Wilma in 2005 and Irma in 2017 –ladies we would all like to forget – but hopefully the ravages of Irma have been repaired and cleaned up. Unfortunately, as I write this I know that there are still residents of our County that are suffering from the loss of homes, belongings and some loved ones. As the memories of this horrendous storm grow dimmer let us not forget those that still need assistance in their recovery. Let us also hope that this, the last month of hurricane season, is a quiet one.
Some of our arts organizations had to alter their schedules due to the visit by Irma – but hopefully they will all be back to full schedules soon. We can begin the month with a lot of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy music and theater – November 5 is a very busy day for music with a lot to choose from. Cambier Park will be the site for the Gulf Coast Big Band’s opening concert of the season at 2 p.m. This Big Band is led by Dan Miller, one of the country’s outstanding trumpeters.
November 5 at 4 p.m. you can hear the beautiful sounds of the Youth Chorus of Artis-Naples, under the direction of Dr. James Cochran. This group will be performing at First Presbyterian Church, where their assistant conductor, Brice Gerlach, is the Director of Music. If you need a real “feel good” concert then this is the one for you. An interesting musical combination is on the venue at Trinity by-the-Cove as they open their Sunday afternoon concert series with a cello and guitar concert. Featured cellist is Kimberly Patterson with Patrick Sutton on guitar; they will be performing on November 5 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
If you missed the Gulf Coast Big Band on November 5 – or if you just need another dose of their music – you can hear them again at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs on November 8 at 7 p.m. The Naples Players, whose home is the Sugden Theatre, have a busy November. The first few performances of November will see the last few days of the production of She Kills Monsters –this production in Blackburn Hall transports you to the world of Dungeons & Dragons. This comedic romp into the world of role-playing games takes you on an exploration of discovery and adventure, appealing to the geek and warrior in you.
At the Tobye Studio at the Sugden Theatre you can enjoy Maple & Vine – a couple who gives up their 21st century lives
with all of the “gadgets” that go along with it an goes back in time to the 1950’s where they take up cigarettes and hold
Tupperware parties. One of the most heart-warming holiday productions is Miracle on 34th Street – and it will open on November 29 at the Sugden. The story of a single mom, Doris, who does not want her six-year old daughter’s head filled with romantic notions; keeps her away from the notions of Santa, etc. But her neighbor , in an effort to “woo” her takes Susan, her daughter, to visit Santa. Turns out this Santa might actually be Santa – and the twists and turns that this lead to become one of the most memorable holiday stories of all time. This play is good for the entire family and a great way to begin the Holiday Season.
Here is wishing all of you a most Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving – this year we in Florida have a lot to be thankful
for and a reason to be sure that our neighbors, who may not have been as lucky as we, can also find a reason to be thankful.