich breeding ground for drama. All three of the actors can relate. They discuss their own family histories between rehearsals in the lobby of FSU Center for

the Performing Arts. “Every day is a rivalry,” Cusson says of being in a family with lots of children. The trio laughs and reminisces about how they are all guilty of building alliances among siblings, and how quick and easy it is to change sides. They talk about how two siblings might ban together and take their grievances of another sibling to the judge — mom. They share stories. Roeder once tried to cheat her sister out of an allowance because Roeder did all the cleaning and felt entitled to both allowances. Sellon talks about how he always fought the most with the sister with whom he’s closest. But, more relevant to the plot of the play is how these sibling

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was a pack of turkeys. I made the sound, and they all came running toward me. It was very dramatic.”

Cusson: “I can be shy.” Roeder: “I wanted to be a nun in grade school.”

Roeder: “I’ve taken pole-dancing classes. I can pole dance.”

Sellon: “When I was a freshman in high school, I was cast as a bully in a skinny-dipping scene with a young actress named Brooke Shields, who was about 8 years old at the time. The film was never made, but that would have been my movie debut.”

Sellon: “I’ve flown in a singlepoint harness — the same thing Peter Pan uses … I can fly.” What is a lesser-known fact relationships change into adulthood. The idea that these are three middle-aged orphans particularly resonates with Sellon, who thinks relationships among siblings change when the people at the top of the family tree are no longer there to hold them together. Discovering these new relationships is something he’s dealt with personally. But, all three actors agree that even adults without siblings will find their own connection to the play because of the common themes. The play is about connections not just among siblings, but also relationships across generations. There are themes of communication and technology’s effect on how people connect or fail to connect; of

aging and aging relationships; of finding purpose; of facing fears. Sellon’s synopsis is poignant. “This play is about human connections and how hard they can be sometimes,” he says.

IF YOU GO ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ When: Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Runs through April 14. Where: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: Tickets are $21 to $76 Info: Call 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org

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Leaving little to the imagination Jefferson McDonald, who plays Spike, was featured in a New York Times article Jan. 9, “Vanya and Sonia and Abs and Pecs.” The writer talks to the actors who play Spike around the country, particularly focusing on the shirtless nature of the role. So, how are McDonald’s abs? “I guess they look great,” says Peggy Roeder, who sees McDonald as more of a son after spending three seasons acting with him. Andrew Sellon is sure they are great. As does Anne-Marie Cusson, who says: “If you’re going to ask me about his abs, you’re going to have to ask me about the top to toe of our Spike — they’re great!,” she says with a laugh. “It’s a pleasure to be in his proximity.”

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Musical Morning Sarasota Orchestra Association 10 a.m. at Venice Yacht Club Tickets $25. Visit SOAssociation.org. Music by the Parisian Masters 6 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer Free. Call 955-4263. Patricia Averbach, author of ‘Painting Bridges’ 6 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota Free. Call 365-7900. New Stages: Meklit Hadero 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Runs through Saturday. Tickets $30. Call 359-5700.

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‘Pageant’ runs through Feb. 2, at The Players Theatre. ‘The Whipping Man’ runs through Feb. 2, at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA ‘ARTmuse Program: Lisa Hoke’ runs through Feb. 4, at Historic Sarasota High School. ‘The Prima Donettes’ runs through Feb. 7, at Florida Studio Theatre.

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Thursday, Jan. 30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 concert previews, hosted by Sarasota Orchestra Association, are $10.

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‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ runs through Feb. 27, at Asolo Repertory Theatre.

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Artist Lisa Hoke transforms future SMOA classroom ARTmuse artist Lisa Hoke jokes that she’s worried the portion of wall she’s building her installation on is too alcoholic-looking. She’s creating a large-scale installation from colorful recycled cardboard in one of the classrooms at historic Sarasota High School, the future home of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA). It’s Friday, Jan. 17, and she’s about a day into the two-week building process. The wall is covered in yellow and orange recycled boxes from pumpkin beer, Patron and champagne. She’ll have to mix in a few more Cheerios boxes to even things out. Two volunteers in the adjacent classroom sort cardboard cups, drinking straws and boxes according to their colors. There are two classrooms completely littered with cardboard stacked on tables and the floor — it was all donated from the community and community businesses. Down the hallway equally covered in recycled paper products, three volunteers cut stars and circular graphic details from individual packaging. Hoke instructs the volunteers daily as to which details she’d like them to cut out. In just a day, she has a 10-foot tall corner of the classroom covered from floor to ceiling. The ARTmuse program brings renowned artists yearly to portray the kind of programming that will come once the doors to SMOA open.

The first floor of historic Sarasota High School looks like a recycling sorting facility.

IF YOU GO Docent-led tours of ARTmuse When: 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. through Feb. 4; 1:30 to 3 p.m. weekends from Feb. 8 through April 19

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Volunteers Darlene Abney, Mary Weill and Sue Denison cut portions of cardboard.

Lisa Hoke creates the large-scale installation. It’s her first full day of work.

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Art Center Sarasota weaves together January exhibit

Artist Regina Bensen poses with her fabric sculptural work.

Carolyn Devick and Patricia Turner in front of Turner’s piece “Drippin’ on Down the Drain”

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Opera house excites with more than just singing

Louise Mazius sews dress shields into a costume.

The polar vortex delayed the winter opera season. Blizzards around the country postponed more than a few of the 52 singers the Sarasota Opera employs. So, they started preparing one day later than planned, beginning Jan. 10. Winter opera season is exciting. It means four operas (“Il Trovatore,” “The Barber of Seville,” “The Flying Dutchman” and “Jérusalem”) will take place simultaneously in March. Which also means the work that goes into preparing for the four productions happens simultaneously. A group of men haul in set pieces for “Jérusalem” — they’re recycling a few pieces from past productions of “Lombardi” and

Jill Unger problem solves a wheel situation on a prop wagon in the prop shop.

“Giovanna d’Arco.” It takes eight of them to hoist up one wall and get it in place on stage. They’ll lug sets from the loading dock in through the hall all day. Nearby, situated down a hallway off one wing of the stage, a handful of people prepare the props. One man creates an animal-skin canteen while another works on a larger wagon prop. Upstairs in the adjacent building, every rehearsal room and studio is full. Singers find whatever quiet space they can to study music between rehearsals. One sits at the top of the stairs closest to the box office, another holds court in the middle of a hallway, and one perches against a back wall of a studio while a meeting takes place.

Singing drones through the corridor and down to the offices where the stage manager and assistant stage manager plan the technical details of the production. Down another set of stairs, racks of costumes act as breadcrumbs to the costume shop. Each one is labeled with an actor’s name, the production name and the scene. It’s a little quieter in that office, while the costume makers cut forms, sew breeches and fit the singers. But the professionals at the opera house are not the only ones excited for the next two months. Just outside the double doors where all the action takes place, there is a line of locals at the box office waiting to buy their tickets.

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A cautionary sign on Director of Productions Chris Van Alystne’s office door.

IF YOU GO Head dresser Ruthie Clark fits singer Ivan Conrad in one of his costumes.

The crew hauls sets on stage. It takes eight men to place one wall.

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Catheryne Shuman studies “Tacea la Notte Placida” from “Il Trovatore.”

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MUSIC // The Song Continues: Marilyn Horne Song Celebration My husband, Ed, and I were in New York City for four days last week, and we were honored to celebrate an important milestone: Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday. “How did I get to 80?” asked the greatest mezzo-soprano of the 20th century. “I almost didn’t make it. You know I had pancreatic cancer almost 10 years ago.” But she’s fine now. Cured. “Courage is better than fear, and faith is better than doubt.” She taught me that. Music is up there with courage and faith. And Horne was blessed with a birthday celebration, thrown for her by Carnegie Hall no less, with so many friends, family and fans, it’s almost impossible to count them. As tenor Robert White said, “The love for Marilyn was bouncing off the walls.” So was the sound of music bouncing off the walls of the beautiful and intimate Zankel Hall, the subterranean Carnegie concert space where the star-studded performances honoring “Jackie,” as she’s known to all, took place. Hosts Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey, Met Opera stalwarts and friends of Jackie’s, took us on a memory-filled musical narration, introducing singer after singer, each with an important, life-changing connection with the honoree. Lester Lynch, who was one of the young baritones on “The Song Continues,” a series I had the honor of co-hosting for many years with Jackie on WQXR, returned, fully blossomed into a mature artist with international credits from Berlin to Washington, to sing two of Copland’s “Old American Songs,” pieces dear to Jackie’s voice and heart. Later in the evening, he performed “Eri Tu,” from Verdi’s “Un Ballo in maschera,” with great depth and a spinning legato. Met Opera star Piotr Beczala offered a

riveting rendition of Beethoven’s “Adelaide” and returned in the second half with Renee Fleming for a lovely, romance-filled performance of “Lippen schweigen” from “The Merry Widow.” (Fleming had already appeared as a soloist on the first half, singing “Träume,” one of the “Wesendonck” songs by Wagner.) Countertenor David Daniels took “O del mio dolce ardor,” a Gluck song that’s wellknown to voice students from the Schirmer edition of “24 Italian Songs and Arias,” and added ornaments in places, removed them from others and sang it with the simplicity and understanding of the great artist he is. Later, his performance of Wilder’s “Blackberry Winter” brought tears to our already misty eyes and proved that, once again, Jackie was right in saying David must always sing this. The superstar lineup continued, as did the song. Brenda Rae, a stunning soprano whom we’d heard last summer in Santa Fe, N.M., used her wondrous way with words in Schubert’s “Lied der Delphine” in the first half, and then proceeded to sound like a bubble fountain as she overflowed with beautiful sounds and deep compassion in “O beau pays de la Touraine,” from Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots.” Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who knocked us out when we recently heard her on television, wowed us when she joined her molten lava-like voice with the caresses of Daniels’ sweetness in a duet from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” That was after she sang the reflective “Urlicht,” not as a section of Mahler’s second symphony, but in the setting from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn.” Mezzo Isabel Leonard offered, first, the exquisite lullaby from Montsalvatge’s song cycle, “Canciones negras,” with phrasing so tender, the little “coconut baby” would have cooed with pleasure. Later in the program, she knocked our collective socks off with an astonishing performance of “Non piu mesta” from Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

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This lineup of singers with their songs and arias brought back memories of the parade of seemingly super-human unknowns Jackie introduced to the music world through her Marilyn Horne Foundation in the 1990s. (It’s now the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall.) I was bowled over being part of it back then and privileged and grateful to be part of it last week. But there was more. There were two collaborative pianists who should be in the pianistic Hall of Fame: the unique Martin Katz and the inimitable Warren Jones, two of the world’s greatest keyboard colleagues,

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This Key West-style home, built in 2003, is a block and a half from all the action on Siesta Beach, but tucked away on a quiet residential street. It has a touch of whimsy — it befits a house at the beach. You’ll find an over-the-top master bath, a home theater, and lively kitchen, a four-car garage — even a glass-enclosed

elevator. Oddly enough, it doesn’t have a pool, although there is plenty of room to install one in the large backyard. And, with four bedrooms and four baths, the home will hold a lot of guests. Priced at $1,039,000. For more information, call Judie Berger of Premier Sotheby’s at 928-3424.

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The condo complexes that line the mid-Key provide a great resort feeling at affordable prices. This unit at Siesta Dunes has most of the things you’ll be looking for: two bedrooms and two baths in 1,150 square feet, and, though it is set back from the water, you still have the all-important view. (It has not been updated recently, and the price reflects

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ive years ago, when MoZaic, the excellent continental-with-a-Moroccan-flair restaurant on Main Street opened, we were doubly thrilled because, not only were we getting a new upscale restaurant on a par with Daniel’s in New York City, we were also celebrating a new enterprise by master chef Dylan Elhajoui, the sonin-law of my dear friends, Lynne and John Meskey. I met Lynne when I first came to Sarasota in 2002 because she was the person to speak with about auditioning for Gloria Musicae and Key Chorale. She sang with both groups and, just speaking with her on the phone — a first conversation that lasted about an hour — made me realize I had a new best friend in my new hometown. She turned out to be not just a best friend, but also a terrific singer whom I brag about to singer friends from New York. She also loves to cook and eat. So that sealed the deal. Dylan and his family — talented, artistic wife, Anne, and four exceptional kids — had moved here from Colorado where Dylan had cooked for thousands in one of the state’s biggest resort hotels. MoZaic opened with Dylan ruling in the kitchen just before Christmas 2008. I know because the first real date I had with Ed was Christmas Eve of that year. I sang at the candlelight service across the street at First United Methodist, and then Ed and I walked over to MoZaic, where we were seated in the windowside table for a candlelit dinner that we’ll never forget. Ed and I were married about five months later, my first

LIBBY’S DOES BRUNCH Libby’s Café + Bar, on Osprey, has always been a great place to meet for lunch and treat for Sunday brunch. Now the restaurant has added a Saturday brunch, which includes its famous, award-winning 60-plus ingredient bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

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Chef Dylan Elhajui marriage, and the romance of MoZaic didn’t hurt our cause. Ever since then, when we’ve spent the holidays in Sarasota — we’ve made a practice of going on Christmas/New Year’s cruises every other year — we’ve made reservations at MoZaic for Christmas Eve and requested that very same table. This year we were here, and our celebration was a delicious treat of Dylan’s finest fare, along with a couple of special delicacies he brought just for us to taste: a cold fruit-and-herb soup and a small bite of a bastilla — a Moroccan specialty that uses succulent squab in a sort of minced pie that’s both savory and sweet. MoZaic is that special treat place where we dine — and it is dine, not eat — when we make an evening of dinner. It must be savored, never rushed and, although we have, occasionally, gone there before an opera, we like it best when we can make an evening of it, luxuriating in every bite and taste.

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imply Gourmet, a local catering firm, is inviting us to, um, “Get Sconed.” Taking afternoon tea to a whole new level, it’s doing a traditional royal English tea service at 2 p.m. Tuesdays in February and March in the exclusive upstairs living room of the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail. A traditional afternoon tea is unlike your grandma’s cup of tea or anything you’ve experienced before. According to Chef Larry Barrett, “Every year, the royal family hosts an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace.” This tradition started in 1860 with Queen Victoria. “It’s a grand and colorful affair. Men wear suits or military uniforms, and women wear dresses with hats and gloves. The 500-foot buffet table is set with a feast, and there’s tea, of course.” Sometimes I’ve wondered about that because, although tea is the focus of these affairs, it can get lost amid the scones, tartlets, Devonshire cream and royal tea sandwiches. I did a so-called traditional tea at my home some years ago,

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Jamie and Chef Larry Barrett and it lasted almost eight hours. Teas were poured at first but, a bit later, we switched to Veuve Cliquot and, well, I don’t remember much about who was there or when they left. (Maybe they’re still there.) Simply Gourmet’s royal English tea has not included champagne in the past. But the teas are terrific, as are the parfaits and turkey/tomato pinwheels. So, take a Tuesday and get sconed right here in Sarasota. And remember to look around the estate while you’re there. It’s almost as spectacular as Buckingham Palace.

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The Ringling College Library Association kicked off its 2014 Town Hall Lecture Series with a celebratory platinum dinner featuring guest speaker Jenna Bush Hager. The event was held Monday, Jan. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The evening began with a cocktail reception, and prior to being seated in the ballroom, sponsors and Ringling College Library Association board members enjoyed a private reception with Hager. Guests took photos with and had the chance to talk one-on-one with the speaker and author. Many guests commented about how pleasant and conversational she was. The universal comment heard throughout the evening: “She is so nice.” During the private reception, Ringling College student Brenna Thummler presented Hager with an illustration portrait. “I’ve never done anything for someone so influential before,” Thummler said prior to unveiling the portrait to Hager and the audience. She was one of six Ringling

students to win the Town Hall Lecture Series portrait competition, receiving the honor to create portraits for the six speakers featured in the 2014 Town Hall Lecture Series. Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson sponsored the competition. Following the reception, more than 550 guests gathered in the ballroom and were welcomed by event Co-Chairs Stephanie Grosskreaut and Holly Logan and Town Hall 2014 Chair Jay Logan. Gulf Coast Community Foundation President and CEO Teri Hansen introduced Hager, who spoke about her work with charities and the woman Ana, in her book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.” She also recounted stories about being in the public eye and her life as a new mother. Surprise guest former First Lady Laura Bush was in the audience supporting her daughter at the dinner. Hager’s father, former President George W. Bush, was the second speaker of this year’s Town Hall Lecture Series, and gave two lectures Jan. 14.

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pera-goers know that Maestro Victor DeRenzi and the Sarasota Opera have embarked

on the ambitious venture of being the only opera company to perform every note of music that Giuseppe Verdi ever wrote — the incidental pieces as well as the 33 operas. This “Verdi Cycle” began in 1989; it even has a group of dedicated supporters known as the Verdi 33 Society, with each member assigned to a specific opera. (Two operas are still available for adoption.) Members gathered for their annual dinner Jan. 15 at Ruth’s Chris, an event sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and the Williams, Parker, et al law firm. There are two Verdi operas set for this season, “Il Trovatore” and “Jérusalem,” leaving only three to go: “Don Carlos” in the original

Paris version, “La Battaglia di Legnano” and “Aida.” A “Tribute to Verdi Exhibit” of treasures from the Rome Opera is visiting only four cities in this country: New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Sarasota. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree? It opens here March 7, simultaneously to a Music Critics Association convention. Watch for details to be announced soon. Among those attending the recent dinner: Eric and Sandra Lindqvist, David and Jacqueline Morton (she sporting an amazing new sparkler around her neck), Joe and Nora Stephan, Hank and Suzanne Foster, Bud Borax and Elissa Soyka and Larry and Carol English.

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and Terri Saba … Imbibing birthday ... S’macks Managing Partner Alex Floethe rang in his 30s with a birthday party Jan. 19 at Perq Coffee Bar. Floethe treated friends to a special wine, champagne and bourbon tasting from his collections over the years. Seen among those mingling were Evan Gratzick, Tim Mitten and Merly Mae, Miranda Robinson, Joel Parisi and Arthur Lopez Jr. … Don’t mess with her … Laura Jessen was spotted out Laura Jessen’s last week knucklebox with this clutch fabulous Alexander McQueen knucklebox clutch, a gift from her husband, Chris.

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ot a pasta party … a Pastafarian party, at which the Flying Spaghetti Monster and his noodly appendage celebrated the first three-quarter century of one Greg Gregory. The wardrobe call was pirate gear, and laddies and wenches caroused Jan. 18 at the Beau Ciel party room. Gregory’s protégé, Maria Wirries, and her friend, Mackenzie Grace, did the planning and entertaining with some help from his wife, Ilene Friedman, and a fun video pro-

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Watts of love … Mommy-to-be Fondren Watts was showered with love Jan. 18 at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. Guests were greeted with champagne and custom cookies printed with baby pictures of Fondren and husband, Danny, at the shower, which Fondren’s friends Cheryl Ann Babcock and Vaughn Dorrian,

mother-in-law Sherry Watts and sisters Keily and Taryn Griffin hosted. They were also asked to fill out “words of wisdom” for the first-time parents-to-be, who will welcome baby girl Watts in March. Guests included Molly Klauber, Eileen Curd, Kathy Demler, Kay Mathers, Tatyana Sharoubim, Bridget McGrath Ziegler and Bri

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n August 2012, Courtney Adams began designing clothing that she wanted to wear: clothing that is effortless, glamorous and, most importantly, comfortable. After months of searching for the perfect fabric and creating the right look, Adams launched her debut collection in August. The brand, called Tocco Lusso, is her first fashion line. Adams never believed she would be in the fashion industry, much less designing clothes. “I can’t draw, I can’t sketch, but I wanted to create something and I had a vision of what that was,” says Adams. Each piece is made by her first — she drapes, cuts, and sews and then those sample garments are broken down into patterns. The concept for the line came while Adams was training for her first marathon. She would finish training at 8 a.m. and have to be at work at 9 a.m. “If you tried to get me into jeans, I’d probably scream. If you tried to get me into a dress, I’d probably cry,” said Adams. “I needed something to get into that was comfortable enough to be in after a 14-mile run, but nice enough to wear to work.” The clothing line is geared toward the “active woman.” The fabric and the design of the pieces provide that perfect transition. When designing the collection, Adams’ intent was to create those “go-to” pieces in everyone’s closet — pieces that can be worn all the time, that look good and feel good while still looking fashionable. “It’s super soft and with drape, which really accentuates curves,” says Adams of the line’s viscose fabric. All of the pieces in the line feature classic, neutral colors. “Those pieces that you don’t want to take off, those were my Most popular piece: “The Convertible” dress

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Local designer Courtney Adams launched her loungewear line, Tocco Lusso, in August.

THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME: tocco — Italian for touch lusso — Italian for luxury inspiration.” The drape design also provides the option for the pieces to be buildable. By adding accessories, layering or putting on a pair of wedges, the outfit can be taken to a dressier level. Pieces in the collection range from $40 to $200. It is available online at ToccoLusso. com or by scheduling a private showing. Courtney’s favorite piece: “The Racer” dress

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 The lines of “The Racer” dress are what make it Adams’ favorite piece in her collection. “It’s a super easy day dress,” says the designer.


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