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ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 15 MINUTES A6 PETS OF THE WEEK A18 BUSINESS B1 NETWORKING B7 & 8 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6 & 7 FILM REVIEW C11 SOCIETY C27, 28 & 29 CUISINE C35 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Vol. II, No. 12 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 DATED MATERIAL PLEASE RUSHPOSTMASTER REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 24, 2009 POSTAL CUSTOMER Sweet!Dreams comes true at The Ritz during Willy Wonka Weekend, and more holiday fun. C27, 28 & 29 Sounds likeFloridas state bird, the mockingbird, is a "manytongued mimic." A17 Out with the old Check out Florida Weeklys guide of places and ways to welcome the New Year. C1 THE INTERPRETIVE CENTER.FGCUS INNOVATION HUB. IMAGINE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE. FPL & FGCU SOLAR FIELDS. BOTANICAL AND COMMUNITY GARDENS. COMPLETE STREETS. THE SEMINOLE LODGE. LURING CHICAGO CUBS TO NAPLES. LARGEST PUBLIC ART DISPLAY CREATED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ Dazzling, compassionate, soaring, ambitious, complex, simple, farseeing and extraordinarily well organized all these qualities and a treasury of others characterize Florida Weeklys choices for the best ideas of 2009. Inevitably, by presenting nine ideas we have been forced to ignore many others, perhaps hundreds, in the region encompassing Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, where more than 1 million people reside. In each of the ideas we selected, many minds and hearts helped to fashion a program, a place or a technology that has the potential to change all of our lives for the better. In the end, some or many of these ideas may succeed in that ambition and someSEE IDEAS, A8 THE YEAR IDEAS IN T 2009:Let it not snow! Let it not snow! Let it not snow!Photographer Nancy DeNike went around her Naples neighborhood and captured a series of shots that confirm the holiday spirit is alive and well along Frank Whiteman Boulevard and Wisconsin Drive one Grinch notwithstanding. The reason I photographed the decorations is simple, Ms. DeNike told us. I appreciate that no matter what is going on in these peoples' lives, they have taken the time to find the spirit of Christmas in their hearts and share it with others through the lights. It feels magical. Like anything is possible... In the true spirit of the season, Ms. DeNike graciously shared her photographs with Florida Weekly. We in turn bring them to you, here and on page A16. Enjoy, and happy holidays! NANCY DENIKECrouching Tiger Local PR pros chime in on how the golfing great might polish his tarnished image. B1 CrouchingTiger Frank Whiteman Boulevard

PAGE 2 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Want to see more examples of our work? Check out our photo gallery on our website! www.KitchenInnovations. NET www.KitchenInnovations.NET How about giving your HOUSE a Christmas present this year? We can reface, blend or build a completely new custom kitchen. Serving All Of Southwest FloridaLabor and material costs are at their lowest in years, so stop waiting to remodel! Call today for a FREE estimate866.650.19192211 Andrea Lane Fort Myers Every one of us who celebrates Christmas also faces the post-partum blues. I happen to be a lover of the blues, but mostly of the kind that come from Mississippi or Chicago and from a time and place that defined the United States as a Christian country only in theory. I dont cotton to post-partum blues, that drop in temperamental weather from the giddy highs of the moment with all its meaning when we give birth to a renewed spirit of giving and hope to the melancholy lows of exhaustion, despair and repair, when the moment is gone and its meaning seems a long, long ways away. Do you find yourself suddenly reduced in circumstances now, immediately after Christmas? Falling into economic or convivial decline? Suspended in the ether of a disquieting lethargy that seems and is unreasonable given the massive ingestion of joy, not to mention calories, youve just experienced? Well, I have a solution: Just give a little more. This is based on centuries of determined research summarized by the scholarly phrase, the hair of the dog. Thats why Ive always liked the notion of 12 days of Christmas the 12 days from the storied birth of Christ to epiphany, celebrated in the Greek Orthodox Church, for example, on Jan. 6. You give, and then you get up and give some more (or at least try to remember what giving is all about) and then you get up and do it some more, until its all partum the whole, and there is no post-partum. Many of the researchers Ive known have applied the same principle to drink, often in the Christmas season, which is where hair of the dog comes in. You drink, and then you get up and drink some more, and then you do it again, and so on. Pretty soon its all parsnips or partum the whole. Or maybe its part of the whole, which is the cure something that cant leave you deflated. After Christmas, after all, one does not want to feel departed from the whole. One aims for part of the whole, or in some cases greedy politicians, gluttons, fascists and didacts one aims for the whole thing, without leaving so much as a crumb of otherness for anybody else. In my opinion, therefore, we should have Christmas in July, or maybe even conduct a quarterly Christmas, moving from one to another without respite. There wouldnt be time for depression, or for not giving just a little more. If I could be queen for a day (this is not another subject, this is the same subject, so pay attention) Id be Aretha Franklin, circa 1969 a woman who understood that black is not just black, and white is not just white, and blues are not just blue, and Martin Luther King Jr. was not just Martin Luther King Jr. (he was an icon), and the American republic was not just a democracy in those days but also still an apartheid state, more or less, I hope a little less at Christmas, which is what gave rise to the blues in the first place and Id sing you this song:BABY, PLEASE JUST GIIIIIVVVVE A LITTLE MOOORE, baby, please just give a little more, to me and to you and dontchu be blue cause we got Christmas, its true, so BABY PLEASE JUST GIIIIIVVVE A LITTLE MOOORE Something like that, you see? What this will do (according to the hair-of-the-dog theory), this having more Christmas, is end the melancholy. So in that spirit, let me present you with a few gifts that might keep on giving, each contributed by Florida Weekly readers or subjects in the past year. Please accept them in the spirit of giving just a little bit more, baby and pass them on. A. I dont want none of this, myself. All these flowers and nice words and hoop-de-da dont give me that. If youre going to do something, do it while Im alive. Do it while Im standing here. You want to give me flowers? Well, pick em and come on over. I can smell em and see em now. I wont be smelling any flowers later. You want to say something nice about me? Come on over here and say it. I wont mind hearing it. Wont do me any good later. Burdie Baker, honorary mayor of Charleston Park, on funeral customsB. Whats the difference between a seagull and a financial advisor? Answer: A seagull can still make a deposit on a brand new Mercedes. Jack OBrien, curator at The von Liebig Art CenterC I dont make my face look pretty when I sing. My face will contort. Its like delivering a pitch with a baseball. It starts in your heels and goes up through your legs and it comes through your diaphragm and up through your larynx and your mask and your lips guide it. Joe Virga, a singer and guitar playerD. One morning after breakfast I passed a man with a large homeless sign who greeted me with a cheery good morning. I returned the greeting and dropped some change in his cup. A few hours later I had a sandwich for lunch, which I cut in half because thats all I wanted. I wrapped the remainder with the pickle. It so happened that I passed the same corner, saw the same man, and this time I asked him if hed like a sandwich.What kind? he asked. Ham and cheese, lettuce and mayo, I answered. Pickle? he asked. Of course, I replied, as he smiled broadly and held out his hand. This led me to believe that the Boston homeless, like the proper Bostonians, are a very enlightened and particular people. Pickle, indeed! Audrey Bender, NeapolitanE. Call us anytime, in the day or the night, if you have any questions. ANY questions. We WANT you to call us. OK? Dr. Jignesh Patel, neonatologist at Peace River Regional Memorial Hospital, speaking to a patientSo, Merry Christmas, baby, and please just give a little more. COMMENTARY Christmas: Just give a little more rogerWILLIAMS


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PAGE 4 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 PublisherShelley Lundslund@floridaweekly.comManaging EditorCindy Reporters & ColumnistsLois Bolin Bill Cornwell Karen Feldman Artis Henderson Pamela V. Krol Peg Goldberg Longstreth Jim McCracken Kelly Merrit Alysia Shivers Jeannette Showalter Nancy Stetson Evan Williams Roger WilliamsPhotographersPeggy Farren Dennis Goodman Charlie McDonald Jim McLaughlin Marla OttensteinCopy EditorCathy CottrillPresentation EditorEric Raddatz eraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerKim Boone kboone@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersAmanda Hartman Jon Colvin Paul HeinrichCirculation ManagerPenny Kennedy pkennedy@floridaweekly.comCirculationPaul Neumann Gregory Tretwold David Anderson Carl FundAccount ExecutivesNicole Masse Sandy Rekar Cori Higgins Business Office ManagerKelli CaricoOffice AssistantMari HornbeckPublished by Florida Media Group LLCPason Gaddis Jeffrey Cull Jim Dickerson Street Address: Naples Florida Weekly 2025 J&C Blvd., Suite 5 Naples, Florida 34109 Phone 239.325.1960 Fax: 239.325.1964 Subscriptions:Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2009 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 239.333.2135 or visit us on the web at and click on subscribe today.One year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. MOMENTS IN TIME On Dec. 24, 1851, a devastating fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes, including most of Thomas Jeffersons personal library. Today, the collection, housed in three enormous buildings in Washington, contains more than 17 million books. On Dec. 26, 1946, in Las Vegas, mobster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel opens The Pink Flamingo Hotel and Casino at a total cost of $6 million. The 40-acre facility wasnt complete. Because gamblers had no rooms at the hotel, they took their winnings elsewhere. The casino lost $300,000 in the first week of operation. On Dec. 27, 1900, prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan., causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing her in jail. Nation became famous for carrying a hatchet and wrecking saloons as part of her antialcohol crusade. OPINION The White House didnt invite the firms that will create new jobs to its job summit dominated by the CEOs of big firms, Ivy League economists and union officials because they werent available. Many of them dont even exist yet.Our economic gospel says that small businesses create most jobs, although size doesnt matter as much as age. In a new study on job creation, the Kauffman Foundation found that from 1980-2005, nearly all net job creation in the United States occurred in firms less than five years old. The ultimate source of jobs is the vast, chaotic entrepreneurial churn that has always characterized the American economy at its best. No recovery is sustainable without it, yet the White House remains fixated on the gewgaws of new government programs and quick gimmicks. Its newness that really drives the job market. First, there are the startup firms. Without startups, according to Kauffman, net job creation for the American economy would be negative in all but a handful of years. But startups often go bust. About a third close down in their second year, half by year five. Those young firms that survive are key. The Kauffman study posits a symbiotic relationship between those wellestablished firms and the younger ones. As the new firms succeed, the older firms ape their innovations or acquire them. And on it goes, an endless process of creation and destruction that as long as entrepreneurial spirits run high nets out as new jobs. Its the state of this churn that should matter to policymakers more than the health of any specific industry or firm, yet its been ignored in the ongoing bailouts and the inaptly named $787 billion stimulus.Most of the spending in the stimulus ($280 billion out of $499 billion the rest was for tax credits) went to payments to states and localities. According to Governing magazine, states devoted 63 percent of the funds to Medicaid and 13 percent to their general-fund budgets. In other words, much of the stimulus acted to preserve the programmatic status quo in the states, not foster new job creation.And the stimulus has precluded major new policies favorable to the churn. Entrepreneurs must hire workers and acquire capital, and they benefit from anything that makes it cheaper and easier to do so. A cut in the payroll tax would have provided tax relief to individuals at the same time that it removed a drag to hiring. But its expensive and basically out of the question after President Barack Obamas $787 billion budget-buster. Worse, every business owner or would-be business owner in the country has the uncertainty of the healthcare bill, card-check legislation and capand-trade hanging over him. All would increase taxes and the cost of labor and of doing business. Every recession ends and jobs inevitably return, but theres a daunting path ahead. David Smick, author of The World Is Curved, notes that if the unemployment rate is to drop to 5 percent during the next five years, well need to create 250,000 new net jobs a month. The average has been 90,000 a month since 1989. Well never get there without a truly vibrant churn. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.BY RICH LOWRYJob one: Foster entrepreneurship GUEST OPINION After nearly a year in office, the defining political image of President Barack Obama has yet to emerge. Is he a hawk or a dove, a liberal or a moderate? His Nobel Peace Prize speech exposed his ambivalence. He harkened back to the Roman Catholic theologians to defend his just war in Afghanistan but he also expressed his ideals for a better world. Measuring Obamas performance is truly in the eyes of the beholder. To those who were enthralled with Obamas eloquence in the presidential campaign, reality is setting in. News flash: He doesnt walk on water. But then he has had to deal with more monumental problems than most freshmen presidents two wars and the biggest economic breakdown since the Great Depression in the 1930s. Like all chief executives, Obama has had to learn the difference between campaigning and governing. He is a gifted politician who understands the art of compromise and the need to play the game to achieve those goals. Half a loaf is better than none for the president, who nonetheless has been trumped on key issues by the obstructionist just say no Republicans and a smattering of so-called moderates, including the unctuous Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. As a result of his need to collect Senate votes for a health-care-reform bill if for no other reason than to show some reform this year Obama has abandoned a government insurance plan and given up on a proposal to permit Americans who reach the age of 55 to buy into Medicare. The liberals in his party were the losers along with the millions of people with no insurance. Dr. Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former governor of Vermont, said Wednesday that the bill pending in the Senate has been so diluted that its not worth passing. The only winners were the insurance companies that poured millions of dollars into the campaign to mold the legislation more to their liking. This is the insurance companies dream, Dean said on ABC-TV. Obamas policy toward Afghanistan is another disappointment for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. His decision to send 30,000 more American troops bringing the total in Afghanistan to about 100,000 showed that Obama was gambling on the side of the generals.The war supporters include the ranks of all GOP lawmakers, who seem to care more about the cost of universal health care than the multibillions of dollars spent for war. Its an Afghan war that has yet to be explained. Is it a geopolitical power play involving rivalry with China and Russia? Or is it to defeat, destroy and demean al-Qaida? Or is it to nation-build in Central Asia? The administrations standard public rationale has been that the U.S. cannot afford to have al-Qaida regroup in Afghanistan, a scenario that could evolve if Afghanistan is a failed state. Heres a question that needs to be addressed: Are we going to run around the globe and prop up other failed states just to keep al-Qaida out? Will we send troops to Somalia or Sudan to prop up weak central governments that seem unable to impose law and order in their own territories? We are begging the reluctant Pakistani and Afghan governments to fight their internal opponents the Taliban and the motley nihilist al-Qaida network. Is it their cause or ours? Do they really want our help or not? I sometimes think that Obamas policies are morphing faithfully into those of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. The president has yet to take his gloves off against the greedy Wall Streeters and oligarchs in Congress who led the country down the garden path right into the Great Recession and its tragic landscape of job loss, home foreclosures, poverty and hunger. I say to the president: The time has come for you to get tough. No more Mr. Nice Guy. helenTHOMAS Special to Florida Weekly Who is President Obama?


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PAGE 6 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 15 MINUTES 30,000-plus plants and counting, George Wilder cultivates his obsessioning the information associated with the collection number allows precise reference for documentation, publication and authentication purposes. Its a combination of both art and science, he says. Preparing a plant specimen is an artthe way theyre arranged on a sheet, the way theyre presented. Theres art in doing that.His work documents existing plant life. This is the last opportunity that I have now to provide proof of what is growing here. That is the most important thing about what Im doing, he says. With Marco Island, for example, there was a species there that is now extinct worldwide. Thats the only place it is known for certain to have grown. I looked hard for it, and I believe it is extinct now. I went to Marco Island 111 times and I never saw it once. The documented collection sites have long been replaced by developments, he says.Brenda Thomas, the environmental educator for the CREW Land and Water Trust, and Jean Roche, membership coordinator for The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and a former student of Dr. Wilder, are two of five volunteers who assist him at the herbarium. Ms. Thomas praises Dr. Wilders absolute commitment to excellence; Ms. Roche describes her mentor as a prolific botanist and says, With Dr. Wilder, everything is a teaching and learning experience. Im very happy here, he says, gesturing toward the Garden. This is heaven. I have my obsession, and I do it here in paradise. Who could want more? serves not only an inner calling but a greater good. His interest in floristics began late in his career. Regardless, this late-bloomers collection is now numbered to 30,617 and climbing. He collects and identifies each flora specimen; Garden volunteers help with the process involved with creating a herbarium sheet. After the specimen is collected, it is pressed, dried and affixed to a sheet of archival paper, then labeled with the necessary information. Specifically, the label includes the species name, the location of collection, collection date, name of collector(s) and the collection number. The number is critical, he says, addGeorge Wilder has loved nature for as long as he can remember. As a boy in Yonkers, as a young man in college, as a college professor and now more than ever in his retirement, botany has been his obsession. And as herbarium curator and botanist for the Naples Botanical Garden, he spends each day immersed in that obsession.He studied biology at Cornell University, obtained a Ph.D. in botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and spent four years doing post-doctoral research work at Harvard University. From there he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Cleveland State University and most recently as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.The beauty of academia, he says, is that teaching and research each strengthen the other. I emphasize both in my career. A test to determine his interests during his college years yielded high scores in both science and art. No doubt the latter played a role in meeting Rebecca, an accomplished pianist and his wife of 28 years. She was playing Brahms at a place she refers to as a soiree when the pair first met. We were both smitten, Dr. Wilder says. The couple married after a brief courtship. The combination of her physical and emotional beauty plus her excellent piano playing won me over, he says adding their differing interests create a source of mutual attraction. There were no differences, however, when it came to deciding upon Naples. The Wilders vacationed here 20 years ago, and knew immediately they wanted to live here when they retired. We fell in love with it instantly, Dr. Wilder recalls. I remember, we were in the vicinity of the Everglades; it was nighttime. We heard the sounds of the night, smelled the aroma of the plants It was magnificent. They purchased a condominium in Old Naples the following year and paid the mortgage off with the rental income. They moved to Naples permanently in 2002, after Dr. Wilder retired from CSU. He moved his herbarium to FGCU and transplanted it again to the Garden 2 years ago, where he devotes every day to the field of floristics (the study of flora). I work seven days a week, he says. I love doing what I do. I have a symbiosis with the Garden. The Garden gives him space and support to do his work, and in exchange, Dr. Wilder provides a role for science and is a source of expertise on native plants there. 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PAGE 8 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 may not. Some may be arguable and some indisputable. Some are complete and some will carry on into the New Year as works in progress. In success or failure, however, all of them will remain a testament to the talent and innovative power of our coastal community, and to its great heart and soul. These ideas are proof positive that in Southwest Florida, change is not considered mere novelty or nuisance but taken opportunity and fat chance. Here, then, are only a few of the ideas that reached fruition or were hammered out and presented on the public stage in the year now ending.FGCUS INNOVATION HUBYou wont see the I-HUB yet, except on the books where a million-dollar gift from the Backe Foundation appears (reinforced by an additional $750,000 state grant), or in the still-unbroken 241-acre parcel sandwiched between Southwest Florida International Airport and Florida Gulf Coast University, off Alico Road in Lee County. But the notion to bring together renewable energy research and applied science is more than mere whimsy. On 5 acres of the site, FGCU has announced plans to build a 50,000-square-foot renewable energy research center devoted to studying solar, wind, biotech and green technologies or any others that show promise as energy producers. The Backe Foundation grant, provided by former CBS President John D. Backe, will support the Backe Chair in Renewable Energy, a professorship for which the university is now seeking a scholar of national or international repute, officials say. The university is partnering in the I-HUB with Galvano Development, which provided the land, and the elder Backes son, John E. Backe, owner of Backes Digital Brand Marketing. With the university, they plan to lure both business and other academic interests to the research hub (officials from the University of Florida and Clemson University have already shown interest in the I-HUB, representatives say), providing opportunities for professors of various academic interests and for FGCU students to explore new energy uses by creating and using them on site. We want an independent utility district there that can convert waste to energy, so members will take power from the sites own utilities, and the University can grow companies on site that will develop in the region, says Rich Galvano, principal of Galvano Development.IMAGINE SOLUTIONS Knowledge is a critical commodity, and networking may be the critical mortar that makes such a commodity muscular, notes Randy Antik, CEO of a nonprofit foundation called Searching for Solutions Institute. Last month, SSI announced plans to bring a cadre of the best and brightest minds now exploring the fields of energy, environment, economics, education and health to Naples in a program called Imagine Solutions, on Feb. 22 and 23. Calling these the top five issues facing America and the world, Mr. Antik aims to connect well-known academicians, entrepreneurs and scientists, along with local citizens who wish to share their ideas and help pool knowledge. Participants are paying $2,000 for the two-day event, which will include such noteworthies as Susan Eisenhower, an analyst of energy, space and international security issues; Dean Ornish, M.D., founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of six books, including the bestseller Eat More, Weigh Less and The Spectrum; National Geographic Explorerin-Residence Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and author who has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours under water; inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway and founder of US FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); and former U.S. controller David Walker, advocate for fiscal responsibility and star of the documentary I.O.U.S.A, according to Lynne Groth, executive director of the Imagine Solutions conference. Modeled on TED and Aspen-Institute thought-leader conferences, Ms. Groth says, the conference will unite those who have the resources, connections and desire to make the world a better place.SOLAR FIELDS FP&L and FGCUWith the advent of a 2008 Florida legislative bill allowing utilities to produce as much as 110 megawatts of power from renewable sources, FP&L began work on a huge (by contemporary standards) 25 megawatt photovoltaic array of 90,000 panels on 181 acres, in DeSoto County. The project, which can provide power to about 3,000 homes by producing some 42,000-megawatt hours of electricity, went on line this year, complete with a presidential nod when Barack Obama arrived to celebrate the pioneering moment. The panels not only convert sunlight and its ultraviolet radiation directly into electricity, but the entire system relies on a novel tracking technology that allows each panel to move with the sun as its position changes in the daytime sky, much like sunflowers, morning glories or other plants capable of taking maximum advantage of sunlight. Not only did this renewable energy plant provide 400 jobs in the making, but at $150 million in total cost it came in about $22 million under budget, and will cost customers about 6 cents a month, says Jackie Anderson, an FP&L spokeswoman. Over its lifetime of about 30 years, she adds, it will avoid 575,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Thats because it uses no fuel. The new solar field also uses no water, a huge additional benefit as water becomes scarcer and an unheard of luxury compared to traditional power plants, which require seeming oceans of water for cooling. At FGCU, the remarkable new 19-acre solar field, 15 of it under solar module (akin to a solar panel, 10,818 of them) and 4 acres devoted to surrounding plants that can provide both protection and aesthetic value, comes fully on line this week. The field, temporarily holding claim as the largest on any campus in the world (a larger one will come on line in Arizona shortly) will supply about 18 percent of the power required on campus, or 2 megawatts, says Joe Shepard, vice president for administrative services and finances. At a cost of $14 million, $9 million provided by the state and the university itself, and the remainder by private industry, the solar field will ultimately save the university about $700,000 a year, estimates Mr. Shepard. One other exceptionally good idea here: The field has been placed on gravel, not grass. That design feature will require much less upkeep and water. Additionally, the gravel was made on campus, from rocks that came from pond excavation required to retain water.THE OTHER KIND OF GROWTHWhile economic and technological growth captured a significant portion of American and regional expertise in 2009, some of the other most innovative minds have devoted themselves not to cultivation of the American greenback, but to the nurture and sustenance of flora. The dazzling new Naples Botanical Gardens opened in the fall, completing the first and major step in a multiyear, $36 million project to harness IDEASFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOThe Naples Botanical Gardens opened in the fall, completing the first and major step in a multi-year, $36 million project.COURTESY PHOTOFGCU solar fields become operational this week.COURTESY PHOTOFGCUs I-HUB will bring together renewable energy research and applied science.ANTIK


WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NEWS A9 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.comworld-class landscape designers to the passion for growing things and the energy of Neapolitan volunteers and philanthropists. This garden is now one of the finest of its kind and size 170 acres in the United States. More precisely, the Naples Botanical is not one but five gardens, each designed by an internationally renowned landscape designer. They include an Asian (still in progress), a Brazilian, a Caribbean, a Childrens and a Florida Garden. For a while (making this happen) was like herding cats, the most painful thing you can imagine, recalls Ellin Goetz, the only Neapolitan to qualify as an A-list designer among the international set (she designed the Florida garden). But in the end, perhaps, it became more like herding a disciplined, carefully choreographed company of fine dancers. With a new FGCU research center, a sophisticated herbarium, the leadership of Brian Holley (executive director) and far-sighted volunteer leaders including Juliet Sproul (a Collier by birth), along with such powerful engines of philanthropy as Scott and Kathleen Kapnick, this garden may be the single most enriching gift of the decades final year in Southwest Florida.FUTURISTSIf Florida Weekly were to award a first place for Social Futurists, it would likely go to the five Lee County commissioners. In a rare moment of unanimity and should we say it? solidarity, commissioners here adopted a complete streets policy, resolving to allow no future road construction without accommodating bicyclists, pedestrians and public transport. Thats a major step toward a much healthier, safer, less expensive and more sustainable quality of life for future residents. Such a step should not be underestimated for its potential impact on our lives. In 2007 and 2008, there were 32 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists killed by motor vehicles in Lee, and nine pedestrians and two bicyclists killed in each neighboring coastal county, Collier and Charlotte. In addition to the devastation of hearts and minds when such a tragedy occurs, the economic cost per death is about $4.1 million, according to the National Safety Council (the much greater number of injuries average about $53,000 per incident in economic cost). And nowadays, traveling without a motor vehicle anywhere on the southwest coast can prove more dangerous than almost anywhere else in the United States. Charlotte County ranks as the most dangerous place in Florida for pedestrians, and the second most dangerous in the nation; Lee County ranks 23rd on the list of most dangerous American places for pedestrians and bicyclists, and among the top 10 in Florida; and Collier County is rated as twice as lethal for pedestrians as the national average. Complete Streets, according to the new Lee County resolution, are no more inexpensive than incomplete streets. Retrofitting incomplete streets is a different matter, however, and it remains to be seen how much county commissioners in any county here will commit themselves to the complete streets concept in the new year.RED MAN RISINGIn a striking first or at least an unheard-of rarity, the Seminole tribe of Native Americans, who claim the distinction of being the only Indians never to surrender to U.S. Army units in the 19th century, are now being celebrated off the reservation and in the heart of the occupiers kingdom, downtown Fort Myers. The special moment comes courtesy of Woody Hanson, a fifthgeneration native whose grandfather, W. Stanley Hanson, was embraced as the white medicine man by the tribe. The contemporary Mr. Hanson, owner of Hanson Real Estate Advisors in Fort Myers, has turned his downtown property on Hendry Street into Seminole Lodge, a new museum housing more than 1,000 never-beforeseen photos, writings and drawings from the Hanson family archive. Many of these unique records of the lives of Seminoles come from the time of Mr. Hansons grandfather, who was born in 1883 and died in 1945. He helped the tribe as it faced illness, intense bigotry and animosity, and changing times and environments, winning the trust of its leaders and earning an unprecedented access to tribal life. The museum, open at no cost to all comers, comes itself from the heart of a passionate and selfless philanthropist whose stellar idea appears to be very simple: Do not embark for the future unless youve armed yourself with the past. Seminole Lodge allows visitors to read, print and use the information freely, or to study Mr. Hansons collection of Seminole artifacts and clothing or just to talk, drink coffee, or carry on at the reminiscent nerve center of an entire, and now mostly lost, culture.THE BIG BANG FOR THE BIG BUCKMaybe its still iffy. But its a lot less iffy than it used to be, back when Murray Hendel first presented the idea to the Tourist Development Council in Collier County bring the Chicago Cubs to Naples for spring training, build them a stadium, and you get them for 11 months not just one month (like the Red Sox or the Twins up in Lee County). Thats because the Cubs do things a little differently, Mr. Handel says. They conduct their business all year out of their spring training accommodations (currently in Mesa, Arizona). Along with that, youll harvest huge economic benefits over time: jobs for construction of a new stadium, massive influxes of cash to the tourist and commercial development industries, and a much greater national profile, since 57 million listeners tune in to Cubs games on radio and television. Mr. Hendels voice carried some weight hes vice chairman of the TDC, after all, which directs the tourist tax, about 4 percent or $14 million. But that didnt count for much, at first. The other TDC members turned him down flat, refusing even to allow the proposal to be put on the agenda, he recalls. But now thats changed. Recently the TDC voted 7 to 1 to pursue a public-private partnership that would build the stadium a 15,000-seat confection, in one idea and do it all without costing taxpayers too much money. A consortium of Naples business leaders and officials now stand behind the project, too. The whole concept is, if you get them the Cubs you have to build a stadium. But your sales taxes will not be raised, nor will your property taxes, Mr. Hendel says. It will all be done utilizing funds excluding those two. Meanwhile, the Cubs are still negotiating both with Naples officials and with those in Arizona. And nobody is yet sure just where a new stadium would go, or exactly how it would be paid for. Right now, were waiting for a signal from the Cubs, Mr. Hendel explains he hopes a curve ball wont follow that signal. When it happens probably soon, he figures details will be hammered out. So stay tuned, along with 57 million other listeners.THE PUBLIC SPIRITPublic Art is a phrase that always resonated in places like New York and Boston and Chicago and Hartford, Connecticut, where town leaders once saw fit to spend a huge sum on a bunch of big rocks that were transported into the town center by dump truck, and dropped in not much of a pattern at the direction of an avant-garde artist on the town green. But times, and places, have changed. When then-Mayor Jim Humphrey and other Fort Myers officials decided to make public art a necessary part of city development a few years ago, they werent thinking of big rocks and probably not of four-story parking garages like the new county garage on Broadway, across from the Justice Center. But now the city will get something entirely new, a first-of-its-kind series of 38-foot panels covering 30,000 square feet of the garage, and meant to be visible from all over downtown. Created by the internationally renowned, New York-based artist, Marylyn Dintenfass, the work will effectively render the garage art rather than eyesore, suggests Barbara Hill, the citys public art program consultant. Art can help the public get a better sense of place, and it serves as a landmark or a point of community pride, she says. Ms. Hill worked with the citys volunteer public art committee to choose a design from among those submitted both by regional and national bidders. The cost is surprisingly low roughly about $40,000 and the money comes from a county pool and developer-paid fees collected in boom times by the city, for art. That low cost arises in part because the artist became intrigued with the technology required to expand her work, done as a storyboard, digitally onto massive fiberglass scrim panels that will fit in the screens or bars now visible on the side of the building, Ms. Hill says. Its functional art, too, which is another good idea. Its a resin material and scrim, which means its perforated so you can actually see through it and it allows for sufficient air circulation so exhaust fumes from cars in the garage will not be an issue, she says. Look for it to appear before spring.THE NEW ARCHITECTUREWhen the Six Mile Cypress Slough Interpretive Center opened its doors in February in Lee County, it marked a first-of-its-kind green building on the Southwest coast. The building was the first to receive the prestigious LEED certification, a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to separate the green wheat from the chaff. We had to place it within a very sensitive ecosystem on a very little bit of the site already disturbed, and we had to work around trees and with other factors, says architect Jeff Mudgett of Parker, Mudgett & Smith, who designed the building. Result: A beautiful structure that almost appears to grow out of the woods, demanding little in the way of resources from the land around it, but providing a light and airy space inside. There, visitors may study the nature of life just outside and round them in the slough, more academically than they do in walking out. It started just with volunteer passion, says Mr. Mudgett, who grew up in Fort Myers and also chairs the citys public arts committee, and expresses great pride in the work.Its an idea-made-real, and one we hope inspires others in the new decade. COURTESY PHOTOSix Mile Cypress Slough Interpretive CenterCOURTESY RENDERINGAn artists rendering of the public art project in downtown Fort Myers. f ive Lee y t s g re o n i sts, t e p l ess m ore i t y r es i n in lea d a n ac c li f op to c t p Lo dg e a ll ows vi s idhif Vol. III, No. 37 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 2-8, 2009Dial M.The classi at the Flo Dec. 4. C MA C hedfriendsat Sanibel parkS streets Southwest Floridas deadly BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ Toni Ferrell was nearing the end of a morning bike ride with a friend when she stopped at a busy Southwest Florida intersection to wait for the pedestrian go signal. Everything changed for me after that, she admits. Which intersection is less important than this troubling fact, in Ms. Ferrells mind: her fateful crossing could have occurred at any one of scores of intersections in a region where roads have been planned and built for decades without thought of walkers or bicyclists. Traveling without a motor vehicle here can be more dangerous than almost anywhere else in the United States, new research reveals. Charlotte County ranks as the most dangerous place for pedestrians in Florida and the second most dangerous in the nation; Lee CountySEE STREETS, A8 CHARLOTTE COUNTY LEE COUNTY FLORIDA STATEWIDE NATIONAL 0 75 150 225 300 400 SARASOTA COUNTY COLLIER COUNTY GAINESVILLETHE RISK OF WALKINGPEDESTRIAN DANGER INDEX**The Pedestrian Danger Index is a measure of the relative risk of walking, adjusted for exposure.

PAGE 10 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 UNDERCOVER HISTORIAN Twas the night before Christmas, Old Naples styleTwas the night before Christmas when all through Naples town It was silently eerie as the sun settled down When all of a sudden, in a moment of flash Came a sound of loud creaking as this spirit did dash What was that? I asked to an old man who happened by Sounds like Papa Pier hunting Nonnie Naples, he sighed through his reply Papa Pier loved Nonnie Naples this old one told this tale So did all who came before them, by water, roads or rail This siren was something, this Nonnie of lore, Luring men from all ages to the promise of her shores It was love at first sight when Papa was birthed From blood, sweat and tears, he rose from this earth Companions they were birthing this community, tis true Bringing all connections together, including crackers and bloods of blue Their children called pioneers carry forth their love of this land Being kinships of support, always there to lend a hand As time has gone by, Papa sees her less and less So he searches at high tides or when the Gulf peaks its crest The old man then paused and studied my face As if to see into beyond or feel my sense of place He nodded then said You are a lucky one To have been chosen tonight to feel what many have shun No harmony is sweeter than Nonnie Naples and Papa Pier They represent the best in us all all those things we hold dear Papa loved the water her animals, her breeze Nonnie loved neighbors and family, always looking to help or please He went quiet after that, as the moon stood on high I pondered and questioned then the winds breathed repliesBY LOIS BOLIN ____________________Special to Florida Weekly I turned to make comments, but the stranger no more was there Where once he stood with stories now gone, yet I do solemnly swear On this night before Christmas, in the silence I heard A Merry Christmas to you! Please give Nonnie my love Could it be it was he leaving these thoughts in the wind Asking help to spread the message from a newly found friend? As I walked toward the Pier past Beardy Banyan I heard A calling of praise saying, Hes the one was their word In a moment of still all the trees seemed to bow Like sentinels on duty acknowledging the now Twas the night before Christmas from our Naples Pier all was bright Merry Christmas, I whispered, from behind me was a Good night ORIGINAL ART OF THE NAPLES PIER / KEN ANDEXLER


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NEWS A11 Naples Pack & Ship Packing & Shipping Solutions We will pick up, wrap and send your gifts using Fed Ex or US mail.We Pack like its our own .CarefullySend It Your Way WE SHIP LUGGAGE The celebration of good fortune for the New Year has been a tradition observed since ancient Babylon around 4,000 years ago. Since, then, countries around the world have adopted their own unique good luck rituals. In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead. For the Chinese New Year, every front door is adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, red being a symbol of good luck and happiness. In the U.S.A., we enjoy the kiss shared at the stroke of midnight. In the same spirit of promoting goodwill, Mercato will celebrate the first day of the New Year from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. In the North Naples centers First Friday fashion, the streets will be energized by live musical entertainment set up across from The Pub and also next to Whole Foods Market.You wont have to be a sommelier to appreciate the fine wine sampling at Whole Foods Market. For $5, you can taste up to 20 vintages. Elsewhere throughout Mercato, enjoy First Friday special discounts, in-store drawings and more.At Mercato, the concept of goodwill and helping our neighbors is promoted at every First Friday throughout the year. Each month, someone in the Collier County community who is struggling with medical issues and related costs is honored through Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an offshoot of Cody Mading, Januarys recipient, is a 16-year-old Estero High School student who is fighting brain cancer and remains on hospital homebound status. Medical costs with stem cell therapy alone will cost $250,000, and Codys family has no medical insurance. provides an Internet-based home for nonprofits, businesses and the public to share information about charitable events, volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved and give back. Registeration is free, and members have access to make tax-deductible donations on line, offer in-kind services, set up sponsorships or nominate persons in need. Anyone who knows of someone in need is encouraged to submit a nomination on To learn more, visit Welcome the New Year at Mercatos First FridaySPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY 10154 Heritage Bay Blvd. Naples, FL 34120(East of I-75 off Immokalee Rd.)www.golfheritagebay.comCall 239-384-6166Heritage BaySunday Brunch $11.95 Tuesday the 29th family night buffet for 16.95Reservations NeededCall 384-6166 We cater to all types of events Brides, Celebrate your special day with us! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Try the most beautiful dining room in town


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NEWS A13 Remaa e hings bapt ninn Kensingtof Golr & Country Club!A -bt nbt fbnbrfn-n r fb n Nn, fb R Tb Jb J. Cb J rnfbf r, n rt n $5 Mffb r bnfb. Kbfbb Cb J f N Ob.G Mf nnfn nfb bt $10,000. Cnfb nbt Pfn Eb Snr nnfn. For more information on membership opportunities or to talk about hosting a holiday party or wedding at Kensington, please contact Lindsey LaCroix at 239.213.1983 Save a Life is Holiday Season.To make a donation, please call 239-985-3550 or visit Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is the fundraising arm of Lee Memorial Health System and supports lifesaving programs and care in our six-hospital system.As a safety-net health system, we treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay for our services. Lee Memorial Health System depends on the philanthropic support of our community to continue to provide excellence in medical care to all who call Southwest Florida home. Among a myriad of services including highlevel cardiac and stroke care we house the only Childrens Hospital between Tampa and Miami and provide hope and healing to those treated at our comprehensive Regional Cancer Center located in Fort Myers. We hope you will join us in our lifesaving mission.Call 239-985-3550 or take time to visit to make a year-end gift that will help save the lives of people in our community. Kids enjoying the holiday break from school can sign up for roller hockey camp conducted by Pro Elite Hockey in the rink at Veterans Community Park. The camps take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Morning sessions from 8 a.m. to noon are designed for ages 7-9, while afternoons from 1-5 p.m. are best suited for ages 10-12. Each session will include one hour of land training and conditioning, a 30-minute lecture, a 30-minute lunch and two hours of skills and skating. Players will practice all aspects of the game, from power skating to stick handling, passing, shooting, scoring, speed and agility. The importance of team play also will be stressed as players learn about each position as well as offensive, defensive, neutral zone and breakout strategies. Attendees are required to bring lunch, drinks, sneakers and shorts in addition to hockey skates. Cost is $99 per player, with free attendance for goalies. Training youth, high school and college students is the future of hockey, explains Sam Lyons, who has coached and trained more than 100 professional hockey players and has had 12 players sign directly to the National Hockey League from Pro Elite Hockey camps. If you want to compete with the best, you need to train with the best, he believes. Coach Lyons has assembled a stellar coaching team that includes threetime National Roller Hockey Champion Tyler Landers of Team USA and threetime national Roller Hockey Champion Coach Doug Landers. Pro Elite Hockey camps have a 5:1 ratio of players to qualified coaches so the players get the best drills taught by the best instructors. Coach Lyons program places a large focus on a facet of the game that is so integral: mental conditioning and confidence. Hockey is a game of mistakes. Those who learn to rebound quickly from their mistakes will become the great hockey players, he reasons. We want kids leaving our camps confident in their abilities on and off the rink, he declares. Since 1983, Pro Elite Hockey has conducted hockey schools and clinics in the United States, Canada and Russia. Coach Lyons relocated to Naples earlier this year, bringing more than 40 years national and international hockey experience including 17 years as a scout for the NHLs Boston Bruins. For more information or to register for Pro Elite Hockey camps, call Coach Lyons at 431-7090 or e-mail joelyons@ Youth roller hockey camps help fill holiday break time ed an d ag ilit y. Th e p lay also will be a rn about each f fensive, defend b rea k out e d to e a k on is e e gh t uof a m ed a n ey 2 o T t o e y 4

PAGE 14 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Six NCH board members and 16 colleagues recently attended the 21st annual National Forum of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www. Joining us in Orlando were more than 5,300 other health care leaders (with an additional 15,000 on satellite) from around the world, learning and discussing the core topic of how to provide the best, most efficient and safest care for everyone we serve. NCH first attended IHI four years ago with the encouragement of John Morrison, who had just assumed the chairmanship of the boards Quality Committee. We were impressed then, and remained so this year, with the passion and competence of the organizations leading the way to better quality. NCH was privileged this year to have its teams share our best practices on eight different projects: Physician rounding: Dr. Jeff McCartney led the way with clinical rounds, in which an independent physician goes around with a clinical team and makes suggestions as needed for safer patient experience. Expedited access to our PostAcute Rehab Unit on 5S: Heather Baker shared the fact that patients are now admitted about a full day sooner with vigorous therapies leading to a faster return of function and, overall, more efficient care. Reduced pressure ulcers: R.N. Joan McInerney shared our years of sustained improvement in avoiding this dreaded complication of skin breakdown. Antibiotic timing for pneumonia patients: R.N. Lisa Leonard was on the team that helped standardize the administration of the appropriate antibiotic within six hours of coming to the ER for patients with pneumonia. The promptness in treatment improves prognosis and shortens the hospital stay. Patient flow improvements: RNs Sally Cowan and Susan Theroux along with Mark Milner addressed a country-wide problem and how our door-to-doctor time is 33 minutes Downtown and 40 minutes at North Naples, where we just opened the new Bruce and Cynthia Sherman waiting room. Improving nursing documentation: Interim CNO Michele Thoman and R.N. Robin McCarl-Galbavy shared the process to reduce duplication in nursing documentation, which can take up to a third of a nurses day. Associate CNO Laurie Zone Smith led this huge nursing team project. Nurses want to spend their time carig for patients and families, not documenting unnecessarily. Reducing harm from anticoagulation therapy: R.N. Jon Kling shared our collaboration among pharmacy, lab and clinical folks to help avoid harm with this common group of medications. Falls prevention: Our Florida Hospital Association awardwinning, system-wide project has decreased falls by 20 percent at NCH. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NEWS A17 At TPC Treviso Bay, remarkable golf is just the beginning of an outstanding PGA TOUR experience. Exclusive opportunity to preview TPC Treviso Bay... the only PGA TOUR experience in Southwest Florida.TODAY. TIMELESS. TPC TREVISO BAY. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE NO MORE THAN 14 DAYS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE GOLF SHOP AT 239.331.2052 | $175 PREVIEW RATE PER PLAYER (PLUS APPLICABLE TAXES)RATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AT COLLIERSEMINOLE STATE PARK OUTDOORSIm sure youve heard Floridas state bird, the northern mockingbird, sing even if you dont know it.Mockingbirds sing a medley copied from more than 40 other birds, singing each birdcall two or three times before changing to a new tune. Both males and females sing, but bachelor males sing for hours during the day and on moonlit nights.Because of the mockingbirds beautiful voice, it is sometimes called the American nightingale. The northern mockingbirds scientific name, Mimus polyglottos, means many-tongued mimic. Mockingbirds can mimic a barking dog, a squeaky door and even piano notes so well that electronic detection devices have trouble telling the difference. These birds continually add new sounds to their collection. Its no surprise they are classified as songbirds and as such, are protected by local, state and federal laws.The mockingbird is a non-migrating, year-round resident throughout most of North America. Despite its name, however, the northern mockingbird is present in the highest concentration in the south.This light gray bird has a white underside and white patches on its wings. It grows to 9-11 inches long, including its relatively long tail, and has a wingspan of about 14 inches. Striking yellow eyes and a slightly curved bill accent this otherwise plain bird. Sexes cannot be distinguished by their appearance. Mockingbirds live in deserts, woodlands and even cities, but they prefer open grassy areas for feeding and thick shrubs for nesting. They use trees or poles for perching, singing and to keep an eye on their territory so they can defend their nests and their environment. And defend they do. Dogs, cats, other birds and people are fair game if they get too close. Mockingbirds are territorial all year, but between March and August, theyre particularly aggressive. Sometimes they single out individual people and attack them while ignoring others. In Florida, both sexes of mockingbirds build several cupshaped nests of twigs, dry leaves and grass, plus cigarette filters, string, paper and cotton if they find it. The female incubates three to six blue-green speckled eggs for 11-14 days, and then both parents feed the hatchlings. If broods overlap, the male care for fledglings while the female incubates the next clutch. After 12 days chicks will leave the nest and hop on the ground. Parents still feed their young during this time.Mockingbirds mate for the season and occasionally for life. One documented pair lived together for eight years, their normal lifespan in the wild. Mockingbirds are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They consume spiders and insects, earthworms and small lizards as well as fruits and seeds. Feeders dont usually attract them, but they might stop on a platform feeder for a few bites of millet, cracked corn or sunflower seed. Mockingbirds control pests by eating beetles, ants, wasps and grasshoppers. They disburse berry and fruit seeds. Best of all, they cheer us with their melodious songs. Next time you hear one singing, stop and enjoy the melodies. Youll be glad you did. Many-tongued mimic is Floridas state birdBY LEE BELANGER__________________________Volunteer Collier-Seminole State Park COURTESY PHOTONorthern mockingbird (mimus polyglottos) Paddle, hike with park guidesGuided day and moonlight canoe trips and hikes are booking up quickly at CollierSeminole State Park. This seasons schedule is as follows: >>Guided daytime canoe trips take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Participants paddle through a mangrove wonderland along the Blackwater River and listen to a park ranger tell stories about the Seminoles survival. These trips are fun for ages 6 and older; cost is $25 per person. >>Guided moonlight paddles take place from 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 28 and 30, Jan. 27 and 29, Feb. 26 and 27, and March 27 and 29. Join a park naturalist and discover the changes nighttime brings along the Blackwater River. These trips are great for ages 12 and older; cost is $30 per person. >>Guided night hikes take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 13, Feb. 10 and 11 and March 10 and 13. These walking adventures are ideal for ages 6 and older; cost is $10 per person. Those who want to discover CollierSeminole State Park on their own can explore the parks 11 miles of hiking trails from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Enjoy picnicking, birding, shing, camping, a boat ramp and the historic walking dredge that was used to build the Tamiami Trail. Entrance to the park is at 20200 U.S. 41, eight miles east of Highway 951. Reservations are required for the guided hikes and canoe trips. Call 392-3397 for more information.

PAGE 18 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Pets of the WeekTo adopt a petThis weeks pets are from Brooks Legacy Animal Rescue and are living in foster homes. Brooks Legacy volunteers take adoptable pets to Petco on Naples Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call 434-7480, e-mail or visit www. >>Yukon Cornelius is a 2-year-old, 45-pound, neutered merle cattle dog. He has beautiful coloring and is a nice guy. >>Candy Cane is a 2-year-old spayed boxer mix who weighs about 35 pound. Shes a very happy girl with lots of love to share. >>Tipp is a 3-monthold spayed red point Siamese mix. Shell gladly keep you company wherever you go. >>Gingerbread Cake is a 1-yearold neutered wirehair Dachshund/ terrier mix whos about 12 pounds of adorable. For Reservations Call 239-403-3020IN 41 MINUTESDaily Flights from Naples Municipal Airport $135 ppEACH WAY the house, for whatever reason, then dont get a dog. If you cant let a dog be part of your family, then dont get a dog. You dont get the benefits of companionship from a dog you see so little. You dont even get much in the way of protection from the pet who has no access to the house. And dont count on outdoor dogs as an early warning system. These animals often become such indiscriminate barkers that you couldnt tell from their sound whether the dogs are barking at a prowler or at a toddler riding a tricycle down the street. Besides, people who keep outdoor dogs seem to become quite good at ignoring the noise they make, as any angry neighbor can vouch. Outdoor dogs often become a problem to their owners. Bored and lonely, these animals develop any number of bad habits. They dig craters in the yard. They bark endlessly day and night. They become chewers of outdoor furniture, sprinkler heads and siding. And sometimes, without the socialization all dogs need, they become aggressive, ready to bite anyone who comes into their territory. If youre considering getting a puppy or dog with the intent of keeping him exclusively outside, please reconsider for the animals sake as well as your own and your neighbors. For those who love pets, a pristine home is nothing compared to the pleasures of living with an animal whos really bonded to you. If you have a dog who has been banished because of behavior problems, find someone to help you turn the situation around. Ask your veterinarian for a referral to a behaviorist or trainer who can show you how to overcome the things that are driving you crazy, whether its house-soiling, uncontrolled chewing or just the ill-mannered exuberance of a dog who doesnt know any better. Allergies are a tad trickier, but an allergist may be able to help, along with attention to keeping the house and pets cleaner, using air cleaners and turning bedrooms into no-pet zones for allergyfree sleep. Its worth the effort. Once you have a dog you can welcome into your home and your heart, youll start to reap the benefits of a relationship thats finally being realized to its fullest potential. And thats good news for you both. Many dogs enjoy time outside, but even those wellequipped for cooler weather are lonely and often loud when left alone.Why get a pet if you dont want a pet in your life? I have often wondered this as I walk my dogs down streets lined with fences behind which lonely outdoor dogs bark as we go by. I dont know what they look like and can only guess their size by the deepness of their voices. But I know what the lives of these dogs are too often like. They are animals born to be part of a social structure, a pack or a family, yet this is denied them. They spend their lives on the outside, looking in. The experts say many of these dogs will never really bond with owners who interact with them so little. When the puppy is no longer cute and the children grow tired of the care they promised to provide, when the destructiveness escalates or the neighbors complain about the noise, its often just easier to dump the dog than solve the problem. I have always had difficulty understanding why people want to keep dogs outside. If keeping a beautiful house and yard are of the utmost importance to you, then dont get a dog. If you know someone in your family cant abide a dog in PET TALES Bring em insideBY GINA SPADAFORI _______________________________Universal Press SyndicateDogs are happier when allowed to be family members


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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS INDUSTRY BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 WEEK at-a-glance Holidays After 5Chamber members spread cheer at Hilton Naples, and other business events. B7 & 8 Welcome to the clubKensington Country Club shows off clubhouse improvements. B9 Minding the storesMeet Jill Kobe, general manager at Waterside Shops. B2 HOW WOULD YOU FIXNow that Tiger Woods has driven himself out-ofbounds with a series of alleged extramarital affairs and alleged links to a Canadian doctor under investigation, Florida Weekly asked local marketing and public relations professionals to weigh in on how they would get Tiger out of the rough and back into the hearts of the golfing and general public. Granted, its some heavy lifting. The most famous TIGERSIMAGE?GETTY IMAGESIs Tiger Woods in danger of losing his famous brand?SEE TIGER, B4 FLORIDA WEEKLY STAFF REPORT_________________________Florida Weekly asked Southwest Florida public relations pros ...Any way you cut it, Dubai is an interesting story. Beyond that, it speaks volumes about the current international investment scene.On Thanksgiving Day, normally an uneventful day for financial markets worldwide, Dubai announced that it needed and was taking a six-month moratorium on paying $80 million to $100 billion of Dubai World debt. Ouch! Most investors know of Dubai. They know it is an Arab state that has made the headlines for its many real estate projects of gargantuan proportion, including: the worlds tallest building; an indoor ski resort; the worlds most expensive hotel; and the largest man-made islands, among other distinguishable projects. Dubai is a happening place in the eastern hemisphere and, while NYC is unlikely to be overtaken as a the financial capital of the world, Dubai was making a run at it and certainly looked to eclipse Hong Kong as the financial capital of the eastern world. As Panama is to South America and Central America, maybe Dubai would be neutral territory for India, China and the Arab states. Maybe. For further perspective on Dubai, here are some salient facts. Dubai is one of the seven states within the United Arab Emigrates, more commonly known as the UAE. The UAE is a very important member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, better known as OPEC. The best-known UAE state is Abu Dhabi, which has a lot more oil and wealth than Dubai and it boasts the worlds largest sovereign wealth fund (a fund of financial assets either run by a central bank or a government entity and, in this case, $850 billion managed by the UAE Central Bank). Dubai is a financial and real estate center but it is not an oil gorilla as are the other sister states or neighboring membersWhat a difference a Dubai makes!SEE MONEY, B5 MONEY& INVESTING JeannetteSHOWALTER, CFA

PAGE 22 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Jill Kobe, general manager-marketing director at Waterside Shops, answered the phone with a slight giggle in her voice. She confessed that I had just caught her and her staff in a funny moment. Turns out, a few weeks earlier Ms. Kobe had been so touched upon meeting the children of the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee that she decided to hold a holiday party for them at Waterside, complete with a visit from Santa and lots of donated toys for gifts. She was anticipating about 150 children, but just minutes before I called she was informed that the number was going to be closer to 400. She was a bit stunned, a lot excited and a little anxious as to whether or not they could manage to collect that many toys in the four days left before the party But the thought of being able to give to all of those youngsters overrode any initial doubts. I cant turn anyone away. Well figure it out, she said. Even in the midst of her huge responsibility of maintaining the reputation and growing the customer base of Waterside, philanthropy tops Ms. Kobes list of whats most important. My mentality is if you are not giving back, none of it really matters, she said. Everything I do has a charitable element to it. And looking ahead to 2010, shes got tons of event ideas that will likely bring the community together at Waterside and present ways to better use the centers space, including fashion shows (maybe even one for dogs, considering shes a big animal activist), cocktail parties and movie nights around the fountains. Shes even toying with hosting an event in conjunction with the Academy Awards. While all of these are certainly fun for Waterside and for those who attend, each will include a way to give back. In fact, if you come to Waterside for its intended purpose to shop and you happen to drop a coin into one of the fountains, even that goes to charity. Ms. Kobes goal for the New Year is to collect 1 million pennies from the fountains for The Childrens Museum of Naples. The other facet of her job revolves around her approximate 60 retailers. Rather than hole up in her office, shes typically out and about the shops, visiting with managers and employees and listening to their needs. I am committed to their success, she said. And during challenging economic times, she does her best to create a team atmosphere or a team Waterside as she likes to call it. She understands that sales, or the lack of, over the course of one day can make or break them, which is why she uses humor to lighten the mood. During these times, people need to laugh, she said. She also coordinates nights out for the store managers so they can build relationships outside of the business arena. Surprisingly, while Ms. Kobe adores her work, this Milwaukee, Wis., native never dreamed of a managerial role, and the idea of marketing never even crossed her mind during her years at the University of Wisconsin. Back then, she was focused on becoming an artist, and sometimes thoughts of Broadway would linger. I thought I would do something artistic, but I was always recruited to do marketing, she said. Right out of school she was offered a marketing coordinator position with Blockbuster, a job she loved because she got to be creative and social. After a couple of years she chose to take some time off to raise her children, who are now 18 and 15 and twins who are 11. She returned to the workforce with some part-time gigs and says her big break came when she was offered the corporate marketing director position for Panera Bread, where she worked directly with the company founder. That led to becoming manager of Aspen Gr ove, a lifestyle/ shopping center in Colorado. But being manager of a large property and overseeing a huge staff meant her creativity went by the wayside for a while; that is, until she met someone with the Forbes Company who described a general manager position at Waterside with a heavy marketing slant. It was a perfect fit, and today, just six months after accepting the post, Ms. Kobe and her kids are spending time at the beach collecting shells an activity so unlike their days in Denver skiing. This is a new experience for us, she said. BY ALYSIA SHIVERS ____________________Special to Florida Weekly BUSINESS PROFILE For Waterside boss, minding the stores also means giving back COURTESY PHOTOWaterside Shops VIP holiday guests from the Guadalupe Center Federal Tax Credits forEnergy Ef ciency LIC.# CVC056664 Sunbelt O ce FurnitureNaples239-566-2857O ce Furniture & Design239-337-1212Let us create a healing environment for your patients byKOBE


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Samantha Scott, Pushing the Envelopeand well-paid athlete in the world has essentially dropped off the planet in terms of explaining his mounting transgressions as former mistresses line up for a piece of the action. So how can the Associate Press Athlete of the Decade salvage his lucrative brand? Here is some of the advice our local image-makers have for Tiger: >> John Sprecher, chairman and chief creative officer of NOISE, a marketing and branding firm on Sanibel: If Tiger Woods was a client of NOISE, we would already be working off of the Crisis Communications Plan that wouldve been drafted earlier, as one of the cornerstone elements of a Global Brand Plan. Therefore, we would be doing or suggesting the following: Suspend your golf play indefinitely (already done), and if you really love your wife, get to work on your marriage, including some serious counseling on addictive behaviors. Whatever you do in the short term, do it honestly and true to your soul, and in no way manipulatively. This is about your life and your family. Open your Facebook Fan page to allow comments from fans currently more than 1.3 million which it does not now. Give your fans a chance to express their opinions, whatever their opinions. It gives them ownership and a connection to you. It makes them feel empowered and valued. It gives them a controlled place to vent, versus dissing you on other social networking sites. Plus it gives you a finger on the pulse of the fandom, almost market research, if you will. Go ahead and post something on your Facebook page. Apologize and engage your audience. Your last post was Nov. 6. Tell Phil Knight to shut up. Hes not doing you favors right now. This is more than a blip on your career. At some point, thinking longer term, negotiate with Minutes for an exclusive. Maybe early February, after the Super Bowl. Prepare to be brutally honest. Prepare for some brutal questions. If you have undergone counseling to this point, and your marriage may be repaired, let the media know youre trying to do the right things. If your wife wants to talk, let her talk. If she wants to be seen with you, be seen. Make a large donation in late spring to a family charity. Try to drop it as quickly as you can, next summer. Youve gone through hell, youve repented, youve been forgiven. Youre moving on, and the public will, too. >> Samantha Scott, principal of Bonita Springs-based Pushing the Envelope: Even called Tigergate by some, Tigers attempt at secrecy only fueled the medias hunt for blood and the publics rumor mill. It could have been a shorter firestorm, but its still one he can recover from. In the age of social media where transparency is the buzzword, trust is even more important in the relationship a celebrity has with their fans. As Peter Bordes, CEO of MediaTrust said, Consumers trust, respect, and admire brands and celebrities who are real. If you are being real, you have nothing to hide. Tiger is an icon, but he is also a human being who is imperfect as we all are. Now that hes admitted to his fall from grace and imperfections, he should release a clear, prepared statement about his plan for both his personal and professional life. Pointing to a brighter future, his true supporters will back him. If hes honest, genuinely apologetic and sincere, people will forgive him and move on, especially since hes a first time offender, but it has to be authentic and believable. After all, Americans believe in second chances and redemption. And, its not the first celebrity case of adultery or of recovery from a similar situation. >> Nancy Farris Dagher, Wind and Water Consultants, President, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Association of Collier County Ms. Dagher recommends a threepronged plan of action for the beleaguered Mr. Woods: 1. Focus on the children: Tiger must always be there for his own children no matter how his personal life evolves. In addition, he needs to connect with and publicize the fact that the Tiger Woods Foundation has had a positive impact on more than 10 million young lives. 2. Focus on the game of golf: Tiger must continue to play golf to achieve his dream to be the Worlds Best Golfer. 3. Focus on the Future: Tiger needs to come out in public and say, It stops now I made mistakes I am sorry I am getting help Lets focus on the future. >> Phyllis Ershowsky, principal of PKE Marketing & PR Solutions Inc.: Dear Tiger: If your situation were presented as a public relations case study, one would think it was too far-fetched to be true. But since it is, you must face the fact that this is a crisis, and your PR people should have implemented a crisis communication plan from the very first text message. Here are six recommendations consistent with crisis management guidelines: Manage your existing relationships Posting missives on your Web site is not enough to stem the surging tide. You need to develop a statement addressing your sponsors, fellow golfers and your fan base. These are the people who have supported you and will be the first to help you in your rebuilding phase. And you know those voicemails from your celebrity friends? Call them back. Consider the media-as-ally Technically your personal life is not anyone elses business. But as a public figure and a brand, the story is out and theres no stopping it. The more resistance you have toward the media, the more scrutiny you will invite. Youve had good media relationships in the past connect with just a few. Your reputation is top priority Hire a PR counselor to start rebuilding your reputation and your brand. In the big picture, there has never been anyone like you in the world of golf. You brought the sport to life with your youthful energy, amazing talent and outstanding work ethic. Remind the world why they love you. Develop a quick response Youve already ignored this one, but respond anyway. While it makes sense to back off from golf and focus on your family, indefinite is not an acceptable timeframe give an outside return date included in your brief live statement. A public apology to your family and supporters would help too. Full disclosure, please Sorry, you need to let the world know how many women you estimate there are otherwise you will get right back in the news cycle each time a new one speaks up. Just say it and get it over with. Speak in one voice That voice should be yours. With a clear, concise, honest message. >> Mary Briggs, principal of Fort Myers-based Briggs & Rogers: Tiger Woods blew the first rule of apology PR when he didnt get ahead of the story. When you are caught messing up, you need to fess up and you need to do it quick. Tigers stonewalling escalated the story; he left too many questions unanswered. If he had been fully forthcoming about what really happened the night of his accident he may have been able to nip the story in the bud. Its always better to get bad news out in one fell swoop and on your own terms. The long-term picture for Tiger is not a bleak one. Granted, hes let a lot of people down and lost trust with his core constituency, but all is not lost. He needs to work toward rebuilding his relationship with his fans. A little time away from the game, a sincere community relations project, the obligatory tear fest on the Oprah show, and hell be primed for a return. It will help if Tiger can reconcile with his wife; if he cant, he needs to be attentive to how the divorce is handled because that will set off another avalanche of media coverage. Americans love a good redemption story. We like to give people a second chance, especially our sports heroes. If youre honest and youre sincere, people forgive you. Most importantly, hes got to be genuine. We can spot a fake a mile away. >> Susan Bennett, principal of Susan Bennett Marketing & Media LC: Can Tiger recover from the damage to his image caused by his sexual infidelity? Absolutely. The bigger question is whether he can put his personal house in order to allow him to focus on golf. The initial apology posted on his Web site is a good start, asking for private time away from the spotlight to heal. During his hiatus from golf, he should develop a strategy for recovering both his personal and professional images. I recommend a five-point plan: Evaluate his trust bank and ask those who have benefitted from his generosity, friendship, and professional advice to step forward publicly and remind the public of his good work. The PGA already has publicly announced its support. Other supporters need to do the same. Call his sponsors and apologize, offering to suspend all agreements until he proves himself to be worthy of their endorsements. Step up his charitable giving. The Tiger Woods Foundation has distributed more than $30 million in grants and scholarships in its 10-year history. A steady series of announcements about Tigers charitable work will help win back fans. Go public with an interview very soon maybe even consider an appearance on Oprah to win back female fans. Separate his professional life from his personal life. After a few weeks of privacy, Tiger needs to resume playing golf and reinforce his reputation as the Athlete of the Decade. When Tiger is back playing golf and winning his sponsors and fans will rally around him once again. TIGERFrom page 1


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But, to get perspective on the size of Dubais borrowings of $80 billion to $100 billion, consider the fact that the estimated GDP for 2009 is expected to be $80 billion. (For comparison, the U.S. government debt is estimated to be $12 trillion versus GDP which is estimated to be $14.5 trillion.) Up from $37 billion in 2005, Dubais GDP grew fast mostly on the back of real estate. The bad news of this story is that the real estate crisis is unfolding EVEN in OPEC territory. The good news (as of Dec. 14) is that the wealthy sister state, Abu Dhabi, is coming to the rescue and providing some $10 billion interim help. While some of the billions are to hold creditors at bay through April, much of the billions are to pay for Dubais domestic creditors and contractors (i.e., a large chunk of money is to stay within the UAE). The bad news is that Dubai expects the creditors to agree to this standstill and to work out new terms by April. The good news the bad news. so on and so forth. What does it all mean to the l owly U.S. investor? Watch out for the sovereign debt funds because there are a whole slew of countries which are considered likely to default on their government debt. Second, it is worthwhile to ponder whether the wealthiest sovereign fund in the world (at some $850 billion) will pony-up any more cash to salvage the Dubai debacle or the European banks will take it on the chin. (There is a lot of speculation that the European banks have not done proper house cleaning/ accounting for bad loans to date and now this new mess.) Maybe there are more long tail liabilities associated with the story. Maybe there will be weakness in oil pricing as OPEC recoils from losses in Dubai or sells more oil to fund losses. (Wouldnt that be nice for the U.S. consumer? Oops, green projects back on the back burner!) Hopefully, the concept will remain intact that losses are first to the equity investor and then to the lender, but it is the first time around the block for a debt moratorium by a meaningful OPEC state at least to this columnists knowledge. The issue of sovereign debt defaults and currency weakness are often intertwined and oft mentioned in regard to the U.S. Not that the U.S. is coming out smelling like a rose not at all. But, even with ALL of our problems, the U.S. has not announced a moratorium on its debt. Maybe the dollar continues a recent rally or maybe gold will seem to be the best haven in lieu of any currency. Again, there is nothing to be clearly forecasted and it is somewhat akin to reading tealeaves. Best to talk to your investment advisers and counselors and review your portfolio. You might choose to keep some sovereign debt risks but you should attempt to ascertain the degree of your risk exposure. 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Members, $30; Guests, $40. RSVP www. The next Gulf Coast Venture Forum meeting takes place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Tiburon Golf Course Members Club, 2610 Tiburon Drive. Meeting sponsor is TIB Bank. For more information, call Tim Cartwright at 262-6300. Business Network International holds its weekly meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. For more information and to make a reservation, call 354-3224. Network International, the DownTown Networkers chapter, meets weekly at 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples. Guests are welcome. Cost is $10. Call Jamie Bergen at 572-3720. WNOCC Womens Networking of Collier County meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Collier Athletic Club. For more information, call Nancy Dalaskey at 280-3803. 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PAGE 28 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB8 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Greater Naples Chamber of CommerceHoliday Business After 5 at the Hilton NaplesNETWORKING Frank Zhou, Blais Ciabaton and Brian Psota Rick Braddock and Dimitra Arneson Barbara Collins and Angelica Torres David Garza, Kristen Niebel, Doris and Michael Sinclair Kena Yoke and Dave Arter Tracy Coghill, Brenda OConnor and Amy Atherholt Sue Huff and Vicki Hall Dr. Robert Caco, Mary Znamecz, Roxane Stagg and Frank FontanaWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ CHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY


REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY B9$5 million in improvements considered a sound investment at Kensington Golf & Country ClubSome renovations are intended to add square footage to a home or business. Others are meant as an update, a way to give a fresh face to an old space. A recent remodel of the clubhouse at Kensington Golf & Country Club did all that and more. It banished the box. When the clubhouse was constructed in 1994, it was built with few design flourishes. Staff and members concede that it also failed functionally, as the layout of important facilities, such as the kitchen, proved insufficient. By investing $5 million in its clubhouse, the Kensington community has revitalized the obsolete structure and created a showplace that satisfies an array of club needs. The positive buzz in the community is just tremendous, and it has really brought our members together, says Chet Evans, president of the clubs board of directors.An investment in the futureCliff Thompson, the board treasurer, describes the remodel project as an investment in the communitys tomorrow. All of the things weve done are about the future and lifestyle, he says. Kensingtons golf course might be one of the most acclaimed in Southwest Florida, but Mr. Thompson recognizes its the clubhouse that makes the first impression with visitors and potential homebuyers and members. With that as a guiding principal, Kensington members opted to move forward with the renovation. We talked about putting it off because of the economic crisis, Mr. Thompson says. But we also know the economic crisis isnt going to last forever. Ultimately, the struggling economy proved beneficial, as Kensington was able to secure favorable prices for the materials and services required for the project. Also, thanks to Kensingtons capital reserve plan, members were spared a hefty special assessment for the cost of the renovation. Mr. Thompson believes that the remodel has helped prepare Kensington to be more appealing to a variety of country club consumers, today and in the longterm. We are now prepared to compete with anybody, he says. Kensington entrusted Naples firm McWard Architects to redesign the clubhouse, a process that Janice Ward, the project architect, likens to going through the building with a magic wand. We basically went in and refurbished the entire clubhouse, she says. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Incentive package at Lely Resort ends Dec. 31Cordoba Development has unveiled a sales incentive package for the Cordoba neighborhood at Lely Resort. Through Thursday, Dec. 31, Cordoba is offering homebuyers a $15,000 discount off standing inventory homes, including the two furnished models, both of which offer leaseback options. The Cordoba neighborhoods 50 custom singlefamily homes offer a maintenance-free lifestyle surrounded by a golf course, nature preserves and lakes. In the heart of Lely Resort, Cordoba is within walking distance of two golf clubhouses, three championship golf courses and the Players Club & Spa. Two floor plans in six variations are available. The three-bedroom, 2-bath San Sebastian is a great-room style home with 1,544 square feet under air and 2,105 square feet of total living area. The two-story Barcelona model offers 2,219 square feet of living area under air with two master suites and 3 baths and a total of 2,780 square feet. Homes at Cordoba are priced from $400,000. Owners have full access to the award-winning Players Club & Spa and a separate non-golf clubhouse with a casual, tropical atmosphere. Lelys three championship golf courses are designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Lee Trevino and Gary Player. 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PAGE 30 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB10 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 KENSINGTONFrom page B9More than skin deepDavid Portman has lived in Kensington for nine years and chaired the renovation committee. Hes been conducting tours of the new clubhouse since it reopened in November and so far has led 150 members through the redesigned building. Theres a waiting list for future tours, he says. As part of the clubhouse tour, he points out repairs and alterations that are obvious, as well as some that are not. For example, hidden from view is an estimated $150,000 of fire safety improvements. Overhead is a new roof installed by D. Garrett Construction and foam insulation that is expected to save $10,000 annually on energy costs. There is also a new speaker system, security cameras and wi-fi capability. Another easily overlooked but certainly vital renovation area was the Kensington kitchen, where staff had struggled for years with inefficient space. In addition to an improved layout, the kitchen staff received new equipment, including a walk-in cooler and pantry and dishwashing area. To compliment the kitchens new capabilities, the clubhouse menu has also been redesigned. Downstairs, the locker rooms were renovated and other areas remodeled to update or repurpose them. Kensington staff was also treated to new administrative offices, and Kensington community artists gained a gallery where they can exhibit their works. Since the renovation was completed on time and under budget, tour guide Mr. Portman adds he has heard several comments about the result. Some members praised the timeless elegance of the dcor. Others who were initially skeptical about the remodel have confessed themselves converted. Mr. Portman has a favorite comment, though: One resident remarked that before, they had a box, but now they have a clubhouse. People are just so excited that it turned out so well, and that they can come and use it and bring friends, he says. Kensington Golf & County Club is at 2700 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. For more information, call Lindsey LaCroix, marketing director, at 213-1983 or visit PHOTOSTop: the Chelsea Lounge, home of the new wine room that holds 1,000plus bottles. Left: A curved terrace is accessible from the lounge as well as from the Kensington Room and the Mayfair Grill. Annual/Seasonal RentalsNaples Furnished Naples Unfurnished Naples Retail e Strand/Mango Cay 3bd/2.5ba $2400/$4000 mo. Mediterra/Calabria 3bd+den/3ba $2400 mo.www.truesw orida.com239-210-1521 Olympia ParkVanderbilt Beach/Airport Road5,100 sf. 26,100 sf. Short/Long Term Lease


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PAGE 32 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Refresh your homes dcor with tips from the professional interior design team at Robb & Stucky Interiors. The companys designers host complimentary seminars covering design techniques, trends and guidelines for home accessorizing. Heres whats coming up in the showroom at 2777 Tamiami Trail N. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Call 261-3969, ext. 7000. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7: Lely model home tours Robb & Stucky and Stock Development invite you on a tour of two models at Lely Resort. Interior designers Molly Grup and Joanne Wilseck will lead tours and explain the design process involved in outfitting these sophisticated yet casual models. This event is offsite. Call early to reserve your space and no cameras, please. 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14: Trunk show and visit from artist/desigenr Larry Laslo (trunk show will be in place through Sunday, Jan. 17) Mr. Laslo creates contemporary art inspired by the world around him for Rosenbaum Fine Art. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Whats New, Whats Next in Home Furnishings? Join Kris Kolar, Robb & Stucky vice president of interior design, and design consultant Harriet Mitchell to discover whats new in home furnishings and accents for this season. 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22: Wall Art: An Essential Piece trunk show and seminar with photographer Jennifer Deane (trunk show will be in place through Sunday, Jan. 24) Join Jennifer Deane and design consultant Bruni Darwin as they explain why art is so vital in our homes. Stay and enjoy a tour of Ms. Deanes exhibit showcasing her latest travels, a glimpse of Europe as it has never been seen before. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28: Mercato model homes tour Designers Molly Grup and Janice Maskell have created three classic contemporary models inspired by harmony, clean lines and chic uptown living at Mercato. Call early to reserve your space and no cameras, please.In Bonita SpringsThe following seminars are held at Robb & Stucky Interiors at 3181 North Bay Village Court in Bonita Springs (unless otherwise noted). Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Call 949-3001, ext. 8000. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9: Designonomics: Make Every Design Dollar Count Discover which designRobb & Stucky Interiors offers complimentary seminars Patrick Dearborn, LLCRealtor/John R. Wood RealtorsMulti Million Dollar Producer -239-877-4340 mobile www.iLoveNaplesFLA.comWishing all of Naples a safe and Happy Holiday! Now is the time to buy or sell call now for the newest, hottest listings in Naples!Best Wishes for 2010! CONTINUED ON B13


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009WEEK at-a-glance Eye candy and actionFilm critic Dan Hudak says despite its cheesy script, Avatar is a groundbreaking cinematic event. C11 More than a tasteNeapolitan Nora Butler fills a new gallery with her whimsical art. C20 Part 2: Fiddling aroundA weekly glimpse behind the scenes as The Naples Players spring musical takes shape. C4 P t 2 F i d d l i d Music to their ears?Arts writer Nancy Stetson finds out what holiday tunes others in the arts like and dont like to hear. C8 a guide with style ...A YEAR01.01.10PPYNEWITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: WHERE WE TAKE STOCK of the old year and vow to make the new one better. Its also a time to drink, party, celebrate, revel, feast, toast, sing and dance. If youre looking for a place to do all of that, weve done most of the work for you. Florida Weeklys New Years Eve party guide lists your favorite restaurants and night spots and tells you what theyre doing to celebrate 2010. So eat, drink and be merry, because there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Lets hope its not an oncoming train. Cheers.>>THE HOW & WHERE TO BRING IN 2010>> SOUTHWEST FLORIDAS STAGES ARE SET FOR AN ARTFUL NEW YEARS EVE HCelebrate NYE guide Cuisine>>C14: When you have to work >>C15: All the best parties in SW Florida >>C13: Low-stress entertaining People seem to fall into one of two categories on New Years Eve: homebodies and those who go out on the town. If youre among the latter but you dont want to spend the evening in a bar or restaurant, Southwest Florida offers a myriad of arts-related events where you can ring in 2010. Black-tie or casual, theres something for everyone. Some events run right through midnight, so you can celebrate the New Year with a crowd; other performances end early, so you can attend another event or be home in time to watch the ball drop on TV (if youre still awake). Plays, musicals, concerts: Take your pick.Celebrate with the symphonyThe Gulf Coast Symphony presents Broadway Goes Hollywood at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. The program features popular Broadway songs that also appearedparty ArtsyBY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ SEE ARTSY, C12

PAGE 38 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Joseph Mc GurlTHe Gulf Coast 24 x 30 Oil on board 19th, 20th & 21st Century Art for the Discriminating Collector, Both Beginning and Experienced275 Broad Avenue So. Naples, FL 34102 (239)262-4551 www.debruyne neart.comMonday thru Saturday 10 to 5 P.M. Sunday 12 to 5 P.M. Contact Artis >>Send your dating tips, questions, and disasters to: lines. And when it came time for me to return to the States, I experienced my own version of withdraw. Recently, I visited France again, the first time since that year in Paris. At dinner, the gentlemen next to me poured wine as he slipped a note into my hand. You have the head of an empress, it read. And beautiful eyes. It was headily familiar and intoxicating. I smiled and raised my glass to him. Vous tes charmant. Growing up, I accumulated pick-up lines like most people collect fine wines. I gleaned them from R-rated movies and Stephen King novels, treasures filed away in my pubescent mind. I was thrilled when I finally came of an age to actually use these gems of sexual wisdom, pulling them from the cellars of my brain. Several months shy of my 18th birthday, at a youth in government convention in Tallahassee, I found myself flirting with another member of the high-school aged court. We thrust and parried, trading innuendoed witticisms until he threw down a line that caused me to stumble. Your clothes would look great in a crumpled heap on my bedroom floor tomorrow morning. He raised his eyebrows and turned up the corners of his lips in a wet grin. For a brief, inexplicable moment, I was thrilled. Here, finally, was one of the lines Id been storing away. He had descended into the wine cellar of my heart and returned with a dusty Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Unfortunately, though, the vintage had long since soured. Rather than sounding suave, like I had always imagined, the line was awkward and tawdry, too much ArtisHENDERSON Your clothes would look great in a crumpled heap on my bedroom floor tomorrow morning...verve and not enough class. I rolled my eyes and stepped away. He suddenly seemed unsophisticated, standing there with the last syllables of the lame line dying on his tongue, and I felt my attraction for sleazy lines waver and slip away. It would be almost five years before I returned to my fascination with great come-ons, this time an ocean and a continent away. Whereas I had been working on my repertoire for two decades, France the country that brought us the mnage--trois and pioneered the French kiss had practically invented the pick-up line. Less than a year out of college, optimistic and guileless in the way only young Americans can be, I moved to Paris with a suitcase full of Levis and a mind fueled by romanticism. Within two months, Id traded my denim for knee-high leather boots and heard every line in the French book. Quels beaux yeux (What beautiful eyes) they said on the subway, hotblooded Frenchmen clasping my hands in their own. Vous tes charmante (You are charming) on sidewalks as they matched their strides to mine. Je te paie boire? (Can I buy you a drink?). Being a line connoisseur for years, I knew exactly what those French men were up to. But, the words had a class to them, an oldworld charm that all of my collected English versions lacked. It was as though I had been drinking Napa Valley reds for years, content in my limited range, but now I had tasted a vintage Bordeaux. Ill admit, I became something of a wino on those heavy, sultry French > di d d d di d i i i d d i i i d i di i i di d d i i i i i i i i i i i d d d sa s s s s s s s s s s s lines. retur n o wn v R ec first t i ner, t h wine a Yo read. It w i n g I Vo It w ould be almost fi v e y ears b efore I returned to m y fascin at ion with great come-ons, th is t im e an oce an and a co ntin e nt a way. Whereas I had been w or k in g on my repertoire f or two decades France t he country that broug ht t t t t t u s the mnage--trois and p ioneere d t h e Frenc h k is s h a d practica lly invente d t he p ick-u p line Less than a year out o f coll ege, optimistic and guileless i n t h e way on l y youn g Americ ans can b e I move d to Paris w ith a s uit c a se f ull of L e vi s and a m ind fueled by romanticism. With i n two mont h s, I d tra d e d m y d enim for knee-hi g h le at he r bo o t s were up t o. B u t th e wor d s h a d a c l ass to t h em, an o ld w o r ld ch arm t h at a ll of my collected English versions lacked. It was as t h ou gh I h a d b een d rin k ing Napa Valley reds f or years, content in my l imite d ran g e, b ut n o w I h a d t asted a vintage B ordeaux. I ll a d mit I b ecame somet hing o f a wino o n those heavy, su l try Frenc h Line spectator SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS


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PAGE 40 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Asian Pok Market239.-593-.88222095 Pine Ridge Rd Naples Sunday thru Saturday 9AM to 8PMwww.naplesasianmarket.comThe Finest Naples Florida Asian Market Special teas Asian ingredients Fresh fruits Vegetables Sushi And everything in between. We carry the widest selection of Asian grocery items from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam EveryNeighborhood Needs a Bakery Holidays, Catering Special Orders and Special Events Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-3 Sun 8-1 (239) 732-7774 Naples St. Andrews Square 8793 Tamiami Trail E, #105-1 (239) 454-9100 Fort Myers Reflection Lakes 13550 Reflections Pkwy. #4-401 All Natural Artisan Bakery Handcrafted Breads & Pastries Baked from Scratch Daily Bakery Cafe Breakfast Lunch Wine Open Christmas Eve Till 5pm Florida Weekly is keeping track behind the scenes as The Naples Players spring production of Fiddler on the Roof takes shape. With its memorable score and universal theme of tradition, Fiddler has touched audiences around the world with humor, warmth and honesty. The full-scale musical opens Wednesday, March 3, and runs through Saturday, April 3, at Sugden Community Theatre. Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is the director/choreographer; Charles Fornara is the musical director. Callbacks, shown here, took place the week after auditions in early December. Next week: Getting ready to begin rehearsals. Part 2: Tuning up for FiddlerTop left: Director-choreographer Dawn Lebrecht Fornara works with potential Fiddler on the Roof Eric Sengson. Top right: Musical Director Charles Fornara listens to Ellen Cooper during Fiddler callbacks. Right: As Carol Fox waits her turn, Laura Needle sings her bit. You dont have to wait until Fiddler to be entertained at the Sugden Community Theatre. Heres whats ahead for The Naples Players in the coming weeks: Jan. 13-Feb. 6: Almost, Maine, an enchanting comedy by John Cariani set in the far, far north. On the main stage with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday, Jan. 17: Films on Fifth, The Naples Players series of foreign and independent movies, presents the Israeli lm Waltz with Bashir, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee (English subtitles). Show time is 7 p.m. in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24: Auditions for the Tobye Studio production of A.R. Gurneys Crazy Mary. The show will be staged March 24-April 17 in the Tobye Studio at the Sugden. Audition appointments not necessary. For more information, call 434-7340, ext. 10. Also at the Sugden Home of www.naplesclubsushi.comRecipient of the highest rating of culinary excellence. Japanese master chefs prepare and serve succulent dinners with individual air at your Hibachi Table and the Sushi Bar. Open 5:30 till 10:00 P.M. Weekdays 5:30 till 11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday. Reservations Recommended 239-261-4332 We Would Like To Wish You All A Healthy Happy Holiday Season And Give A Big anks To All e Neapolitans For eir Loyal Support Over e Last 29 Years Harolds Place is an outside Chickee Bar in a lush tropical setting among the palms overlooking a beautiful pool, serving the award winning BEST Burger in southwest Florida with REAL Grouper and full bar. Happy Hour 11:30 A.M. till 7 P.M. Open 11:30 A.M. Till Midnight daily Karaoke Sundays 4 P.M. Till 7 P.M. 2555 N. Tamiami Trail, Naples (at the Gulfcoast Inn) 239-263-7254 COURTESY PHOTO


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Live bands The Bay House 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday: Jazz with Stu Shelton and Patricia Dean. 799 Walkerbilt Road. 591-3837. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday: Lynn Carol on the piano and vocals. In the Venetian Village, 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 649-5552. Bice Live entertainment from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 300 Fifth Avenue South. 262-4044. Brio Tuscan Grille 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday: Nevada Wilkens Trio with jazz, Motown and s and s tunes. In Waterside Shops. 593-5319. Capri, A Taste of Italy Thursday: Jebrys Jazz Jam; Friday: Manhattan Connection; Saturday: Bill Jollie; Monday: Bob Zottola and The Expandable Jazz Band; Tuesday: Karaoke with Steve Roberts; Wednesday: Cahlua & Cream. In Riverchase Plaza, 11140 Tamiami Trail. 594-3500. Fitzgeralds Famous Pub Country and bluegrass every Saturday night. 9070 Bonita Beach Road. 949-2111 Freds Diner Tim McGeary hosts singer/songwriter night at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. Jacks Bait Shack Thursday: Soapy Tuna; Friday and Saturday: Ocean Roads; Monday: Overthrowing Amy; Tuesday: Geek Skwad; Wednesday: Love Funnel. 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd. 594-3460. The Jolly Cricket Every Saturday starting at 10 p.m.: The soulful sounds of Kim Page. 720 Fifth Ave. S. 304-9460 or Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Thursday and Monday: Guitarist Kevin Ribbel; Friday and Tuesday: Guitarist JoRey Ortiz. Saturday and Wednesday: Guitarist Barefoot Gino. All from 6-9 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Bar. Sunday: Mixed Nuts poolside from 6-9 p.m. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 659-4309. Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday: Blues and jazz with Rick Howard, Dave Tregether, John Lamb and Bob Zottola; 8-11 p.m. Saturday: Acousticlectic Music for the Easily Amused featuring Beck; 6:309 p.m. Sunday: Bob Zottola and The Expandable Jazz Band. 6436 Naples Blvd. 598-9463. Paddy Murphys Thursday: Justin; Friday: Barefoot Geno; Saturday and Tuesday: Maxi Courtney; Monday: Patrick. 10 p.m. to closing. 457 Fifth Ave. S. 649-5140. The Pickled Parrot 5-9 p.m. Thursday: Nevada Smith; 5-10 p.m. Friday: Steve Hill; 5-9 p.m. Saturday: Maxi Courtney. On the boardwalk at 1100 Sixth Ave. S. 435-7900. Riverwalk at Tin City Thursday: John Lowbridge; Friday: Merril; Saturday: Sal DeSatis; p.m. Sunday: Sal DeSatis. 1200 Fifth Ave. South. 263-2734. South Street City Oven and Grill Thursday: Open mic night; Friday: Maxi Courtney at 5:30 p.m. and X-Mas Bash at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: Ocean Roads; Sunday: Reggae with Chaefin; Monday: Meagan Rose; Tuesday: Karaoke. 1410 Pine Ridge Road. 435-9333. Theater Chicago The musical Chicago plays at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples Dec. 26-28. 5971900. Nutcracker Moscow Ballets The Nutcracker is performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. 481-4849. George M! Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers presents George M! Dec. 31-Feb. 14. www. or 278-4422. Santaland Diaries Florida Repertory Theatre presents the thorny comedy, The Santaland Diaries through Dec. 31 in the new Studio Theatre next to the main stage in downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488 or Every Christmas Story Sanibels Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) through Dec. 31. 472-6862. A Christmas Carol Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents A Christmas Carol through Dec. 26. 2784422 or Winter Wonderettes The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents the musical comedy Winter Wonderettes through Dec. 26. 278-4422 or Thursday, Dec. 24 Let It Snow! Perhaps to pave the way for Santa, snow will fall on Third Street South beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25 Merry Christmas! Saturday, Dec. 26 New Years Art Festival Start the New Year a bit early at the Naples New Year Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday along Fifth Avenue South. Miccosukee Festival The NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Invite Us To Your Next Event & Well Do ALL The Cooking!In Lee & Collier Counties Call our Catering Manager at (239) 209-0940 Catering Services from 25 5,000 C Ca Ca Our Award Winning Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Pork and Beef accompanied by our homemade Cole Slaw and Baked Beans can be brought to your event by our mobile char-grill. COURTESY PHOTOCreighton-Davis Gallery presents Valerie Whitaker Nudes, a collection of 12 different photographers images of the glamour and art model, through December. Also on exhibit at the gallery in The Village on Venetian Bay are nudes by Picasso, Matisse, Zorn, Renoir and others. Call 304-3000.COURTESY PHOTOPhotographs by Brynn Bruijn make up Images of Hope, Immokalee: Looking Forward, Looking Back on exhibit in the Drackett and Kohan galleries at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts through Feb. 7. A book of Ms. Bruijns Immokalee photographs is on sale to benefit the Immokalee Initiative of the Community Foundation of Collier County. For more information, call 597-1900. At right is Maryjean by Brynn Bruijn.


WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GODECEMBER 24-30, 2009 A&E C7 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY No sharing, no substitutions Not valid with any other offers or coupons Interactive Friendly Pirate Fun for the Whole Family Set sail on a 90 minute swashbuckling show! 239-765-7272 2500 Main Street Ft Myers Beach Located at Salty Sams Waterfront Adventures Arrive 30-40 minutes prior to departure. Call For Times and Reservations 239-765-7272 35th annual Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival takes place today through Jan. 3 at the Miccosukee Indian Village on U.S. 41 at mile marker 70. Events include live alligator wrestling, Native American foods, arts and crafts exhibits and air boat rides. (954) 370-3900. Laugh Out Loud Dezys Laugh Out Loud Music Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Europia Bistro in Pebblebrooke Plaza at Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard. Cost: voluntary contribution; 398-3024 or Free Music Gulf Coast Town Center presents Wildfire with classic rock under the stars in Market Plaza beginning at 8 p.m. 267-0783 or Sunday, Dec. 27 Makin Music The Music Makers Show Band presents a concert at 2 p.m. in Cambier Park. Bring blankets or beach chairs for seating. Free, but donations welcome. 348-3675. Monday, Dec. 28 Sweat the Small Stuff The friendly competition for Trivia Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Pub at Mercato. 594-9400. Tuesday, Dec. 29 Marco Arts The 12th annual YMCA Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday at the YMCA on Marco Island. All That Jazz Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band perform at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900. More Trivia Bring your smartest friends for Team Trivia beginning at 9 p.m. at Boston Beer Garden, 2396 Immokalee Road. 596-2337. Wednesday, Dec. 30 Local History The Naples Historical Society offers guided tours of historic Palm Cottage in its holiday finery from 1-4 p.m. today through Friday, Dec. 31. Guided tours of The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage are at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. Walking tours of the citys Historic District step out at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 261-8104. Stand-Up Comedy Pauly Shore performs tonight through Jan. 1 at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island. 389-6900. Upcoming events First Friday Mercato hosts its concert series from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, with raffles, entertainment and food. 403-2204. Acoustic Music The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida and Miromar Outlets present The Laws and Brent Moyer in the second concert in The Heritage Music Series from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Miromar Outlets. 390-5100 or 287-2035. Art In The Park The von Liebig Art Center and the Naples Art Association present the monthly Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, on Park Street alongside The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517. Violinist Israeli violinist Sania Whitaker performs in the Toni Stabile Building at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. American Voices Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney sing at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5971900. Songbird Bernadette Peters performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900. Author Speaks A reading/ signing for Stephen Valentines Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Barnes & Noble in Waterside Shops. 598-5200. Ghostly Theater TheatreZone presents High Spirits, starring Georgia Engel, at 8 p.m. on select dates Jan. 7-17 in the G&L Theatre at Community School of Naples. (888) 9663352. Art Event The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University and Romero Britto Studios present an evening of art, gourmet food and fine wine to benefit FGCUs Art Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. An Evening with Britto takes place at the FGCU Arts Complex gallery. 590-7199.


C8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 1550 AIRPORT-PULLING ROAD N., NAPLES (239) 643-1559 Open 6 days a week Lunch 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Dinner 4 p.m. 10 p.m.Free Wi-Fi for our Patrons MONDAY RIBS THURSDAY PRIME RIB EARLY BIRD SPECIALS Monday-Thursday (4-6) Daily Lunch Specials Celebrating 25 Years in Business Dine in Naples most unique atmosphere, Nostalgia reigns Supreme in this Delightful Eatery. Seafood, Steaks, Prime Rib, Soup & Salad bar, BBQ, Pasta Dishes, FULL LIQUOR BAR. Monday Night Football with Wanda 9pm-12am free homemade Chips & SalsaHappy Hour prices ing. But that one I enjoy. Its a good tune. My least favorite: none I can think of. For the most part, (Christmas songs) are just annoying. As soon as Halloweens over, they start playing Christmas music. (Play it) Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Thats enough. Susan Johnson General manager The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Probably my favorite is Angels We Have Heard On High. This will sound so corny, but I was in chorus for most of school. Audiences loved it. I get choked up every time. I think its beautiful. I love singing it. I love hearing it, especially if a group is singing it. Its beautiful. My least favorite: Santa Baby. Any version with anyone singing it, Eartha Kitt or Madonna. Ive heard it so much and Ive seen it so many times here (at the theater.) I just hope I dont have to hear it again. Dallas Dunnagan Artistic director The Naples Players The one song I love, and everybody loves, is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Its warm and endearing. I dislike Paul McCartneys Wonderful Christmastime. Its inane and repetitive. He sings simply having a wonderful Christmastime about 12 million times. The rhythm is inane. Its ridiculous. Julia Guzman Public relations manager Asolo Repertory Theatre My favorite Christmas song is John Lennons version of Happy Christmas (War is Over) with Yoko Ono. Ive always loved John Lennon and his music all my life. My son, when he was little, was obsessed with John Lennon. He loved all his music. John Lennon was killed the day before my sons 4th birthday. We waited until after his birthday to tell him. He cried and sobbed. He always wanted to hear that song. Every year, I call him on his birthday, and hell say, God bless John Lennon. We listen to that song when we celebrate his birthday. Its a really positive song. My least favorite: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. I hate that song. Well, I dont hate it, its just really annoying to me. Written by Irving Berlin, it was once performed on the Phil stage by Mandy Patinkin, who announced he was going to sing the song in Mr. Berlins native tongue. He then sang the entire song in Yiddish. Susan Johnson, general manager of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, confessed to disliking Santa Baby, even if its performed on her own stage. Shes just overdosed on the song. I learned that one persons favorite might compel another to shut off the radio, and that sometimes we have reasons for what we like or dislike and sometimes we dont. And, like the music seller at Barnes & Noble, sometimes our favorite Christmas songs are tied up with our childhood memories. Heres what they had to say. Myra Daniels CEO/founder Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts White Christmas is my favorite. Thats the one thing I miss here. I miss that one day you look out the window and see all that snow. I ARTS COMMENTARY I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping when I started talking to the clerk working in the music department of Barnes & Noble. I was here last night, I told him as he rang up my selection. You were playing some pretty horrendous Christmas music then. Yeah, it can be pretty bad, he cheerfully agreed. (It had been male vocal histrionics set to overly-produced operatic music. No names. In a burst of holiday goodwill, Im protecting the guilty here.) Well, not all of its bad, I told him, clarifying. Just the stuff that was playing last night. I dont hate Christmas music. I just hate the bad stuff. But hed been subjected to a steady diet of Christmas music since before Thanksgiving, and wasnt feeling as friendly about it, especially about the stuff hes been forced to listen to over and over and over again. A steady diet of anything would get pretty tiring. He didnt seem that enthused about Christmas music, but then mentioned Vince Guaraldis CD of music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. That I love! he said. I really like that music. I could listen to that over and over again. Not only does he like the style of music, but it reminds him of growing up and watching the shows each year. And that started me thinking about favorite (and least favorite) Christmas songs. Im still trying to figure out what mine might be, but I called some local people in the arts to see what theirs are. Surprisingly, no one mentioned Nat King Cole or Johnny Mathis, whove both recorded what we now consider Christmas classics. No one mentioned Bob Dylans recent Christmas offering. Some named songs that have been performed in their own venues. Myra Daniels, CEO and founder of The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, mentioned White Christmas as being her favorite Christmas song. W pe Pa t o t o Y NancySTETSON Love it/hate it: Do you hear what I hear? bought a little etching of a snow scene to hang up (to remind me,) because thats what Christmas to me looked like. I dont have a least favorite. Scott Saxon General manager The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall My favorite Christmas song is really two songs: The Heat Miser Song and The Snow Miser Song. Theyre not specifically Christmas songs. Theyre from an old (stop-motion) animated special, The Year Without a Santa Claus, from the mid-70s. Santa gets sick. The mayor of South Town tells one of the elves theyll let Santa take the day off if they could make it snow. Basically, it snows and he gets the day off, but then Santa winds up delivering the toys anyway. Its from when I was a kid. Its about the memories. The song I like the least is Jingle Bell Rock. No particular reason, other than its replayed so much, and not to my taste. Bill Taylor Producing artistic directorTheatre ConspiracyOff the top of my head, Id say that my favorite song is Jingle Bell Rock. Nothing special attached to it. Most Christmas songs are annoy-


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 A&E C9 Award Winning Food Give the Gift of Big Als and receive 20% more! Spend $50 and receive a $60 gift card. Spend $25 and get a $30 gift card. Spend $100 and receive a $120 gift card. PUZZLE ANSWERS With The Hunted, Sarasota resident Wayne Barcomb offers a sizzler of a mystery thriller. Executed with confidence and skill, it has all the ingredients of a bestseller. In homicide detective Frank Russo, Mr. Barcomb has devised an attractive, personable and authentic protagonist with which to launch an effective series. I wanted to portion out my enjoyment of this tightly constructed entertainment, but I found that every time I forced myself to put it down, it jumped right back into my hand. The novel opens with the ugly but gripping scene of a young girl, nicknamed Lucky, cringing in terror as her father murders her mother and threatens the girl as well. Luckys testimony at trial leads to her fathers conviction. Eighteen years later, Paul Gale is released. His violent streak, repressed in prison, is clearly not under control. As he seeks to reunite with his daughter, his feelings oscillate between a lust for revenge and a desire to rebuild the relationship. When he discovers his grown daughter is living in New York, he pursues his dangerous, longdelayed encounter.Detective Russo, rebounding from a shortlived, intense relationship with a glamorous model on the edge of stardom, finds himself and his partner investigating a grotesque murder case that is soon established as one in a chain of murders. A serial killer is murdering men in their apartments, leaving behind signs of uncontrollable rage. The psychological profile of the killer suggests someone who suffered extreme abuse as a child. Although the victims have nothing in common, the evidence suggests that in each case the murderer was invited in. A prostitute perhaps? During this same period, Detective Russo is hesitantly stepping into a romance with Denise, a statuesque young woman whom he encounters at his fitness club. She works for a textbook publisher (a role the author knows firsthand) and, as the detective is the author of professional articles and book chapters on police work, they have some unexplored common ground. Detective Russo and Denise both move cautiously, but before long his commitment to the case interferes with his availability for relationship building, just as it had with the model. Naturally, theres a lot of pressure from the higher-ups to close this high profile case. Mr. Barcomb teases us with alternating points of view. He not only enters the minds of the detective and Mr. Gale, but also of Denise and the murderer (who says her friends call her Lucky), often juxtaposing their actions and thoughts. Early on, evidence suggests that the perpetrator is a tall, attractive, physically fit woman, and the reader (though not Frank Russo) is led to suspect that Denise, whose background is a bit mysterious, might just be... but maybe not. Mr. Barcomb meticulously develops his plot and characters, wringing every ounce of suspense and misdirection out of his material. The conclusion to The Hunted is a stunner. Find out more about Mr. Barcomb and his earlier books at www.waynebarcomb. com. These include two well-received Sam Wallace mysteries set in Sarasota. The Hunted By Wayne Barcomb (Minotaur Books/St. Martins. 309 pages. $24.95)REVIEWED BY PHILIP K. JASON________________________Special to Florida Weekly BOOKS Laurie R. Kings excellent Mary Russell books follow the adventures of an extraordinary crime-solving duo: a feisty, whipsmart feminist of the 1920s and her husband, retired beekeeper (and former world-famous detective) Sherlock Holmes. The Language of Bees, the latest in the series, opens with the couple returning home to Sussex from an extended trip abroad to find an unexpected visitor on their doorstep Detective Holmes son, whom they had thought lost for good to drugs and despair.The relationship between the estranged father and son has been volatile and strained, but Damian Adler is desperate. His wife and young daughter have vanished into the vast, Bohemian underworld of London, and he will do anything to find them. It seems that Mr. Adlers wife was caught up in the religious fervor of the sinister Church of Lights, a society with beliefs both fashionably modern and very, very ancient. As more is revealed about the bizarre and shady doings of the church, the circle of suspects expands to include even Damian himself. As always, Ms. Russell and Detective Holmes are perfectly matched, their mutual intelligence and respect informing their affection for each other in a way that feels real and satisfying. Mr. Adler adds an interesting dynamic to the relationship, bringing in elements of Detective Holmes past that predate Marys presence in his life. With characters and settings this intriguing, Bees is a welcome addition to the mystery shelves. The Language of Bees By Laurie R. King. (Bantam, $25)REVIEWED BY EALISH WADDELL___________________________Special to Florida Weekly

PAGE 46 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 FLORIDA WEEKLY PUZZLES Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.HOROSCOPES COMPLETE THE THOUGHT By Linda ThistleSponsored By: Moderate Challenging Expert SEE ANSWERS, C9 SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. Puzzle Difficulty this week: CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Forming a renewed connection with a former associate is only the first step toward working out your new plans. Be prepared for problems, and deal with them as soon as they arise. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A romantic situation that was going smoothly not too long ago might take a new turn. Be honest about your feelings before you decide whether to follow it or take another path. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The wise Pisces (thats you, of course) will make sure everyone knows you plan to keep your options open and listen to all sides of the situation before making any decisions. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Events could inspire adventurous Lambs looking to make a major career or personal move. But as always, get all the facts before rushing into any sort of deal or commitment. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) What seems to be a great opportunity could cause even usually practical Taureans to ignore their inner caution cues. Best to move carefully to avoid falling into unseen traps. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Need a holiday now that the seasonal festivities are behind you? Good idea. Plan to go to someplace wonderful. Youll return refreshed and more than ready for a new challenge. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Progress continues to be made on that pesky workplace problem. Meanwhile, dont assume a personal situation will work itself out. Best to get more involved earlier than later. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Catnaps are definitely recommended for Leos and Leonas who had been going at a hectic pace over the holidays. Adding relaxation time to your schedule helps restore your overdrawn energy reserves. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Sure, some of the new friends you made over the holidays might move out of your life at some point. But at least one might show significant staying power with some encouragement. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Encourage family members to join you in supporting a relative who could be facing a difficult emotional challenge in the New Year. Showing your love and concern helps keep his or her hopes up. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) While a long-deferred decision suddenly might take on some urgency after news on a related matter, you still need to weigh all factors carefully before deciding one way or the other. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good time to reassess the earlier plan you made for the New Year. Some elements you felt you could depend on to make it work might no longer carry that assurance. BORN THIS WEEK: Your honest approach to life and living is always an inspiration for others fortunate enough to know you.


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 C11 Ordinarily, excess style and little substance would not make a movie a must-see. But Avatar plays with a different set of rules. In his first film since Titanic, writer/director James Cameron has created one of the most ambitious, visually dazzling films ever made. Does that make it a great movie? No. The script is cheesy, and the story is predictable. But that doesnt mean its not a groundbreaking cinematic event, told with imagination and a vitality thats missing from most modern science fiction dramas. The year is 2154, and humans have traveled to a distant moon called Pandora, which is home to the Navi tribe. The Navi have blue skin, are 10 feet tall and have tails. Because the planet is inhospitable to humans, Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) has created the Avatar program, in which humans are linked to a Navi body while their human bodies sleep in coffin-like cells. What this means is that a Marine named Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who is paralyzed from the waist down, is able to be a fully functional Navi on the surface of Pandora. His mission is to extract information about the tribe so Col. Quaritch (Stephen Lang) can exploit their weaknesses and forcefully obtain a precious mineral that sits deep below the surface. After a few rough spots Jake succeeds at infiltrating the tribe, but things become complicated when he falls in love with his Navi teacher, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). If youre lucky enough to live near a theater offering the film in 3-D, be sure to see it in that format. The visual effects are clear and stunningly vivid, so much that you feel like youre flying through the sky with Jake and Neytiri. Whats more, the Navi look like real creatures inhabiting a real place, and theres nothing cartoonish or fake about them. Only time will tell if Avatar will change the way movies are made and seen, but its safe to say at least some aspects of Mr. Camerons creative process will become commonplace. Given that the actors were shot against a green screen (similar to how was created), this marks a notable advancement in visual effects technology. For their part, Mr. Worthington, Ms. Saldana, Ms. Weaver and Mr. Lang breathe as much realistic life into the estimated $400 million production as possible, which is an accomplishment given the sentimental dialogue and lumbering storyline. The likely divide between lovers and detractors of Avatar is simple: Those who value eye candy and action will not mind the 160-minute running time, while those more concerned with plot and narrative will find it tiresome and leave with a headache. You know who you are, so dont say you werent warned. Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at dan@hudakonhollywood. com and read more of his work at www. FILMS AvatarCrazy Heart (Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall) Faded country singer Bad Blake (Bridges) battles alcoholism and dates a young journalist (Gyllenhaal) as he tries to come to terms with his life and career. The story has flaws its nearly impossible to buy the love story but Mr. Bridges gives a performance that will likely earn him an Oscar nomination, and darn if youre not rooting for Bad to pull through in the end. Rated R.Did You Hear About The Morgans? (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott) On a date to celebrate the three-month anniversary of their separation, married New Yorkers Paul (Grant) and Meryl (Parker) witness a murder and are forced to enter the Witness Relocation Program. Theyre then shipped to Wyoming, where their city-slicker ways are frowned upon. Mr. Grant has some funny one-liners, but the rest is bland and boring. Rated PG-13.Everybodys Fine (Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore) A widower (De Niro) visits his grown children (Beckinsale, Barrymore and Sam Rockwell) and learns their lives are not what theyve described. This nice, thoughtful drama from writer/director Kirk Jones features a solid performance from Mr. De Niro and some deft storytelling touches (seeing the children as kids rather than adults, etc.) that make it truthful and heartwarming. Rated PG-13. CAPSULES REVIEWED BY DAN ............Is it worth $10? Yes >>One innovation created for Avatar was the Virtual Camera, which allowed Mr. Cameron to see the Navi during production. For example, although Saldana and Worthington were wearing motioncapture suits, Mr. Cameron was able to see their giant blue avatars on monitors, complete with tails and huge golden eyes. Did you know? danHUDAK www.hudakonhollywood.comCOURTESY PHOTO In Avatar, humans have traveled to a distant moon called Pandora, which is home to the Navi tribe. 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C12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY a guide with style ... New Years Eveon the silver screen in movies such as Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls and Phantom of the Opera. Broadway performer Sal Viviano, whos sung in The Three Musketeers, City of Angels, Falsetto and The Full Monty, is guest vocalist. Hes performed with hundreds of orchestras, says Andrew Kurtz, the Fort Myers-based symphonys music director and conductor. This is his third time with us. The evening will also include Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 19, performed by Toby Blumenthal, former member of the Philadelphia Piano Quartet. A Naples resident, Ms. Blumenthal has performed with prestigious orchestras including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony. Our New Years Eve concert is always very much eclectic, says Maestro Kurtz, noting that the evening also includes Strauss waltzes, polka and march. The 9 p.m. performance is preceded by a 7 p.m. gourmet buffet, with seating available for everyone. At midnight, the audience will usher in the New Year with a champagne toast while the ball drop in New York Citys Times Square is televised. A jazz trio will perform after midnight for those who want to dance. Tickets are $125 per person ($47.50 for concert only and champagne toast). Theres also a package deal that includes two tickets to the gala and an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from the Mann Hall, breakfast on New Years Day, two tickets to the Edison/Ford Estate and round-trip shuttle service from the hotel to the hall, for $349. For tickets to the gala, call 481-4849 or go to Downtown doingsThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers is having a Slave to Vaniety VIP New Years Eve celebration. The evening includes a preview of an art installation, food to nosh on, an open bar, music and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $79 per person. Call 333-1933 for tickets or more information. In conjunction with the event, Hotel Indigo has a Slave to Vanity package that takes you right into the New Year and the first Downtown Art Walk on Friday evening, Jan. 1. Two can stay at the Hotel Indigo Thursday and Friday nights for $299, including valet parking and breakfast. For more information or to make reservations, call 337-3446. New Years Eve is also closing night for The SantaLand Diaries in Florida Repertory Theatres new Studio Theatre next to the main stage in downtown Fort Myers. This one-man show is based on David Sedaris essay about being an elf at Macys department store in New York City. Tickets are $38 and the 70-minute show starts at 8:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 332-4488.Dinner and a showGeorge M! opens on New Years Eve at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Based on the life of George M. Cohan, Americas first show business mega-star, the musical includes his famous songs such as Give My Regards to Broadway, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Youre a Grand Old Flag. Tickets for this special New Years Eve celebration are $100 apiece and can be purchased by calling 278-4422 or going to All aboardOr, you can celebrate on the rails with the Seminole Murder Mystery Train New Years Eve Gala. Beginning at 8 p.m., the to-do includes a five-coursemeal, a murder mystery, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. The train departs from and returns to the Colonial Station in Fort Myers. Tickets are $125 per person. For tickets or more information, call 275-8487. A symphony saluteSalute to Vienna, an annual celebration of the New Year by the Strauss Symphony of America, takes place at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Andras Deak conducts. In addition to Melanie Holiday, soprano and Neal Von Osten, tenor, the evening includes dancers from the National Ballet of Hungary and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Tickets are $67, $62, $57 and $47 and available by calling 481-4849 or going to island-styleNew Years Eve is also closing night for Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel. The 8 p.m. show consists of three actors performing a play of every popular Christmas tale. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 16 and younger. For tickets or more information, call 4726862. Swing into 2010Jazz, pop and swing into the New Year with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. This is the most exiting New Years ever, says Phil CEO and founder Myra Daniels. The full orchestra will perform, with our new principal pops leader, Jack Everly. Well have a program of jazz, swing, pops and entertainment led by Ann Hampton Callaway with her silky voice and her slinky ways. String trio Time for Three, a group that blends classical, country, gypsy and jazz, will also perform. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with what Ms. Daniels calls a scrumptious buffet. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Its a beautiful evening. Ms. Daniels adds, ending with everyone holding hands and singing Auld Lang Syne. Tickets are $135. For reservations or more information, call 597-1900 or go to ARTSYFrom page 1 Fine Foods Full Service Bar Live Entertainment nightly For ReservationS Call 239-774-1880www.erinsisle.bizLocated One Mile South on Collier Blvd. (SR 951) Between Marco Island and US 41 NEW YEARS EVE GRAND PARTYFeaturing Bobby Gideons, Marty Krebs & More, Let The Dance Begin! Party Begins at 8pm till Midnight Complete Dinner Specials Which include appetizers, salad, choice of entre & dessert Party Hats and Favors Included $25.00 cover charge Tickets Now on SaleOpen Daily, Lunch & Dinner, 11:30am till 11:30pm Finest & Fresh Seafood, Live Maine Lobster, Steaks, Veal & Prime Rib Sunday Morning Breakfast Buffet, 8am till 1pm Last Minute Christmas Day Reservations Serving 12Noon till 9pm Gift Certificates Available EARLY CELEBRATIONDinner Served from 4:30pm till 6:15pm Cover Charge of $10.00 pp, includes party favors, entertainment by Bobby Gideons and a free glass of champagne to celebrate. Party ends at 7:15pm NE W W W W W W W W W W Y Y Y E E E A A A A R R R R S S S S E E E E V E E F F R R R R O O O O O O O M M M M M M IRELAND


WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C13 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WE EK OF DE CE O C a guide with style ... New Years EveIf youre going to entertain on New Years Eve, remember to KISS. No, we arent referring to the midnight smooch. Were talking acronym here: Keep it simple, stupid. Dont attempt to make your first seven-layer torte along with a dozen other dishes just hours before your guests arrive. Instead, select four or five relatively easy recipes youve already tested and perfected. Even better would be dishes you can make the day before so you arent stuck in the kitchen all day and well into the evening once your guests arrive. Include several items you dont have to prepare, such as three to five good cheeses, chunks of fresh bread, an assortment of olives, a good tapenade or smoked fish spread you buy rather than make yourself. What follows is a plan that allows you to get almost everything ready before the guests arrive. The recipes form a substantive table of hors doeuvres rather than a sit-down dinner. Its far easier, and it doesnt require everyone to be there at a specific time or seating for a large group. Area chefs were generous enough to share their recipes, creating an ethnic melting pot that should satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike.Up to one week before the partyFinalize menu and compile shopping list (checking it twice). Dont forget napkins, plates and serving items. Buy beverages. Beer and wine are less complicated and take up less space than a full bar. See wine recommendations in accompanying story. Dont skimp on soft drinks. Purchase non-perishable groceries. Three days aheadClean the house. Yes, its early, but then youll just have to do a quick touchup on party day.Two days aheadFinish shopping. Make the cous cous and refrigerate. Decorate. Clean and prepare the grill.Day aheadSet up the bar. Set out all the silverware, serving utensils, plates, paper goods. Bake truffles. Place satay skewers in water.Party dayBuy fresh bread and ice. Do a quick check of the house and touch up cleaning. Assemble empanadas and clafoutis before guests arrive. Check bar and set out everything youll need. Just before party starts, set out cheeses, breads, olives, dips, cous cous and other dishes that arent cooked. Place empanadas in oven about 45 minutes before serving. (Turn down oven to 315 degrees to warm it up for clafoutis.) Marinate beef two hours before cooking. Grill satay 15 minutes before serving. Put clafoutis in oven about 45 minutes before you plan to serve it. With the exception of brief excursions to the kitchen to pull hot items or refill platters, you should have plenty of time to mingle and party.Recipes: Asian-marinated Beef Satay with Thai-style Mandarin Orange-Peanut Sauce Beef tenderloin 1 pounds beef tenderloin 15 8-inch bamboo skewers Place skewers in water and soak for at least two hours. Slice tenderloin into 1-ounces pieces (against the grain) and skewer onto tips of skewers. Asian marinade 2 cups soy sauce 1 cup rice wine vinegar 1 ounce sesame oil 2 TBS garlic, minced 1 TBS red chili flakes 2 TBS black and white sesame seeds Whisk together. Reserve 2 cups for peanut sauce. Marinate the beef tips in remaining 1 cup for 2 hours. Thai-style mandarin orangepeanut sauce 2 cups Asian marinade 1 cup smooth peanut butter 2 TBS sriracha (or other Asian hot sauce) 1 can mandarin oranges (8 ounces) cup pickled ginger, drained or chopped 1 TBS each black and white sesame seeds cup scallions, diced Directions: Puree first five ingredients in food processor until smooth. Remove and fold in sesame seeds and scallions. Heat at medium-low until warmed. Grill skewers over high heat for 1 minute per side (careful not to burn bamboo) and serve vertically in half a small melon with peanut sauce on the side. Sprinkle with more scallions as garnish. Eat! Note: For variety, make some skewers with shrimp but marinate only 30 minutes. This recipe makes enough for four to six generous appetizer portions but will feed more when served with other dishes. Multiply recipe as needed for larger gatherings.Steve Iadevaia, executive chef River City Grill, Punta Gorda Potato and Chorizo Empanadas Ingredients: 3 or 4 red or white potatoes, peeled and diced 1 tsp salt 1 pound chorizo sausage (casing removed), diced 1 Spanish onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste cup chicken broth 12 large pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped cup golden raisins 1 package (20 ounces) Goya refrigerated turnover pastry Directions: Put potatoes in pan filled with cold water, add salt and bring to boil uncovered. Simmer until tender. Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium heat, add chorizo and cook about 5 minutes. Add onion, seasonings, broth, olives and raisins and cook until mixture is soft and a lovely red color. Drain potatoes and fold into meat mixture. Allow filling to cool. Place pastry circles on counter then roll each out with lightly floured rolling pin. Add 2 generous tablespoons of filling to the center of each pastry circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Seal edges tightly with fork. Bake in 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve with your favorite sauce. Note: This makes enough for one package of turnover pastry. Multiply recipe as needed for larger groups. Also, you can substitute the filling, using chicken or shrimp or making it vegetarian. Other fillings might make dessert, such as mangoes and oranges, apples or pears. Be creative!Gloria Cabral-Jordan Trattoria Caf Napoli, Fort Myers Apple mint couscous salad Ingredients: 2 TBS butter 2 TBS plus cup olive oil 1 cup couscous 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp cardamom (optional) Salt and pepper to taste 1 TBS green onion, chopped 1 TBS parsley, chopped 1 cup apple juice 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed 1 large cucumber, peeled and cubed cup fresh mint, chopped Juice of one lemon cup plain yogurt Preparation: Heat the butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan. Stir in the couscous when the butter and oil are hot. Add the cumin, garlic, cardamom, salt and pepper. Mix well. Incorporate the green onions and parsley. Stir gently until the spice aroma is detected. Stir in the apple juice. Remove from stove and wrap the lid in a napkin or a clean towel and place firmly on the pot. Let ingredients and pan rest for 10 minutes. Uncover and fluff up couscous with a fork. (If the mixture is too dry, add more apple juice). At this point the couscous can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two days. Just before serving, add the apples, cucumber, mint, lemon juice, olive oil and yogurt. Toss. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.Chef/owner Michael Mir Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro, Naples Chocolate Macadamia Truffles Truffle ingredients: 1 cups toasted nuts (macadamias or any you prefer) 1 cups flour cup sugar tsp salt 3 ounces butter 9 ounces dark chocolate, melt and whisk into butter 3 eggs Directions: Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan and dust with cocoa. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine nuts, flour, sugar and salt in food processor and process until crumbly. Combine butter, chocolate and eggs. Add dry ingredients to wet. Bake for 20-30 minutes until dry on top. Cool then top with icing (recipe follows). Icing Ingredients: 2 cups cream, boiled 18 ounces chocolate 2 TBS butter Directions: Pour hot cream over chocolate and butter. Stir then pour over truffles, cool and cut to desired size. Note: These are easy to make, and can be made with any nut you like. Cut small, there should be 30-40 pieces.Jeanie Roland, chef/owner The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda Cherry Clafoutis Ingredients: 2 ounces regular flour 2 eggs 2 ounces caster sugar 6 ounces milk 1 ounces heavy cream 1 ounces unsalted butter, melted 12 ounces fresh cherries, washed and pitted (see note) Confectioners sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 315 degrees. Sift flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Add the sugar, milk, cream and melted butter, mixing well after each addition. Strain to remove lumps. Butter a 9-by-12-inch pan. Sprinkle the cherries over the bottom then pour in batter. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Dust generously with confectioners sugar. Serve warm. Note: Use well-drained canned cherries if fresh arent available.Rocio Pinault French Bread Oven, Fort Myers and NaplesSimplicity is the key to successful, low-stress entertaining jimMcCRACKEN karenFELDMAN >> While the recipes in the accompanying story encompass a world of avors, dont fret about nding one to match everything. Some people only drink white; others prefer red. Offer a variety and let guests decide. Some suggestions follow with dessert wines at the end. Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer: This Alsatian white is crisp and dry with hints of spice, citrus and acid, making it a great match for cheese. About $35. Hawkes Vineyards Chardonnay: An unoaked chard, it has clean citrus notes and good acidity. About $25. Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley: This Oregonian beauty offers blackberry and dark plums on the nose and palate with nice acidity. About $35. Rosenblum Rockpile Road Zinfandel: With rich color, zesty black raspberry and spice, it pairs well with meat dishes. About $35. Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz: This is another good choice with savory dishes, offering cherry and spice and a lingering nish. Less than $25. Juan Gil Monastrell 2007: This Spanish wine is a great match for empanadas but its berries and tannins will stand up to other rich foods, too. Less than $20. Grahams 10-Year-Old Tawny Port: A full-bodied, medium sweet port, it pairs well with chocolate. About $25. Quady Elysium: Made from black muscat grapes, this port is fruity and oral and works well with desserts. Less than $25. St. Supery Moscato: A good match for the clafoutis, it has peach and orange notes with a crisp clean nish. Less than $15. Ban Rosato Regale: A sparkling wine with fresh raspberry and oral nose and avors it would balance the clafoutis well. Less than $25. A festive selection of wines

PAGE 50 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Call InteractiveDINNER & SHOW plus a er partyAT NAPLES BEACH HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB Be a guest and join the mob at this zany Italian WeddingA Blast NBC News ABC NewsNew Years Eve DANCE! MINGLE! SING!EAT! DRINK! LAUGH!COMEDY ITALIAN WEDDING ww a guide with style ... New Years EveSome people like to go out dancing and other people have to work. Lou ReedFor most of his adult life, trumpet player Bob Zottola never had to wonder what family dinner or glitzy party to attend on New Years Eve. Hed be working instead. Ive been a musician all my life, since childhood, and holidays are the exact opposite of a holiday for professional musicians, said Mr. Zottola, 73. While everyone else is whooping it up and having a good time, were engaged in entertaining. Its not exactly a bad experience because its what we love to do. To satisfy the demands of partygoers means a night of work for thousands. For example, Mr. Zottola will perform with his nine-piece Expandable Jazz Band at the Hilton Naples on Dec. 31. Pam Lemmerman, owner of the French Connection bar and caf in downtown Fort Myers, is planning on a crazy-busy night that includes managing a staff of servers, as well as helping clear tables and serve drinks and meals. It generally involves cramming two days worth of business into one evening, she said. We celebrate while were working. In this business, its just what you do. You have all your close friends who youre working with and all your other friends come by anyway. Anne Omme, night manager on duty at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Port Charlotte, agreed to work on New Years Eve so a co-worker could take the night off. She forecasts a slow night at work. New Years Eve is a time when were here, checking in people who are coming in with their reservations, said Ms. Omme, 71. Its a very quiet night. Im here until 11 or 11:30 p.m., and then I usually go home and have a drink with my husband. Not everyone has to work. While Ms. Omme is at the Holiday Inn, Myra Daniels will be in the audience at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. I am going to see the greatest show around and that is at the Philharmonic, said Ms. Daniels, founder of the Phil. We have a great show on stage with a full orchestra and a full buffet. Its going to be jazz, pop, swing into the New Year. Phil staff members will prepare for three days beforehand so an estimated 1,400 guests can enjoy dinner and a show. Of course, the performers dont eat before the performance, so Ill have a special party for them afterwards, said Ms. Daniels. She also remembered her first New Years party in Gary, Ind., when she was 4 years old. My family had a lot of friends in from all over and my mother sang and my father played the violin, and I did a gypsy dance and played the tambourine, she said. It was wild because Id never really been to a New Years party. Keith Cronebachs night will involve taking many phone calls. Hes director of reservations for Chop City Grill, Yabba Island Grill and Pazzo! Italian Caf in Naples. Im definitely working on New Years Eve, he said. Ill be taking reservation all day long, then going down to Yabba and collecting the cover charge. If youre in the restaurant business you get used to not celebrating holidays. We are fortunate enough to work for a (restaurant group) thats not open on Christmas or Thanksgiving. Trumpet player Mr. Zottola might also take other holidays off, but Dec. 31 is a career must. Without exception, Im engaged in performing on New Years Eve, he said. Thats prime time for musicians or entertainers. Its rare you would turn it down to go to a party with friends. From 1987 to 2003, he spent that night in an orchestra pit on Broadway in New York City, playing trumpet for Les Miserables. That was only the first show of the night. Once the performance was over about 10 oclock, Id have to walk through massive crowds waiting for the ball to drop (in Times Square) and get over to the Waldorf Astoria and play over there, said Mr. Zottola, who lives in Naples. That was a typical New Years Eve in New York City. At the Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers, owner Patti Price will also ring in the New Year by working the party. For me, (New Years Eve) is just making sure everything goes to plan, goes fluently, every station is kept up, she said. My husband (Michael) and I make sure we monitor the bathrooms and the front doors. Were also having an outside bar this year to help with the flow of traffic. We want to make sure its a great time for our guests. What it feels like to work the NYE party BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ COURTESY PHOTOBob Zottola, New Years Eve musician


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C15 24 WE EKOFDECEMB ER 2 WE EK O F DE CE MBER 2 a guide with style ... New Years EveNew Years Eve is a big night for restaurants. Many offer special menus, often with a bit of bubbly included. The most popular spots fill up quickly, so make sure to call your favorite early. Heres a sampling of whats happening around Naples: Alexanders 4077 Tamiami Trail N. 262-4999 Four-course dinner with wine, $80 per person. Open 4:30 to close. Aura Naples Grande Beach Resort 475 Seagate Drive 597-3232 Serving an elegant five-course menu. First seating 6:30-8:30 p.m., second seating 9-0:30 p.m. $125 per person. AZN at Mercato 593-8818 5:30-6 p.m. seating for a three-course dinner, $25 per person; 7:30-8 p.m. seating, $50 per person for threecourse dinner and a glass of champagne; 9:30-10 p.m. seating $100 per person for a four-course dinner, live music, dancing, party favors and a split of Piper-Heidsieck champagne. Baleen LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort 9891 Gulf Shore Drive 598-5707 9 p.m. seating for a celebration dinner that includes a seafood station, risotto station, a French market charcuterie display, saute and carving stations and grilled-to-order filet and lobster tails. $195 per person, not inclusive of alcohol. Live entertainment. Bamboo Cafe 755 12th Ave. S. 643-6177 5-6 p.m. seating, $72 per person for a four-course meal and one glass of house champagne; seating after 6 p.m., $85 per person for dinner and a glass of champagne, piano music by Marc Meyer, party favors, French celebration via satellite TV and the best view of the fireworks at the Naples Pier. Bayfront Inn 1221 Fifth Ave. S. 649-5800 Celebrate from 8-12:30 p.m. and enjoy hors doeuvres, champagne toast, dessert and coffee bar, party favors and dancing to tunes by a DJ. $60 per person, or $135 per person including open bar. Bayside 270 Gulfshore Blvd. N. In The Village On Venetian Bay 649-5552 Serving regular hours, special menu. Bellini 445 Fifth Ave. S. 261-1117 Special a la carte menu with items from $12 to $30. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Italian bubbly with dinner. Bice Ristorante 300 Fifth Ave. S. 262-4044 Al la carte menu for seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; 10 p.m. seating for $120 per person and includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Bistro 821 821 Fifth Ave. S. 261-5821 5-6 p.m., two courses and a glass of champagne, $50; 5-7:30 p.m., three courses and a glass of champagne, $75; 7:30 to close, four courses and champagne toast, $110. Reservations required. Blue Martini at Mercato 591-2583 or From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., complimentary appetizers, champagne toast at midnight, live music by REMIX beginning at 9 p.m. and a complimentary candy bar buffet. Caf Lurcat/Bar Lurcat 494 Fifth Ave. S. 213-3357 $90 per person for a special prix fixe menu, champagne toast and live music by Greg Miller and the Tributes with Motown classics. Campiello 1177 Third St. S. 435-1166 Four-course prix fixe menu and live entertainment, $90 per person. Capital Grille 9005 Mercato Dr 254-0640 Regular menu with a complimentary midnight champagne toast Chops 837 Fifth Ave. S. 262-4677 Three dining options through the evening, $55, $85 and $119. The Dock at Crayton Cove 845 12th Ave. S. At the City Dock 263-9940 Full menu plus chefs specials. Open for lunch and dinner on New Years Eve. Reservations accepted. The English Pub 2408 Linwood Ave. 775-3727 Dining room open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Gala dinner dance begins at 9 p.m. Champagne and party favors at midnight, dancing until 3 a.m. $29.95 a person ($25 per person for parties of six or more). Erins Isle 6190 Collier Blvd. 774-1880 New Years Eve from Ireland: 4:306:15 p.m. early celebration with regular menu and $10 per person cover charge for party favors, entertainment by Bobby Gideons and a glass of champagne to celebrate; 8 p.m. and after, New Years Eve Grand Party features special menu and music by Bobby Gideons, Marty Krebs and more, $25 per person cover charge. Flemings Steakhouse 8985 Tamiami Trail N. 598-2424 Start with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne and then choose from special holiday menus ($69.95 for lobster and seafood; $75.95 for filet mignon and lobster tail). Reservations accepted. The Hilton Naples 5111 Tamiami Trail N. 659-3111 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., enjoy jazz trumpeter Bob Zottola and The Expandable Jazz Band. $195 per person includes open bar and hors doeuvres; dinner, music and dancing, a keepsake photograph, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The Keg 8990 Fontana Del Sol Way 566-9616 New Years Eve all-inclusive menu, $39.95. M Waterfront Grille 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 263-4421 Serving a festive three-course dinner from 5-11 p.m., $75 per person. Live jazz in the lounge from 5-11 p.m. Reservations accepted. McCormick & Schmicks 9114 Strada Place 591-2299 Open til 1 a.m. with a special celebration menu. Mira Mare 4236 Gulf Shore Blvd. N 430-6273 Regular menu offered at 5 and 7 p.m. seatings; 9 p.m. seating for $95 per person includes prix fixe menu, champagne toast, live music and party favors. The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. 261-2222 Be a guest at Joey & Marias Wedding. $95 per person includes cocktails beginning at 8:30 p.m., ceremony and reception with a five-course dinner and entertainment by Michael Palumba performing the hits of Frankie Valle and Dion. Cash bar. Call 431-6262 for tickets. Or dine in Broadwells restaurant from 6-10 p.m. and enjoy a four-course dinner complete with a champagne toast, $59 per person. The Naples Princess 550 Port-O-Call Way 649-2275 Several cruises throughout the day. Gala evening cruise has open bar, hors d oeuvres and dinner, dancing to live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Noodles 1585 Pine Ridge Road 592-0050 Full dinner menu available. Live entertainment and DJ for dancing from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Olio 1500 Fifth Ave. S. 530-5110 6:30 p.m. seating for a four-course dinner, $75 per person. Paddy Murphys Irish Pub 475 Fifth Ave. S. 649-5140 Welcome the New Year with live entertainment. Ridgway Bar & Grille 1300 Third St. S. 262-5500 Regular menu available 4:30-10 p.m. Live music and a view of the fireworks in the courtyard. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort 2600 Tiburon Drive 593-2000 Hotel guests and locals invited to a Family Carnival from 7 p.m. to midnight. $45 for adults, $25 for children 10 and older, free for younger children, includes games, barbecue dinner and live entertainment on the lawn, in the Court of Palms and in Tiburon Ballroom. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road 598-3300 Partake in a four-course a la carte holiday meal at the Grill. 5-8:30 p.m. seating, $225 for adults and $50 for children; 8:30 p.m. and later seating, $250 (includes champagne toast). Riverwalk at Tin City 1200 Fifth Ave. S. 263-2734 Full menu plus chefs special additions. Open for lunch and dinner New Years Eve. Sea Salt 1186 Third St.t S. 434-7258 Special celebration menu and live entertainment. Shulas Steakhouse 5111 Tamiami Trail N. 430-4999 A la carte menu available from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and noisemakers at midnight. Reservations accepted. South Street City Oven & Grill 1410 Pine Ridge Road 435-9333 Celebrate with live entertainment. Stoneys Steakhouse 403 Bayfront Place 435-9353 Special celebration menu. 6-8:30 p.m. seating, $80 per person; 8:30 p.m. and later, $115 per person includes a champagne toast, party favors and live entertainment. Third Street South Historic District Let it snow! Felix Jiles will perform in the Gattles courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks from the City Pier start at 7:30 p.m. Vergina on Fifth Avenue 700 Fifth Ave. S. 659-7008 Prix fixe menu, 4-7 p.m., $60 per person; 7 p.m. and later, $120 per person, includes a glass of champagne and live music. Vision nightclub 11901 Tamiami Trail N. 821-0640 DJ Vinny Fu in the main room; DJ Mr. Big Shot in V Lounge; DJ Anthony Martin and DJ Gerard on the outside terrace. Open 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. $35 per person for open bar all night. VIP bottle service with host Mike Messina, $250 and up for a table of four includes a bottle from the list and a bottle of champagne; 298-0284 for VIP reservations. There will a live remote with B103.9. Yabba Island Grill 711 Fifth Ave. S. 262-5787 Early dining 4:30-5:30, $25 per person includes a three-course menu with glass of champagne; a la carte menu available 5:30-8 p.m.; New Years Eve special begins at 8 p.m., $125 per person for a three-course dinner and entry to the DJ dance party beginning at 10:30 p.m.Happy New Year! 2010 has tons of options


C16 WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Back to the glitz of 1920s ChicagoCelebrating 11 years of girls, glitz and glamour across the country, the recordbreaking hit musical Chicago is back in town for four performances Dec. 26-28. Tom Wopat stars as Billy Flynn in the story of murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s. Tickets are $64.New Orleans jazz out of New YorkIn a rare, non-New York appearance, Woody Allens New Orleans Jazz Band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, as part of a limited tour of Florida and California. The bands sound is firmly rooted in the classic jazz music that Mr. Allen has loved since childhood. The group regularly sells out The Caf Carlyle in Manhattan and was the subject of the documentary film, Wild Man Blues. Tickets are $89.Three great American voicesCrystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney bring American Voices to the Phil at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. Ms. Gayle and Mr. Gatlin, each with a long Grammy Award-winning career, team up with Irish Americas favorite son for a stirring celebration of patriotism, honoring the American songbook and celebrating country, heritage, faith and friendship. The three superstars will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra. Tickets are $52.Bernadette is backBernadette Peters, who has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on Broadway, on television and in concert, performs at the Phil for one night only at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Two seasons ago, Ms. Peters wowed Naples at the Philharmonic Orchestras 25th Anniversary Gala celebration. One of Broadways brightest stars, she returns in the company of a 28-piece orchestra to deliver some of her best-known songs with her distinctive charm and style. Tickets are $79.Mester conducts Classical 3The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphonic Journeys, the third program in the orchestras Classical Series, led by Music Director Jorge Mester, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-9. The Conductors Prelude begins one hour before each concert. The program includes Swedish Rhapsody, a symphonic portrait of a nightlong wedding festival; Bruchs Scottish Fantasy, based on lively folk melodies; Mozarts Symphony No. 33; and Brittens Variations on a Theme by Henry Purcell, which introduces all of the instruments in the orchestra. Violin virtuoso Ilya Kaler is the guest artist. Tickets are $64 for adults and $25 for students. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. For more information or to order tickets, call 5971900 or visit UP AT THE PHIL 2408 Linwood Avenue, East Naples 1 7:30 Five Entre Choices including Roasted Norfolk TurkeyAll served with traditional trimmings. Selection of Holiday Desserts Available from $2.50 Kids 12 & Under Half Price Reservations Recommended Naples Oldest Authentic British Tavern EST. 1969HAPPY HOLIDAYS fromTHE ENGLISH PUB BOXING DAY SATURDAYDecember 26thOpen All DayDinner & Drink SpecialsSing-A-Long at 8pm with our Brit entertainers followed by Dancing Till LateMONDAY & TUESDAY Dec. 28th & 29th ONLYBUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on Any Dinner Entre With CouponOf Equal or Lesser Value Must be Seated by 5:30pm Not Valid with any other offer. NEW YEARS DAYFREE Oysters & Bloody Marys, 11am-1pm Live Music In The Bar, 6pm-CloseThis great Pub Tradition in its 10th Great Year! Dining Room open from 12pm-7:30pm Regular Dinner Specials from $10 Gala Dinner Dance 9pm-3am (Reservations a Must) Crab Stuffed Portabello or Cream of Asparagus Soup; Loaves of Hovis Honey Wheat Bread; Fiesta Salad with a Champagne Vinigrette. Choice of: Sliced Filet Mignon with Port Wine Demi Glace, Stuffed Chicken with CaPhilly Cheese & Wiltshire Ham Topped with a Supreme Sauce, Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce, Shrimp Stuffed Rulard of Sole with a Pernod Butter. Tiramisu. Champagne & Party Favors at Midnight Dancing Till 3am $29.95 pp Party of 6 or more $25 pp (plus tax and gratuity)


C18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 12 photographers exhibit classic photos of the well known glamour and art model. Also nudes by Picasso, Matisse, Zorn, Dali, Renoir and other artists through January 10, 2010New LocationJust Arrived Rare M.C. Escher worksShoppes of Venetian Village 4380 Gulf Shore Blvd., N (#804), Naples Valerie Whitaker Nudes David Lawrence Center plans Russian adventureTicketholders for the David Lawrence Foundations 2010 gala fundraiser will be transported to St. Petersburg, capital of the Russian Empire and the land of splendid palaces, imperial estates and monuments. The adventure begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Naples Yacht Club and includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $500 per person, $1,200 per VIP guest or $5,000 per table of 10. For more information about Saint Petersburg: Land of the Tsars, call 3541416 or e-mail Saddle up for the Cattle Barons BallBreak out your sexiest stilettos, tallest 10-gallon hat and best bandana for the American Cancer Society of Marco Islands annual Cattle Barons Ball coming up Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Marco Island Marriott Resort. Celebrity emcee will be Bill Wood of Fox4s Morning Blend. The Wild, Wild West evening begins with cocktails following by dinner, dancing to the sounds of Fakahatchee, a silent auction, gaming tables and pony races. Prizes will be awarded for best stilettos, hat and western outfit. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bea Ferretti at 642-8800, ext. 112, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday or stop by the American Cancer Society office at 917 N. Collier Blvd. For the best seats, purchase tickets by Jan. 10. The stars come out for Naples PlayersGlamour. Sparkle. Culinary delights. And a splash of Broadway. Find it all at A Starry, Starry Night, the annual gala to benefit The Naples Players on Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. After cocktails and dinner, The Naples Players will entertain with some of their biggest show stoppers. Saks Fifth Avenue will showcase fashions for the season, and a live auction will offer an array of items. One very lucky guest will win a drawing for a five-carat diamond necklace. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Patty Baker at 643-4824 or The Naples Players at 434-7340, ext. 10. Fun Time academy bound for Land of OzFun Time Early Childhood Academys third annual play date fundraiser will have the theme of Follow the Yellow Brick Road. The evening of fine dining and fun will have a silent and limited live auction with Mayor Bill Barnett as auctioneer. The adventure unfolds Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Fifth Third Bank is the presenting sponsor; event co-chairs are Carol Munro and Kenneth Deedy. Proceeds will help support the Fun Time academy mission to provide safe, affordable early childhood education and quality childcare for the children of low-income working families in the community. Tickets are $250 per person. Patron tickets for $350 include a private party the week before the main event. For more information, call 261-7411, 263-2673 or 262-4878. Step out to The Ritz for Step by StepStep by Step Early Childhood Education and Therapy Center, an inclusive early child care and education program that provides children ages birth to 5 years, regardless of their diverse abilities, a nurturing environment that supports their social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development, holds is annual gala and auction event Sunday evening, Feb. 21, at The RitzCarlton Golf Resort. Charles and Marve Ann Alaimo are chairing this years event. Tickets are $125 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Jean Mekeel at 455-9525. Former NFL player will help mend heartsFormer NFL offensive guard Victor Rivas Rivers, spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Mending Broken Hearts with Hope luncheon to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The event, which typically draws a sellout crowd, is set for Friday, Feb. 26, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. In his New York Times best-selling book, A Private Family Matter, Mr. Rivers chronicles his journey from gang member to class president, including details of the child abuse and domestic violence he endured and witnessed as a child. Tickets are $300 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels from $1,000 to $10,000. 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C20 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Devotees of artist Nora Butler s fanciful coastal-themed creations no longer have to wait for a weekend art show to enjoy her work. A Neapolitan for 25 years, Ms. Butler has opened a boutique near the Dock at Crayton Cove thats chock full of her colorful original art and limited edition giclee prints as well as stationery, clothing and assorted gift items imprinted with her designs. Nora Butler Designs also features other select artists work, including Sarasota artist Steve Whitlocks popular game fish prints and nautical chartart. The space also serves as Ms. Butlers studio, where patrons can see her meticulous designs come to life. Ms. Butlers work has been described as pictures within pictures. Beginning with a classic shape usually local flora or fauna she uses colored pencils to marry whimsy and realism in intricate designs and rich colors that suggest a fascinating interior life of the subject. Childhood summers spent on Sanibel Islands sandbars inspire Ms. Butlers strong appreciation for tropical wildlife. Hundreds of hours spent searching for perfect shells, snorkeling, fishing and bug catching resulted in a fascination with the combinations of pattern, color and design found within the realm of coastal and marine life. As a student of the School of Fine Art at the University of South Florida, Ms. Butler was encouraged by her instructors to pursue a unique illustrative style using colored pencils, a drawing medium that has gained popularity due to its versatility, portability and lightfast pigment. She has created posters for many local and regional events and has been commissioned for the last four years to create the artwork for the Taste of Collier. Locals no doubt will recognize theArtist Nora Butler settles in near the Dock at Crayton CoveSEE BUTLER, C21 COURTESY PHOTO Loggerhead Rhythms


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC22 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 Verginas chefs prepare world-class, Italian inspired cuisine sure to please traditionalists, as well as those looking for that unique selection. e Perfect Gi.... Vergina Gi Certicates Buy 10, Get One Free!(Minimum $50 each)Book your Holiday Dinner Party or Cocktail Reception Now!e Place to be New Years Eve RESERVE TODAY! Happy Hour Specials: 1/2 priced drinks & bar menu starting at 3:00 pm Motown with Melvin nightly 8:00 pm Open Daily for Dinner Open for Lunch Monday through Saturday The newest exhibit at Guess-Fisher Gallery showcases the works of three women artists: Christina Wyatt, Bonny Hawley and Holly Manneck. Gentle Interpretations opens with a meet-theartists reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, and runs through Monday, Jan. 31. Gentle Interpretations features works in a variety of art mediums including oil, acrylic and mixed media on linen and various surfaces. Through their creative endeavors, Ms. Wyatt, Ms. Hawley and Ms. Manneck offer a uniquely feminine viewpoint of contemporary issues. Guess-Fisher Gallery is at 824 Fifth Avenue South. For more information, call Natalie Guess at 659-2787 or e-mail Guess-Fisher Gallery showcases Gentle Interpretations in JanuaryCOURTESY PHOTOS Top: The Sanctuary, Christina Wyatt Above: Yellow Circles In Field of Cyan, Holly Manneck Right: Go With The Flow, Bonny Hawley


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC24 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 30% Federal Tax Credit SOLAR SOLUTIONSPremium Solatube Dealer12995 S. Cleveland Ave. St. 235A Fort Myers, FL 33907(239) 466-8605 solarsolutionsw .comNew showroom now open 10-2 M-FM or by appointment only.The Harry Connick Jr. and Orchestra Your Songs In Concert Tour will perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Ticket are on sale at the box office, by calling 481-4849 or online at www. Over the past two decades, Mr. Connick has taken a hands-on approach to his recording career, calling the shots at the numerous phases of his album projects writing original material or picking songs, choosing the ensemble settings and writing arrangements, singing and playing piano, and with the aid of co-producer and longtime confidant, Tracey Freeman, overseeing mixing and mastering. For Your Songs, his newest collection on Columbia Records, Mr. Connick expands his vision to encompass 14 classic popular songs. Clive Davis, the producer and chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, is the driving force behind the change. As my co-producer on this album, Clive was very involved in the overall concept, song selection and choice of tempos, said Mr. Connick. And, although he didnt come to the studio when we recorded, he gave me lots of comments on the mixes. It was Mr. Davis who suggested that the album be built around pop classics. He wanted to feature me as a singer, Mr. Connick said. It was a new role for me, and it was invigorating. Harry Connick Jr. and Orchestra coming to Fort Myers COURTESY PHOTOHarry Connick Jr. Of Naples


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 A sweet Willy Wonka Weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, NaplesWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Story time 2. Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas 3. Dave and Dara Pettinato with children, Hannah and Spencer 4. Kristin Lawhorn, Emily Trebilcock, Lauren and Jordan Lawhon 5. Madeliene, Alexa and Theo Dahl 6. Brittany and Melissa Merrell 7. Francis Palter, Albert Arillotta and Leslie Palter 8. Emma and Dawn Langdon 9. Mckenzie Campagnella, Nicole Mazzola and Tatiana Goldberg 10. Samantha, Sidney and Beckham DonovanCHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY 12 3 5 8 6 9 7 10 4


C28 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYSend us your society photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ or mail them to Florida Weekly, 2025 J&C Blvd., Suite 5, Naples, FL 34109. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like photos returned.We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ WEEKLY SOCIETY Chanukah on Fifth Avenue South with Chabad Naples 1. Elizabeth and Robin Bean 2. Rabbi Fishel Zaklos and Lisa Swirda 3. Mayor Bill Barnett and Nancy Kerns 4. Chaya Zaklos 5. Zachary Hildstein 6. Yitzi Zaklos 7. Mendel ZaklosBOB RAYMOND / DOWTOWN NAPLES ASSOCIATION 12 3 4 7 5 6


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C29 We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Sandra and Phil Hall 2. Lainey and Mathew Solanski 3. Anna, Ed and Elizabeth Boeder 4. Lin Lemnicky, Therese Harden, Kathy Harden, Carol Kiebach 5. Lauren, Brian and Abby Rogich 6. Blakely and Charlie Mus 7. Macauley, Glenn and Ellis ColeCHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 5 67 2 4 3The Village on Venetian Bay annual Christmas Boat Parade


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C32 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Go to for more discountsFT. MYERS, FL(Gulf Coast Town Center) 9924 Gulf Coast Main St. Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 466-8642NAPLES, FL(Coastland Center) 1860 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34102 (239) 352-8642NORTH NAPLES, FL(Fountain Park) 7941 Airport-Pulling Rd Naples, FL 34109 (239) 596-8840 Fresh. Natural. Delicious. THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 8 P.M Faith Hill: Joy to the World, A Soundstage Special Faith Hill, backed by an orchestra, sings favorites from her holiday album, a collection of standards amped up with challenging vocals and ambitious melodic structure. FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 8:30 P.M Untold Stories: Summerland in Wintertime In 1885, two friends from Kentucky discovered a pristine paradise 30 miles south of Fort Myers and decided to build a winter resort: Naples. Accessible only by boat, the town languished until the 1920s, when trains and the Tamiami Trail opened the town to development. By 1945, the backwater was becoming a boom town. SATURDAY, DEC. 26, 9 P.M Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special: Angel Gabriel Blue Hyacinth is in search for her dream kitchen while Richard has developed a fungal infection. Hyacinth claims it is gout, a disease supposedly caught by good living. Meanwhile Daddy has gone missing again and there is a stranger in his place. Trevor Bannister guest stars. SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 10 P.M. Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture Among the greatest American sculptors and monument builders of the late-19th and early-20th centuries was Augustus SaintGaudens. MONDAY, DEC. 28, 9 P.M. American Masters Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women The authors reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster in the 1800s is firmly established. However, raised among reformers, Transcendentalists and skeptics, Alcott was a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive values and she penned scandalous works under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 8 P.M NOVA: What Darwin Never KnewStunning breakthroughs in a new science nicknamed evo devo reveal answers to riddles that Darwin couldnt explain. 10 P.M. Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled From Possum Monument in Wausua to Rooster Graveyard in Key West to Ripleys Believe It or Not Headquarters in an undisclosed location, this wacky jaunt around Florida includes stops at Pyramid Village in San Carlos Park and the Koreshan Settlement in Estero. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 10 P.M. P.O.V. Patti Smith: Dream of LifeA remarkable plunge into the life, art, memories and philosophical reflections of the legendary rocker, poet and artist, shot over 11 years by acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Sebring. THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 8 P.M. Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Years EveThe New York Philharmonics New Years Eve glamorous gala celebrates allAmerican favorites conducted by Alan Gilbert. Alec Baldwin hosts. Following is the special holiday lineup from WGCU-HD 30.1/Cable 3 for childrens programming on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. CHRISTMAS EVE THURSDAY, DEC. 24 8 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. Theres only one dilemma: Neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, the gift-giving predicaments are beautifully resolved to reveal the true spirit of the holiday season. 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Arthur Arthurs Perfect Christmas Everyones favorite aardvark shows children many ways to celebrate the holidays while making preparations for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even Baxter Day. CHRISTMAS DAY FRIDAY, DEC. 25 9 a.m. Super Why! The Nutcracker Super Why and his friends dance their way into the story of The Nutcracker, accompanied by Tchaikovskys memorable music, to find out why the Mouse King is so cranky and give an innovative twist to the holiday classic. 9:30 a.m. Dinosaur Train Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers Buddy and his Pteranodon family ride the Dinosaur Train to the North Pole, where the family has fun celebrating winter solstice. They learn about big conifer trees and help decorate for a holiday party. 2:30 p.m. WordWorld The Christmas Star and A Christmas Present for Dog In The Christmas Star, its the night before Christmas and Frog needs a star to hang on his Christmas tree. While he sleeps, someone leaves him a wonderful present: the letters S-TA-R. In Christmas Present for Dog, its Christmas morning, and all the WordFriends are excited by the presents Santa has brought for them. 4:30 p.m. WordGirl Oh, Holiday Cheese and Change Day In Oh, Holiday Cheese, the Botsfords kick off the holiday festivities with a cheese party. With lots of cheese and sing-a-longs, the party is a huge success until Dr. Two Brains shows up with his cheeseswiping ray. In Change Day, everyone is bringing their loose change to the bank to convert it into savings. What will happen when the Butcher locks Becky and Bob in the vault? This week on WGCU TVJust for kids on PBS p r en s h rista n e rf ul e re s y i l y ride the Dinosaur Tra i n t o the North Pole, w here the family h as fun cel eb ratin g win te r so l s ti ce


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C33 Get your Millers Ale HouseGift CardsHoliday Open Christmas Day at 3pm At Millers Naples Ale House Quirky fads or unexpected favorites sometimes appear in the world of collecting. Prices go up based on supply and demand, but what creates the demand can be a mystery. Lunchboxes, plastic purses, plastic radios and Beanie Babies are all recent examples. Tulip bulbs in 17thcentury Holland are the most famous. A single bulb was selling for more than a house as prices for rare bulbs rose, then prices fell and created chaos. Todays newest amazing prices are for Blythe dolls, first made in Hong Kong by Kenner in 1972. There were four versions of the doll. Each had a big head and large eyes that changed color. They only sold for a year in the United States. Some slightly different dolls were also made and sold in Japan. There were Blythe wigs and clothing accessories, too. The dolls were soon forgotten by most people, but in 1997 a TV producer in New York began to carry and photograph her Blythe doll. In 2002 she had her photos published in a book, which led to new popularity for the doll. In 2001 Hasbro, which by then owned the Kenner trademark, gave Takara and Cross World Connections a license to make a new neo Blythe doll that became so popular it even appeared as a character in some Japanese ads. Toys R Us has sole rights to sell CWCs annual limited-edition Blythe doll every Christmas. The new dolls success led AshtonDrake Galleries to make a Blythe doll to sell to adults. These sell today for less than $100 apiece. All of this interest has led to amazing prices for the first dolls. Originally $25, today a 1972 doll in great (but not perfect) condition can sell for $2,000. In an original package, doll clothes can be worth $300 to $400. Doll collectors are very concerned about a Blythe dolls skin color, hairdo, original accessories and original clothes with original labels. Although there were originally blondes, redheads and black-haired dolls, the highest prices are for dolls with original black hair. Q: I just bought a mysterious silver spoon thats 15 inches long. It has a small deep bowl and a long twisted handle with 3-D grape leaves and bunches of grapes at the top. The grapes made me think it was used for wine. Its marked with the letters G and X and the word sterling. A: You have a brandy ladle. It was used to scoop up some brandy, light it, then pour it on a flaming dessert like cherries jubilee. The G is the mark of Gorham Manufacturing Co. of Providence, R.I. The X is a date symbol for 1886. Because its a one-purpose serving utensil, it usually sells near meltdown price, perhaps $100. But a wine collector or a gourmet cook would pay much more. Q: What can you tell me about a Mission settee that has been in my family for more than 65 years? Its oak with no upholstery. The back has vertical slats and the seat lifts up on hinges to reveal a storage area. The printed label on the bottom says, R.S. Nicholson Co., Jax., Fla. and Warsaw Furn. Mfg. Co., Warsaw, Ky.A: Warsaw Furniture Manufacturing Co. was in business from around the turn of the 20th century until at least the 1930s. The company is listed in a 1937 Grand Rapids, Mich., furniture show magazine. R.S. Nicholson was probably the retail store where the settee was originally purchased. The Mission style (also called Arts and Crafts) was at its peak of popularity during the first two decades of the 20th century, so thats probably when your settee was made. Settees with storage under the seat were meant to be kept in a front hall. You could sit on the settee to remove your boots, then store them with your hat and gloves under the seat. Mis-What sparks demand for fad items often a mysteryKOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING ch U li m D se th terryKOVEL sion settees by famous makers like Gustav Stickley sell for thousands. Yours, by a relatively unknown maker, is worth a few hundred dollars. Tip: To avoid breakins, be sure the hinges on your exterior doors are on the inside of the door. CURRENT PRICES Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Art deco silver-plated coffee spoons, black leatherette case with gold tooling, engraved C.P. Walker Co. Ltd. EPNS, c. 1920, set of six, $75. Pet Milk carton bank, wax-coated cardboard, Palmer Coxstyle Brownies, circus animals, teddy bears and clowns, Pet Dairy Products Co., 1955, 278by-3 inches, $80. Depression glass candy dish, Honeycomb pattern, iridescent marigold, ruffled, 1900s, 6 inches, $100. Little Orphan Annie Ovaltine ShakeUp mug, image of Annie and Sandy dancing, blue Beetleware mug, red lid, 1938, 2 inches, $170. you tell me s ettee that a mily for e ars? Its o lster y r ti e a x ., ar s aw W arsaw, Ky u rn i ture Ma nw as in busi nd th e turn t ury until at Th e compan y 7 Gran d Ra pi ture R.S. s ion sette e Gustav s ands un k n o fe w i y t re s hows fl auctions S tates. P r locations b i c con d iti o Art d sp oons, wit h g o ld COURTESY PHOTOThis original 1972 Blythe doll, 11 inches tall, sold in an online auction for $920. She has a tagged dress and eyes that change to four colors, but her face is slightly damaged and her hairdo is incorrect. 900 Neapolitan Way(Corner of US 41 & Neapolitan Way, Naples in the Neapolitan Shopping Center)239.434.9700 Open Daily 10-6 Sundays 12-5 It Only Looks Expensive


C34 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 300 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, Florida 239 262 4044 www.naples.bicegroup.comEarly Bird $24 three courses including one glass of wine 5pm to 6pmLIVE MUSIC every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 Featuring Gene Federico 2 for 1Join us for Happy Hour (on selected drinks) Every day from 4 to 6complimentary buffet &With Dine in the New Year! Three Seatings MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE SINZIERI FAMILY Special Menus Christmas Day & New Year s EveAUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE ENTREES UNDER $20 CHOOSE FROM 13! HAPPY HOUR 4-6PM BAR ONLY LIVE MUSIC 5-9PM The Village on Venetian Bay ~ Naples MIRAMARE RISTORANTE Waterfront Dining Here are some capsule summaries of previously reviewed restaurants:Alexanders, 4077 Tamiami Trail North, Naples; 262-4999 A splendid courtyard and equally lovely dining room afford customers plenty of charm that pairs well with chef/owner Alexander Bernards food, a mix of European and American fare. There are also several dishes marked as healthier lower in calories, fat and/or salt. Jumbo lump crabmeat in garlic butter was simple and succulent. Equally good was a wild mushroom and goat cheese strudel served with caramelized apples and sun-dried cherry gastrique. Miso-crusted butterfish was another simple but elegant dish and the duck, with its crisp skin, moist flesh, and tart-sweet lingonberries and port wine reduction, was excellent. Leave room for the house-made desserts, such as apple nut cake with ice cream and Monikas crepe of passion. Beer and wine served.Food: Service: Atmosphere: David Wongs Pan Asian & Sushi, 25301 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; 992-5600 David Wongs is a welcome addition to dining in Bonita Springs. From its subtle gold and maroon dining room to the knowledgeable and accommodating wait staff to the menu that affords diners a well-executed taste of several Asian cuisines, its a delightful choice for lunch or dinner. The Thai-style papaya salad with peanuts, long beans and a chili lime dressing was a resplendent starter, along with a sampler platter of flavorful but not sweet coconut shrimp, savory chicken satay and tender Vietnamese shrimp ravioli. The crispy duck was, indeed, crisp yet still moist within, served with sauted bok choy and three sauces. The ahi tuna two ways showcased the fish sushi style and as lightly seared fillets with stirfried veggies and citrus sauce. Tempura cheesecake yes, thats fried cheesecake with vanilla ice cream was a decadent and delicious finale. Beer and wine served.Food: Service: Atmosphere: Escargot 41, 4339 Tamiami Trail North, Naples; 793-5000 Naples is blessed with several excellent French restaurants, but Escargot 41 is one of the best. Never mind that its tucked into the corner of the nondescript Park Shore Shopping Center. Step inside and its as if youve traveled to a well-to-do Parisian bistro with food and service to match. Chef Patrick Fevrier is a master of French cuisine, while his wife, Jackie, is a gracious hostess. Choose from several escargot dishes (I liked Peters Fricassee 41). The salmon cured in sea salt, coated in coffee and smoked, is superb. The lobster bisque was classic and rich. Yellowtail snapper in lemon butter and caper sauce was a nightly special that was worthy of the designation. No cloyingly sweet duck here. Fevriers version is rubbed in garlic salt, roasted until the skin is just lightly crisp and the flesh still moist, then finished with a savory plum port wine sauce. For dessert, an ethereal raspberry souffl was worth every calorie. Beer and wine served. (The wine list is exceptional even for a much larger establishment.)Food: Service: Atmosphere: Noodles Italian Caf and Sushi Bar, Mission Square Plaza, 1585 Pine Ridge Road; 592-0050 Pasta and sushi doesnt seem a natural combination to me, but Noodles makes it work, offering upscale Italian fare, first-class sushi and a handful of low-carb options served by an able staff in a swanky club setting. Items from both East and West were excellent, including a nightly special of grilled shrimp and the whimsically named Paisano roll (fried snapper, scallions and cucumber topped with smoked salmon, avocado, sesame and sweet sauce). The lamb shanks were tender and delicious, served with natural juices enhanced by a bit of wine, garlic, rosemary, bay leaves and celery over house-made fettuccine. The cioppino featured a fresh mix of seafood also served over pasta. For dessert, one wedge of light, creamy Key lime pie was plenty for two. Full bar. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Ridgway Bar & Grill, Third Street South and 13th Avenue South; 262-5500 Chef Tony Ridgway and his business partner, wine expert Sukie Honeycutt, have been integral members of the Naples dining scene for more than two decades and they still deliver inventive food and intriguing wines with gracious hospitality. The menu features topdrawer ingredients crab cakes full of big chunks of crab, shaved slices of grana padano atop a well-balanced Caesar, fresh Florida seafood and a housemade apple galette with cinnamon ice cream that caused sighs of contentment from all at our table. Whether its comfort fare, such as a Bell & Evans herbroasted chicken, or something more contemporary, like the grilled red snapper with mango salsa and potato and artichoke gratin, its perfectly prepared and purposefully plated. The staff is as polished and appealing as the menu. Full bar. PAST REPASTS Key to ratings Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor 1 4339 T am i am i T ra il 7 93-500 0 e d with seve n c h r escargot best. th at t he o no re t er. its e led Pa ri h f ood mat ch e vri e r i s a h s a No odle s I and Sush i B Sq uare P Pine R 592-0 0 Pa st do es n natu r tion No o i t w in g u i an fa r s ushi a n o f low-c a served by a n a swanky club s f rom both East and Wes t lent, includin g a ni g htly sp e hidthhiill KAREN FELDMAN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYYellowtail snapper, a nightly special at Escargot 41, shines in a simple but elegant lemon butter and caper sauce.


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C35 diningCALENDAR Saturday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coconut Point mall: The Coconut Farmers Market takes places weekly through April, featuring produce and other goods; U.S. 41 adjacent to Panera Bread at the mall, Estero; 249-9480. Saturday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Third Street South: The weekly farmers market features fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and more; behind Tommy Bahamas; 434-6533. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 4-7 p.m., Whole Foods: The stores specialty department will offer samples of a host of goodies tailored to a great New Years Eve bash, including champagne, cheeses and more; 9101 Strada Place; 552-5100. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., Angelinas Ristorante: JUSTIN wines will pair with duck breast and pancettawrapped bison, among other dishes, during a special wine dinner; $110, 24041 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; 390-3187. Reservations required. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Chef Martin Murphy helps start the new year off with health recipes to enjoy all year long; $25, 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Friday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Its date night, a great time to gather a group of friends or that special someone for a threecourse dinner and wines to match; $90 per couple; 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Savor a multi-course dinner paired with just the right wines; $75; 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Submit event listings to 0 1 ni ta 3 84 0. i re d. l is tor FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Bohemian fare enhances ethnic diversity at Pavilion Shopping CenterAdd Czechoslovakian to the international flavors available at the Pavilion Shopping Center in Naples. The Bohemian Schnitzel House opened recently right next to the movie theaters, bringing its meaty cuisine to a mix that already includes Chinese, regional American and Persian. The little restaurant is informal and down-to-earth, with an array of tables indoors and still more out front beneath the covered walkway. One side of the restaurant is occupied by a large section of the kitchen. So far, theres nothing on the walls but paint, although I suspect that will change. The place has only been open for about a month, so its understandable that its still a work in progress. The straightforward menu caters to carnivores. Virtually every dish features some sort of meat with nary a morsel of seafood to be found. Theres no wine list, either, but when we said wed like chianti, our accommodating server produced a respectable bottle of Villa Torrigiani Chianti Superiore. We began with the goulash soup ($5.99) and something called a Russian egg ($5.99).The soup had a rich brownish-orange hue with big chunks of beef and the aroma of a hearty stew. The broth was richly flavored and the meat tender. The Russian egg turned out to be something like a salad. Hard-boiled egg was quartered and placed over a slice of ham, which covered a mound of well-seasoned potato salad studded with corn, peas and carrots. Pickle wedges added color and crunch. A small cup of mild horseradish sauce came on the side. My companion and I both liked the dish but thought it could have used a better name that would more clearly describe it (or at least a clearer description on the menu) and would work better if listed under the salads, rather than appetizers. Meat was, of course, the star of both entrees. The radegast schnitzel ($19.99) consisted of a large portion of pork loin covered in a potato breading that was fried until crisp and golden brown. The menu said it was accompanied by pears and cranberries, which I envisioned as fresh versions of both, considering they are in season. However, what came with the schnitzel was half of a canned pear, which was mealy and unappetizing, and a dollop of cranberry sauce. Otherwise, it was a good dish, completed by what tasted like homemade spaeztle and tangy red cabbage. Some lightly cooked chopped pears and cranberries would have added great flavor and balance. Our other entre, koprovka ($16.99), consisted of sliced beef topped with a creamy dill sauce. The meat was tender, and the mild sauce paired well with it. This dish came with spaetzle as well, but no cabbage. Given the light color of the sauce and the beige hue of the noodles, this plate sorely needed some pickles, red cabbage or both to add contrast in both color and flavor. A thick wedge of apple strudel ($7) ended the meal. This classic dessert was served warm with lots of whipped cream and a touch of chocolate sauce. The whipped cream was good, but the strudel crust was soggy and the apples had been finely chopped, making the filling mushy as well. Our server was friendly and accommodating, answering our questions and offering suggestions when asked. To his credit, he allowed us time to talk and enjoy our wine, making it clear that we should relax and not feel pressured to eat and run. However, because he was the only server on duty, he was juggling several tables at one point, there were nine occupied so he wasnt able to get back to us in a timely fashion when we were ready for him to take our order or bring us the check. Ill assume that because the restaurant is relatively new, the management is still refining its staffing. Still, given the proximity to the movie theaters, its reasonable to assume many diners are grabbing a meal prior to seeing a film and so should be able to expect to get in and out within 90 minutes. Bohemian Schnitzel House shows promise. Its still young and obviously working out some of the initial kinks. The majority of whats served here is fresh and well prepared. Some fine tuning should take care of the minor problems we encountered. There can never be too many locally owned, moderately priced establishments serving fresh, original food. Its heartening to see another one open its doors. When the mood for a hearty meal strikes, Bohemian Schnitzel House stands ready to fill the bill. karenFELDMAN KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLYGoulash soup is a classic Germanic dish, featuring beef in a savory broth. Bohemian Schnitzel House, Pavilion Shopping Center, 835 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 287-8048 >> Hours: Breakfast served 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; lunch served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner served 5-9 p.m. every day >> Reservations: No >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted. >> Price range: Appetizers, $5-$9; entrees, $13.99-$19.99 >> Beverages: Beer and wine served. >> Seating: Conventional tables indoors and on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant >> Specialties of the house: Goulash soup, sauerkraut soup, smoked salmon, Russian egg, Prague ham rolls, chicken paprikash, wiener schnitzel, radegast schnitzel, chicken schnitzel, koprovka >> Volume: Low to moderate >> Parking: Free lotRatings: Food: Service:Atmosphere: Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor If you go KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY A crisp radegast schnitzel came with chewy spaetzle and tangy sweet and sour red cabbage.KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY Whipped cream and chocolate sauce dress up this version of apple strudel. 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