Moorings Park Grande Lake, the new Life Plan Community being developed by Moorings Park and London Bay Homes, is approaching its initial sales goal, that when reached, will spark the start of construction of the first
residential buildings in Phase 1.

Regularly scheduled informational luncheons at the community’s sales gallery, located on Premier Drive, on the south side of Golden Gate Parkway, between Airport-Pulling and Livingston roads, and just inside the entrance to Naples Grande Golf Club, are being credited in-part for the increasing interest and steady sales pace. In anticipation of the start of construction, crews are currently onsite preparing the construction entrance and installing other needed infrastructure.

Situated on 55 acres in the heart of Naples, Moorings Park Grande Lake will combine one-of-a-kind vistas of magnificent lakes and championship golf with luxurious mid-rise residences, spacious penthouses and exceptional healthcare. Prices start at $1.4 million, with 70 percent refundable entrance fees. “Future residents will be attracted to its natural beauty, classic design and total commitment to enabling them to live longer, healthier and happier lives,” stated Daniel Lavender, CEO of Moorings Park Institute, Inc.

“For nearly three decades, the brand promise of “private label living” has reflected our commitment to building and developing the finest luxury homes in Southwest Florida,” said Mark Wilson, president of London Bay Homes. “It’s an honor for us to now extend our philosophy of choice in design to the area’s newest community.”
Consistent with other Moorings Park campuses, Moorings Park Grande Lake will Moorings Park Grande Lake
nears sales goals for construction start include common areas that promote social interaction that will allow and encourage residents to choose from indoor and outdoor activities year-round.

A few of the planned outdoor activities and amenities include a yoga pavilion, walking paths, lakeside parklettes, with boardwalks, gardens, fire pits and overlooks, as well as several bird-watching posts. The areas for social gatherings were designed so family members and friends of our residents can join in various activities, which could include events such as outdoor concerts.

The clubhouse, as planned, will feature casual and fine dining venues, a private dining room, art studio, wellness center, state-of-the-art fitness center, strength and cardio area, salon and spa, and a resort style pool with poolside cabanas. Also located in the clubhouse will be the Center for Healthy Living. The center is home to rehabilitation services, as well as the Care 360 concierge healthcare program, developed in partnership with NCH Healthcare System.

Should the need arise, Moorings Park Grande Lake provides its residents world-class assisted living and memory care in existing centers of excellence, at no additional cost. “As you can tell, this is going to be a
spectacular community,” raves Lavender. “Please visit us and learn more about London Bay Homes’ luxurious design and Moorings Park’s commitment to Simply the Best® qualities, services and amenities.”

The Moorings Park Grande Lake Sales Gallery is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturdays and Sundays. For additional information visit

Unsung Heroes

Beth Brainard
Ex Director of NPC

Several weeks ago, while riding my bike around town, I happened city staffers were wrapping up work on some handicapped only parking places. All four stood back with grins like Cheshire cats, admiring their work as several of us looked on, fascinated. They had created a bright blue parking spot clearly identified for special use only.

At that moment it suddenly occurred to me that these roadway markings do not just happen by magic. It also became apparent to me that these helpful road signs that we often take for granted require careful consideration, design, planning and application with the utmost attention to detail. It’s a passion. After this realization, I met with David Rivera of the City Streets and Traffic Division, and Alison Bickett, the City Traffic Engineer in the Streets and Storm Water Department.

I learned that prior to completing a road marking project there is quite a painstaking process. This process usually begins with the assessment of needs, often initiated with information from residents and various community organizations. Then there are visits by the staff to the location to evaluate and prioritize the project. The staff takes into consideration citywide needs to be sure of equal distribution of improvements.
Upon determination of project concept, measurements onsite are made, drawings are created, and the design is developed within the specifications of the Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices guidelines, which are updated annually and incorporated into state standards.

At this point, the final design is established, supplies are ordered, and a project date is set. Once new asphalt has been applied [usually after removal of the old surface] an outline of the design is spray painted on the surface until the new asphalt has cured. After curing, the crew of unsung heroes go to work:
Courtney Conway, Richard Clark, Harold Fernandez and David Rivera carefully and painstakingly apply thermoplastic markings and emblems. This material lasts much longer than the painted road markings. When possible, these projects are undertaken during the off season summer months. Obviously, this is hard work during the hot season, but it is more convenient for residents.

This is the general process used for all of our roadway markings: center lines, automobile lanes, turning lanes,
cross walks and bike lanes. The markings contribute to our safety and ease of travel. Our unsung heroes take
pride in their work and I think the next time we pass a work in progress we should simply say “Thank You!”

Beth Brainard is the executive director of Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC), a nonprofit organization that works to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County. For more information or to join, visit the NPC web site at or contact Beth directly at

Health and Fitness working on our CORE

by Paula Allia

Over the past many years, the plank is an exercise that is frequently done to work on the core. Strengthening the core is key to a healthy back and helps to provide you with a healthy strong group of muscles that act as a stable platform. If this core is not strong and stable, excess strain can occur not only in the spine, but in other joints and muscles throughout the body.  Functional movements work best when each area involved plays their role of mobility, flexibility and stability efficiently. The core is key!

Some core muscles are situated isometrically for your muscles to coordinate and hold a position correctly. For example, the transverse abdominis fires when going to lift something with the arms provided there is a healthy movement pattern. If injured, sometimes the firing of this muscle is absent or delayed and work needs to be done to reignite this activation. Only after you master the proper isometric hold should you then add other movements to make those muscles work, some isometrically and some with a more advanced dynamic ability.


The plank is an exercise that can be used to start to coordinate efforts for proper firing after that basic activation has been worked on. In this plank, neuromuscular re-education can get the muscles to fire more naturally so that one does not have to cognitively think about it. There are so many variations of the plank. The key to picking what is good for you is dependent upon the  strength that you exhibit. Three main areas to focus on in regard to positioning are the abdominal/low back, shoulders/scapulae and the neck.

First, when you get up into a plank position of any kind, try and keep your head and neck in alignment with the trunk. Do lift the head where the eyes are facing forward. Keep the head in alignment with the trunk. A short backward bend position of the head utilizes the motion of the top two vertebra and associated muscles as well as the sternocleidomastoid. This muscle is often one of the most over utilized muscles in the neck. It often overpowers all of the small deep neck flexors which  can over time create muscular Imbalances and eventually lead to neck dysfunction.


Secondly, whether the exercise is performed on the elbows or hands, the shoulder complex needs to be engaged properly in conjunction with the neck and spine. If the shoulder blade (scapula) muscles fail to hold properly, excess pressure on the shoulder joints may occur. The scapulae should remain tight up against the trunk with no major winging or tipping. These problems signify problems.

It is often asked, which area fails first, the shoulder complex or the spine? In the plank position it is pertinent to avoid both excessive arch in the low back and pressure in the shoulders. This includes getting up into the position. Holding a pelvic tilt under-engages the abdominal musculature, first in a shortening way then in an isometric hold. More importantly, it is about drawing in your abdominal region igniting the transverse abdominis and not so much the rectus abdomens. This isometric hold is the key. If the back arches in the position then the exercise can no longer be held in position and the exercise should be aborted.

In addition, arching the back here can lead to back pain. If proper position in the plank cannot be held when performed on a mat or the floor then the exercise needs to be made easier so that proper form can be mastered. A beginning plank can be used which would be with the knees down on the mat. This shortens the lever and
lightens the load on the spine. If the knee down position cannot be done correctly then an alternative position should be used. The floor position requires that you can hold the plank against gravity. Many cannot hold this
position properly.

Planking on an incline with the arms on a table should be considered. Being on your elbows versus up on the hands is a lower posture for your shoulder complex to master. If this still does not allow proper form, leaning against the wall can be tried. Then as the muscles get stronger the positioned can progress down toward the floor so that more gravity affects are present. Exercise smart! Progress exercises properly only after mastering one level as to try and prevent injury. Sweat the details because paper stabilization when in a controlled environment preps the body’s muscles for functional movements and activities.
Here’s to your health!

Fitness Together
335 14th Ave South
Naples, FL 34102

Gala Fundraiser was a blowout success raising $750,000

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premiere professional regional theatre, recently celebrated its 8th annual gala, Bubbles, Baubles and Broadway, with a star-studded evening that raised more than $750,000 for artistic excellence.

Entertainment led by Broadway actress Kate Shindle opened the gala with the show-stopping number “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” A sea of crystals, lights and glitter décor, inspired by the Light the  Lights theme, greeted the crowd of nearly 300 guests, who gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the exterior design plans for Gulfshore Playhouse’s new Theatre and Education Center.

The black-tie gala also featured musical entertainment by Kissy Simmons of the Tony Award-winning “Lion King” on Broadway, accompanied by music director Matt Aument, who also served as musical director of last season’s Gulfshore Playhouse production of “My Fair Lady.” Acclaimed New York designer Jimmy Lawlor created a custom lighting design for the gala. The evening continued with exciting top bids for experiential auction lots, several receiving multiple winning bids. A behind-the-scenes meet-and-greet for adults and children with the cast from the recent Broadway debut of “Frozen” resulted in a bidding war settled by two bidders offering to pay the top bidding amount for the package.

The bidders pledged $19,000 each for the package. Two top winning bids at $40,000 each were also garnered for an exclusive package for two to the brand-new London production of “Hamilton.” Additional auction lots included a Hollywood experience on the set of “KidzBop,” and a walk-on role in the 2018-19 Gulfshore
Playhouse production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

To commemorate Gulfshore Playhouse’s unveiling of its new theatre plans, William Boyajian of Port Royal Jewelers created a one-of a-kind custom ring dubbed Eye to the Future that was auctioned off for $20,000. Capping off the live auction was a funda-need paddle raise resulting in $388,000 for Gulfshore Playhouse.

A portion of the funds raised from the gala will directly benefit the annual Fund for Artistic Excellence that allows Gulfshore Playhouse to employ the nation’s most sought-after actors, directors and designers, and enables the theatre to commission new works, create unique educational opportunities and continue producing world-class productions.

The finale was a presentation by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, lead designer for the world renowned
architectural firm selected to design the new theatre. H3, a design studio within Arquitectonica, specializing in theatres and arts and culture buildings, has designed some of the most prominent theatres in the country, including the Claire Tow Theatre and Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Theatre for a New Audience in New York, and the renovation of Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Fort-Brescia presented the new renderings for the state-of-the art theatre, situated on a three-acre parcel at the corner of 1st Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road that will extend the core of downtown east of 5th Avenue South. Facing Goodlette-Frank Road, the new theatre will be an expressive sculptural design inspired by the white sand and golden sunsets of the Gulf Coast. The theatre has also been designed to connect with Naples’ downtown landscape featuring gardens with walking paths, lush terraces and contemplative spaces.

The stunning design of the theatre showcases a vibrant, animated lobby that includes 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling glass windows framing views out to the surrounding streetscape. Patrons arriving at the playhouse will enter an energetic and airy lobby space, with multiple levels and overlooks designed to encourage people watching. The lobby will also serve as a welcoming and engaging space for audience members, visitors, students and families, and feature a café/bar and lounge areas to relax and enjoy.

The sense of anticipation carries into the theatre itself. Plans for the complex include a 400-seat mainstage proscenium theatre with sloped stadium seating, side boxes and a striking arched proscenium to be used for large-cast musicals, classics, world premiere comedies and dramas presented in an intimate setting. The mainstage will be the size of a traditional Broadway stage and will be used for productions transferring to a Broadway theatre, when appropriate. The space will also provide audiences with better comfort, superior sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics.

“This new space is authentic, innovative and unlike any architecture we have in Southwest Florida. It will truly be a dynamic destination location, a beautiful addition to Goodlette-Frank Road, and a golden jewel in the cultural crown that Naples wears,” said founder and producing artistic director Kristen Coury. “This new space will also allow us to expand our community engagement and education programming and bring to life larger
world-class productions created just for Southwest Florida audiences.”

A separate 125-seat studio theatre will provide a home for Theatre for young  Audiences, cabarets, jazz performances and edgier fare, as well as public rental space for meetings, convening and other performances. A large rehearsal room, with an indoor-outdoor emphasis, will double as public spaces that can be used for special events, weddings and galas.

An education wing will provide additional spaces for students, including rehearsal rooms, classrooms, performance spaces and a student lounge for studying and rehearsing lines. The Theatre and Education Center will support the expansion of Gulfshore Playhouse Education with programs focused on pre-professional training in acting and musical theatre, as well as expand its in- and after-school education programs and provide opportunities for family engagement and life-long learning.

“What is unique about this theatre is that there’s an education component. Not all theatres have the ability to do that. Often, they don’t fit, like a New York theatre wedged between other buildings, but here, we included an educational wing that also serves a community purpose,” said Fort-Brescia. Gulfshore Playhouse expects to triple its capacity in the new theatre and education campus, resulting in more than $10 million annually being contributed to the local economy by visitors and residents with the potential to shop, dine and stay at local businesses and hoteliers, according to national averages.

The new Theatre and Education Center is part of Gulfshore Playhouse’s Next Stage Capital Campaign, which  includes funding for the building costs, endowment, and a building transition fund. A portion of the funds already raised were used to purchase the land in November of 2017. Quiet phase fundraising is currently underway. Project assistance is being provided to Gulfshore Playhouse by Pizzuti Solutions and financing is in place with BMO/Harris Bank.

Gulfshore Playhouse is committed to enriching and strengthening the cultural fabric of the region by producing professional Theatre  productions of a national standard that celebrates the diversity of local audiences, draws people together to discover a new understanding of oneself, and gives back in a spirit of outreach and service.

For more information about Gulfshore Playhouse or contributing to the Next Stage Capital Campaign, visit or call 239.261.PLAY (7529)

Baby Basics an anchor in the storm

By laurel Meny

Baby Basics is so much more than an organization. For some, it is a family. It is a safe space that can help in life’s most trying times. And, for others, it’s simply a god send. For the past 14 years, this little organization has had a big influence working behind the scenes to ensure that every baby in Collier County and Bonita Springs – no matter their socioeconomic background – has a clean diaper to wear.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a Baby Basics of Collier County event or watch as a family is given a package of diapers for their baby, you are missing compassion in action – right here in our community. In a sea of nonprofits, Baby Basics stands out because of its simple mission: provide diapers and kindness to babies of working families. All of its proceeds go toward that mission.

After having to go on medical leave while pregnant with her sixth child, a girl named Winter, Naples resident Lara Love, felt helpless. She was jobless and in a home that was too expensive, but not large enough to house her beautiful, growing family. And, to top it off, she – and thousands of others in Southwest Florida – were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Her oldest son, Bruce, serves our country aboard the Navy’s newest nuclear aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. Her eldest daughter, Sabrina, attends college in San Diego, Calif. Her 12-year-old daughter, Oasis, is a gifted student who is enrolled in the Cambridge Program at Gulf View Middle School. Jack, her 10-year-old son, is an exceptional student who received several awards just this year, including the Mayor’s Do the Right Thing award for saving his little sister’s life. That little sister, Ema,  nearly drowned in the community’s pond last year in a matter of minutes, but was saved by her brother. She is now three-years-old and thriving.

After enrolling in Baby Basics, Love said, “I literally was at a point where I had no idea how I was going to pay for my children’s education, clothing, back-to school  supplies and yearly exams. To make matters worse, we were struck by Hurricane Irma. Baby Basics helped me immensely! The volunteers were so kind and  compassionate and demonstrated commitment to help in their loving, giving ways. I’m forever grateful for Baby Basics. Thank you is not enough.” Since its inception, the organization has given just shy of seven million diapers to babies in its program. But, that doesn’t count the more than 400,000 diapers that Baby Basics was able to request, receive and give to help our community’s most vulnerable during Hurricane Irma.

So, how does the organization purchase all of the diapers needed to provide for these families? Through
donations and hosting several fundraising events per year, including a walking/5K challenge, an annual
fashion show, a champagne brunch, and several give-back opportunities, Baby Basics maintains a steady stream of contributions. So, join Baby Basics for a run in the park, for brunch, or just to donate a few dollars – and help provide a basic necessity for a sweet baby.

For more information about Baby Basics, please visit


If you’re a regular reader, you’ve come to understand Naples Zoo’s conservation reach from our backyard to Brazil and from Madagascar to Malaysia. As director of conservation, I highlight these field programs to inspire hope for saving animals in nature. But that is far less than half our story. The animal care expertise represented by the biologists, zoologists and veterinary staff at our nationally accredited zoo enable us to contribute to truly crucial conservation efforts right here in Naples.

The latest of these efforts you can see here is embodied in our two new mountain bongo. Largest of the forest antelope, these colorful creatures can weigh up to 880 lbs. Unfortunately, their large size has not offered them protection. In addition to loss of their forest homes, they were hunted out over a century ago in Uganda and only about 100 of these beautiful antelope remain in Kenya highlands – and these  survivors are divided into four isolated populations where they are still being illegally snared for their meat.

But while wild populations were declining, accredited zoos had been carefully breeding mountain bongo. And in 2004, accredited zoos returned 18 bongos to the Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy in Africa. These bongo live and breed with limited human interaction. I was grateful to see them passing by in the forest and took these images on my last visit to Kenya. Better yet, the genetics of the remaining populations in nature and those in human care have enough diversity that they can supplement each other to assist in their long-term survival. Today, there are more than 70 bongos awaiting reintroduction to the nearby hills at the proper time.

The ability to prevent a potential extinction like this is only possible because of the forethought and breeding successes of the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. And the efforts are ongoing. Using custom computer programs, the SSP coordinator selected our two bongos based on
their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century. Our pair arrived this spring from two different accredited zoos in Texas to contribute to the future of their species.

In addition to the bongos, you will also be able to see another critically endangered species living with them – slender-horned gazelles. Found in the sparsely vegetated deserts of northern Africa, only a few hundred of these small gazelles remain outside zoos. A few years ago, Naples Zoo began supporting their survival by welcoming a bachelor herd. In the wild, one male will live with multiple females while groups of males will live together like ours. One by one, our males were selected for breeding elsewhere.

Recently, the SSP selected a female for the one remaining male we have, who will join him this summer in hopes of saving this rare desert gazelle. A sulcata tortoise will also be joining the herd. This desert tortoise is a northern African neighbor of the gazelles. Full grown, this tortoise can weigh between 100 to 200 pounds, but we’ve got years before ours will reach those weights. And a pair of black  crowned  cranes will also be seen walking among their four footed friends. No stranger to antelope, these wise birds often walk among herds to catch the insects disturbed by the larger animals.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™ lists both the tortoise and cranes as vulnerable to extinction in the wild. Efforts to focus the zoo’s resources to care for critically endangered species like these are spearheaded by Liz Harmon, Naples Zoo’s director of animal programs. Using the knowledge gained during three decades in accredited zoos and experiences across the planet, Harmon is strategically developing the advantages offered by our zoo and subtropical climate to assist species in need.

Likewise, she has built a committed team of animal care professionals to accomplish this, including our first full-time zoo veterinarian. With the leadership of President & CEO Jack Mulvena, Naples Zoo is breaking ground on the Glass Animal Hospital to provide enhanced care for these precious animals. And in our
connected world, that’s needed good news for both the animals you see at the zoo and those who can benefit in the forests a world away. 

by Tim L. Tetzlaff Naples Zoo Director of Conservation


Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) held their 11th annual Boogie Bash fundraiser March 23 at Grey Oaks Country Club. The Boogie through the Decades-themed fundraiser had more than 250 backers in attendance and raised more than $415,000 to benefit FFCF’s one-on-one educational mentoring programs for local foster children.

The Fund-a-Future fundraising portion of the evening brought in $215,000 to fund the FFCF mentoring program for foster children who are  failing  academically. This amount was double what was raised in the previous year. “This was our biggest event ever,” said Jane Billings, executive director of FFCF. “We were so humbled by the outpouring of generosity from everyone in attendance and our remarkable sponsors.

There seemed to be an abundance of magic and passion in the air. Our local foster children will benefit immensely.” Party-goers enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a surf and turf dinner, a live
auction, and dancing to music by Society Hill, presented by Forman Productions. Edee Deluca and Rio DeArmond were this year’s event chairs, celebrity emcees were Pzazz Productions’ PJ Fuerstman-Meyer and local chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire.

Auctioneer Scott Robertson encouraged bidders to give until it felt good. Once the auction started, the crowd had the opportunity to bid on incredible live auction items including luxurious trips, golf experiences and wine tours. Making the evening possible were hand-jive sponsors: Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, HBK CPAs & Consultants, NEST Multi-Facility Managemen, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schroeder; Moonwalk sponsors including American Eagle Mortgage/Lauren Maxwell, First Florida Integrity Bank, Home-Tech, Naples Auto Donation Center, and The Woodruff Institute; and the media sponsor, Naples Daily News.

The FFCF mission is to focus on the children they serve by providing targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential. The charitable organization works to fulfill the unmet needs of every child who enters, or is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties.

For more information about Friends of Foster Children of Forever (FFCF) or how to help, visit or call 239.262.1808.

OH! That Opal life – in the facet lane by Diana Jarrett


Are you an opal aficionada (try saying that quickly) like I am? This ancient gemstone has transfixed collectors for centuries. Opal has been discovered in early jewelry and provides us with an insight into its long and beloved history. For the ancient Romans, this hypnotic gem symbolized love and hope. So, they are acknowledged as having named it “opalus” or precious stone.

Enigmatic opal is the stuff of legends and romantic tales. Famed stage actress Sarah Bernhardt wore opals all her life and owned several art nouveau opal jewelry pieces designed by 19th century artist René Lalique. The gem then achieved widespread popularity when Britain’s Queen Victoria fell for the Australian opal variety.

Today Australia remains the most popular source for this lively gemstone. But it is found in various parts of the world, including the US. Lately, Ethiopian opal has penetrated the market and is finding popularity with collectors of the colorful jewel. Fortunate October babies claim this treasure as their birthstone.

One variety you may not have heard of is Brazilian crystal opal. It is celebrated for its semi-transparency, giving it a rather see-through body color, and that’s something true collectors adore. The stone produces lovely pastel colors with abundant fire. However, the material is not available in great quantities, because there are no large-scale mining efforts producing Brazilian crystal opal. So, collectors who are fortunate enough to find top-quality pieces have a rare jewel indeed.

Because of its semi-transparent characteristics, some fine Brazilian crystal opal is also given a carved treatment to enhance its unique traits. Are you getting a yen to see what a spectacular Brazilian crystal opal actually looks like? You don’t have to look far. Florida based Wallace Goldsmithing has built a stellar reputation by creating
original jewelry for discerning clients. The craftsmanship paired to quality jewels makes Wallace jewelry and objects d’art collectible at the highest level.

Judy Wallace created her 43.0 carat Brazilian crystal opal turtle enhancer boasting sapphires and diamonds from Wallace Goldsmithing’s Natural Wonder Collection. The carved opal shell of the turtle makes the wearer like feel this golden sea creature is actually immersed in the turquoise waters that it calls home. It’s a true homage to marine life at its finest.

Diana Jarrett

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Spring and Summer Naples Style

Claudia Polzin
Consultant to Nonprofits

The other day on the news I heard a newscaster say, “Hurricane season is right around the corner and could be as dangerous as the 2017 season.” My brain asks, “Really? You have to start that now when we still have roofs covered with tarps and people without homes?” So before we head into the official beginning of hurricane season in June, let’s enjoy May in Naples.

As we noted in the April edition, the festival Stay in May, unique to Naples, began in April and will continue through May 12. We will bring the arts to you. During the past six years, the festival organizers have looked at what the audience wants in this time frame and have planned a festival to meet those entertainment desires.

May 1 – enjoy a Moroccan Evening at Sur La Table with artist Cynthia Adams. You will assist in the preparation of the traditional Moroccan meal, while Cynthia paints and talks to you about her adventures in Morocco. The following evening be sure to explore the Art Alive adventure in the Naples art district, with 60-plus galleries located off Shirley Street in North Naples. Visit many of them, enjoy some great dessert treats and register to win tickets to festival events.

One of the interesting things organizers of the festival discovered was that there is a great love of jazz in the year round audience, so a great array of jazz is available to you all at very reasonable ticket prices. Explore their website and find all of the great jazz offerings.

May 4 at the South Regional Branch of the Collier County Library system is “Jazz from New Orleans to New York.” What a great trip with jazz greats Dan Miller, Lew Del Gatto and others. The jazz stylings across our country have evolved and are very different. On this evening, you will get to explore many of them in a friendly setting.

Enjoy a real treat for jazz audiences May 7 when jazz trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, makes a stop in Naples to perform at the North Naples Church on Goodlette. He is an entertainer and musician you don’t want to miss.
If you have never traveled to the Marco Island Historical Society, this is a good year you for making the trip due to lighter traffic. The Rose Auditorium is a great room to enjoy big band music and see the extraordinary Malenda Trick paint a wonderful art deco work that someone will be able to purchase to benefit the Historical Society.

Two of the last events are fast becoming festival goer favorites. The Organ Crawl on May 10 with host Michael Barone (APM Pipedreams) exploring three of the largest pipe organs in our community: First Presbyterian Church, Moorings Presbyterian and Vanderbilt Presbyterian.

The final evening of the festival is at the Naples Zoo, featuring One Night in Memphis, the famous Golden Quartet. Enjoy the 1950s all over again – on December 4, 1956 four of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – met for one impromptu jam session in Memphis.

Prepare to enjoy all of the wonderful art galleries in Naples during June and July; this is a great time to explore the variety of galleries in our region. Beginning at the north end of Naples with the Naples Art District, moving down to Fifth Avenue and Third Street, exploring the Naples Art Association, then moving over to Marco Island and the Marco Island Art Association, now that spring is over and summer is upon us, it is the ideal time to enjoy the art Naples has to offer.