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Party in paradise: City Fest hopes to draw new visitors, old friends into two weeks of Naples

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In this file photo, Caroline Kopers, center, with her friend Maria Rheinhard, left, are amazed by the intricate work done by Becca Mahoney, right, an instructor at Lorenzo Walker's Culinary Arts School, on a watermelon at Bayfront during the 26th Annual Taste of Collier in Naples on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

The weather is perfect. The mornings are cool. It’s just the right weekend for a trip to Naples.

The city of Naples hopes that introspection wafts through the Southeastern United States like a zephyr through cornstalks — and that it brings longing visitors to its paradise on the Gulf this month. To fan the breeze, they’ve developed City Fest, a showcase of the traditions that always characterize May in Naples, with anchoring events and some additional fun tweaks.

Taste of Collier, on May 2, is the first of the anchor events and the Dock Canoe Race on May 8 as its second. For the final day on May 15, however, the city is serving up a new one: a concert, dance and seafood barbecue with Pinchers Seafood at Tin City and the Dazzling Del Rays, a local brother band whose appearances are rare, but decidedly high-entertainment.

27th Annual Taste of Collier, noon to 4 p.m. May 2. In its 27th year, the annual Taste of Collier is 35 restaurants strong, and it has turned the tasting day into an all-around food event. For the second year, student chefs will show their prowess in fruit and vegetable carvings. There will be cooking demonstrations and the popular ice carvers will compete again for literally the coolest sculpture award.

“Of course, it’s all about the food,” said Ray Singer, event chairman, for the announcement of the event.

Event details
Place: Bayfront Plaza
Date: Sunday, May 02, 2010
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free - $5
Age Limit: All ages

GreatDock Canoe Race

Description

The race theme is, "Let the Games Begin!" 

# 09.00 am – 10.30 am Theme Canoe Registration 
# 10.00 am – 12.00 noon General Registration 
# 11.00 am Theme Canoe Parade 
# 11:15 am VIP Race Briefing 
# 11:45 am Start VIP Race 
# 12:15 pm Main Race Briefing 
# 12:30 pm "Ambitious Amateurs" position canoes 
# 12:45 pm Start "Ambitious Amateurs" race 
# 1:30 pm "Practically Professionals" position canoes 
# 1:45 pm Start "Practically Professionals" race 
# 2:45 pm Awards Ceremony 

Forms available at www.greatdockcanoerace.com.
Event details
Place: Naples City Dock
Date: Saturday, May 08, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Age Limit: All ages
Celebrate CityFest in Naples!

Pinchers Seafood at Tin City “We’re really excited about this. We’re planning to make it a lot of fun,” said Grant Phelan, owner of Pinchers, which will plans fresh fare — oysters, shrimp, fried group and french fries — at picnic tables under the covered parking area at Tin City.

The crowds should be hungry by then. They’ll have been through the 34th Great Dock Canoe Race, a Naples tradition that has been churning annually through city waters since 1976, when it was founded as an end-of-season celebration of the Dock Restaurant’s first year. The Race now draws thousands of spectators to watch corporate icons, the ambitious amateurs, and “practically professionals” compete. A parade of theme-decorated canoes and the entertainment of watching them try to stay afloat is also part of the fun.

The energetic have more chances to exercise: A Tropicool 5K Run sponsored by the Gulf Coast Runners is set for 5:30 a.m. at Third Street South and Broad Avenue May 2.

Its name hearkens back to the original Tropicool Festival, founded in the early 1990s, and from which this circuit of to-do occasions was developed.

“The idea was to extend tourism beyond the traditional Easter weekend, back then for Collier County,” recalled David Lykins, city director of community development. “In this case the idea is for people to think of Naples as a first choice destination of dining shopping, arts and other things.”

The impetus for CityFest has come from Naples City Council, and much of it is showcasing what is already happening here. Some of those include the City Tennis Tournament at Cambier Park, a 41-year institution, the currently running Naples Players’ “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Sugden Community Theatre and the Saturday morning farmers’ market behind the Third Street South shopping area.

But some local groups have been inspired to create their own events: one of the first is a “Derby Dash” party at 5 p.m. May 1 in Handsome Harry’s restaurant at 1205 Third St. S. The $30 presale tickets buy appetizers and Kentucky Derby-themed fare, a signature Derby drink and giveaways. There are games and, naturally, a hat competition.

In the Bayfront Walkabout area, a Segway demonstration May 5 will give the curious a chance to take the handles of the big-wheeled gizmos. Concerts, a Fifth Avenue block party and a raft of historical exhibitions from Naples Backyard History are also part of the City Fest.

Lykins added that these events are meant for locals as well as visitors: “Some of these are independent events going on that have been plugged in. Some were planned to generate traffic and some awareness of what we have, including among the people who live here.

“We want to get the awareness out there that are city shops, outlets, hotels retail places — a lot of great things that we have to offer.”

Here’s a schedule of events and contacts over the two-week period of City Fest, beginning May 1:
Saturday, May 1

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41 st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

City Fest’s 10th Street Design District’s Push Mower Race: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10th Street South (Central Avenue to 5th Avenue North). Contact: 263-9448

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Norris Community Center, Cambier Park. Contact: 213-3058

Derby Dash: Naples Junior Woman’s Club, 5 p.m., Handsome Harrys. Contact: 431-7180

Naples Backyard History: City of Naples Pioneering Matriarch Photo Exhibit, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Sunday, May 2

Gulf Coast Runners’ Tropicool 5k Run: 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., starting at Third Street South and Broad Avenue South and continuing through Old Naples. Contact: George Dondanville, 434-9786

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

27th annual Taste of Collier: 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: Ray Singer, 272-1907

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum Seminole Everglades Exhibit, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: (239) 594-2978

Naples Daily News Jazz Band: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free concert at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Contact: Corbin Wyant, 262-1361

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Monday, May 3

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

Naples Backyard History: Tribute to City of Naples Heritage Trail, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gallery One at 1301 3rd Street South. Contact: 263-0835

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Tuesday, May 4

Naples Backyard History: Coffee Chickee Chat at the City Dock with Bem Storter, founding family of Everglades City, and Johnny Morgan, founding family of Marco Island; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., City Dock/ Crayton Cove. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Wednesday, May 5

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Port-O-Call Marina open house: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Port-O-Call Marina. Contact: Jenny Foegen 649-2275

Naples Backyard History: to Local Artists, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront Inn Patio. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: on the Waterfront Tour, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tin City Mini Museum/Bayfront Mini Museum. Contact: Dr. Lois Bolin, 732-5554

Naples — Sunset Speakers Series: local authors, 6:45 p.m. departure, Tin City. Contact: Jesse Chesser, 263-4949

Bayfront Walkabout: demonstrations, 7 p.m., Bayfront/Extreme Rentals. Contact: Roger Baker, 263-8088

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Thursday, May 6

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum Seminole Everglades Exhibit, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

Thursdays on Third: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Third Street South Shopping District. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Backyard History: History Lecture Series with Art Ullman, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1170 3rd Street South. Contact: 775-3484

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Friday, May 7

Naples Backyard History: Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: City History Exhibit with Phil Fisher, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 810 12th Avenue South/Crayton Cove. Contact: (239) 403-8393

City Fest Block Party: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fifth Avenue South, music and food. Contact: 435-3742

Naples City Improv: 8 p.m., Norris Community Center/Cambier Park. Contact: Norris Community Center, 213-3058

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Saturday, May 8

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Bike Rodeo: Naples Pathways Coalition and Naples Police Department, 9 a.m. to noon, Fleischmann Park. Contact: Michelle Avola, 810-5949

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

34th annual Great Dock Canoe Race: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Crayton Cove/Naples Bay. Contact: Caroline Martino, 594-8875

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Norris Community Center. Contact: (239)213-3058

Naples Backyard History: History Month Trolley Tour, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Naples Transportation Tours, 1010 6th Avenue S. Contact: 262-7300

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Sunday, May 9

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Monday, May 10

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

Tuesday, May 11

Naples Backyard History: Coffee Chickee Chat at the City Dock with Bem Storter, founding family of Everglades City and Johnny Morgan, founding family of Marco Island, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m, City Dock/ Crayton Cove. Contact: Gina, 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Wednesday, May 12

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Tribute to Local Artist, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront Inn patio. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Wednesdays on the Waterfront Tour: 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tin City Mini Museum/Bayfront Mini Museum. Contact: Dr. Lois Bolin, 732-5554

Cruise Naples — Sunset Speakers Series: local authors, 6:45 p.m. departure, Tin City. Contact: Jesse Chesser, 263-4949

Bayfront Walkabout: Segeway demonstrations, 7 p.m., Bayfront/Extreme Rentals. Contact: Roger Baker, 263-8088

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Thursday, May 13

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Thursdays on Third: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Third Street South Shopping District. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: Art Ullman Aerial Historic Photo Lecture: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1170 3rd Street S. Contact: 594-2978

Evenings on Fifth: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fifth Avenue South Shopping District. Contact: Lisa Swirda, 435-3742

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Thursday May 14

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Lecture by John Stobart: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Naples Yacht Club. Contact: 594-2978

Welcome to My World: Local artist Natalie Guess, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 824 5th Avenue South. Contact: (239) 659-2787

Naples Backyard History: Historic District Lecture by Karin Peiffer, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1170 3rd Street S. Contact: 594-2978

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Saturday, May 15

Naples Backyard History: Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Waterfront Art Students Art History Tour, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Double Sunshine/ Tin City (registration required). Contact: Frank Russen, 649-8088

Naples Backyard History: Working Waterfront Exhibit,10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tin City. Contact: 594-2978

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum: noon to 6 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

City Fest Family Day: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cambier Park. Contact: Norris Community Center, 213-3058

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Norris Community Center. Contact: (239)213-3058

City Fest Concert/Dance/BBQ Nite: featuring the Dazzling Del Rays and 1950s and ‘60s music, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tin City, 1200 5th Avenue S. Contact: Dennis Hosier, 262-4200

"Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

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