Newsletter August 28 - September 3, 20111


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The BIG house: 32,000-square-foot home

The home, owned by Neil Whitesell, is poised to become Collier County’s largest home when it is finished. The Daily News reported last year that the successful corporate CEO was building the home there.

The largest completed home in Collier County now belongs to Sandra Gerry and is at 3400 Gordon Drive, according to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s Office. It is more than 30,000 square feet with 16,772 square feet of living space.

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Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

Thursday, September 1st 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday September 2nd & 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shop 'til you drop. Join us to take advantage of exceptional savings on top-quality merchandise from Village merchants.

Kicking off the three-day event at Village Nights is One Good Day on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. The four-piece band performs a wide variety of classic and alternative rock along with funk and dance.

Popular mother and daughter duo It Takes Two will energize the crowd with their diverse renditions of rock, country, jazz and more. On Friday, from 1-4 p.m., Amy Bright, an accomplished songstress performs smooth jazz to traditional jazz tunes. The Cloud Nine Duo with high-energy vocalist, Chloe, entertains with a hip mix of classic and contemporary hits.

The fun continues on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. with Juliette Pennington Trio singing R&B and dance hit classics. Or, sway to the cool island sounds of Keith Atkins who covers Bob Marley and others.

First Fridays Move to Thursdays Starting September 1st!

The Mercato introduces the Mercato Nights Music Series starting Thursday, September 1, 2011.

The music series replaces the monthly First Friday celebration and will take place on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

This Thursday, the Mercato is pleased to present the Wholetones, a modern bluegrass quartet whose fusion of bluegrass, folk and jazz creates their truly original sound.

The Wholetones have taken the stage with their banjo, standup bass and distinctive vocals at venues and music festivals throughout Florida, including the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville, the famous Green Parrot in Key West and Naples’ own Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival.

Your Perfect Day Here?

Sanibel Island is the destination of choice for this Fort Myers resident, especially Tarpon Bay Beach and Bowman’s Beach. For some, a day at a luxury spa is pure perfect indulgence. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, another beloved Southwest Florida spot. they would climb aboard a swamp buggy for a tour.

"We’ve got the best of all worlds," "We’ve got the beaches and the weather, we’ve got the cultural arts and we’ve got the dining. thing" A stroll on the beach and a swim in the Gulf of Mexico would follow, and may pause here and there to collect a few seashells..

You could start with soul-stirring sunshine and end with magical moonlight. Then, you could add sandy shores and a River of Grass. And no one’s even whispered a word yet about cultural pursuits, dining or shopping.. "I just think a lot of Florida days are perfect,"

Best Place to Get Your Feet Wet

They say you fall in love with Florida when you get sand in your shoes. But once you’ve dipped your digits into the cool, clean waters at the Fakahatchee Strand State Park as part of their swamp walk and experienced this seldom-seen side of the Sunshine State, we think you’ll be asking, "What beach?"

Fakahatchee Strand State Park


Seaside Dining, One of the perks of living in Southwest Florida is that the area is a boater’s paradise.

Naples is know for its fine waterfront dining and its breath taking sunsets. We have compiled a list of all of Naples and surrounding areas restaurants that are located either on the Venetian Bay, Naples Bay or directly on the Gulf of Mexico in wonderful southwest Florida.

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This Week

1 Bring the passion of dance to your Tuesday night with salsa dance classes. For one hour starting at 8:15 p.m. the White Dragon Martial Arts Center, 10265 U.S. 41 N. in Naples, transforms into a Latin dance studio. The class costs $20, a small price to bring spice and rhythm to your life (601-4376)..

2 Take a break from the kitchen this week and indulge at The Real Seafood Co. in Naples. Monday offers you a final chance to indulge in the Grand Combo, a beautiful marriage of seafood and steak served on one plate. Tuesday launches LobsterFest, aka lobster lovers’ heaven, with more than a pound of sweet Maine lobster in every order. Each dining deal costs less than $20 (591-3223,

3 The latest exhibition in the Olympic Art Gallery at Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery in Fort Myers is 21, on display through Oct. 30. The exhibition showcases the physical and artistic accomplishments of 21 Olympian Artists, including Peggy Fleming, Shane Gould and Al Oerter (332-5055,


See the Everglades through Clyde Butcher’s eyes during his annual Labor Day swamp tours.

1The human form has intrigued master artists for centuries. See local artists’ take on it at the Portraits and Figures exhibit at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs this Friday. Works abound in different mediums and styles run the gamut from abstract to realism. Artists will be on hand to chat and partake in hors d’oeuvres and wine at the opening reception from 6–8 p.m. (495-8989,

2Don your waders and boots, douse yourself in bug spray and head out to Cypress Gallery for Clyde Butcher’s Annual Labor Day Weekend Swamp Walks. Guides will help you explore Butcher’s backyard Saturday through Monday for $50; kids under 18 are free with a paid adult. Don’t forget a change of clothes and a picnic lunch (695-2428,

3The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre celebrates the genius of George and Ira Gershwin this week with the introduction of ‘S Wonderful. This all-singing, all-dancing musical revue features timeless classics such as "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "I Got Rhythm." The musical takes the stage Thursday and runs to Oct. 1 (278-4422,

4Dedicate yourself to a weekend of poker and fishing all in the name of helping Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. McFlat’s Invitational hosts a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Friday night and a snook and redfish angling competition on Saturday. Both events are at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral (822-2728,

5Help Daniela’s Restaurant in Naples celebrate two years of delicious dining tonight. Not only does the restaurant provide fare from three European countries, but it’s running a summer special offering dinner for two and a bottle of wine for $29.99 through Oct. 31. Take advantage of it (514-4414,

Next Week

Think cycling and burritos are a beautiful combination? Naples Velo cycling community has planned the perfect holiday ride for you. Spend Monday morning with fellow cyclists on the Moe’s Labor Day Fun Ride, a 40-mile ride that starts at 7:30 a.m. to benefit a youth cycling program. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. at 1016 Immokalee Road in Naples and costs $20, which includes a free victory burrito from Moe’s Southwest Grill (860-1627,

If you’re a fan of paddling the blue waters of Southwest Florida head to Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., in Cape Coral to check out a Calusa Blueway Interactive Exhibit. The exhibit features loads of equipment used by paddlers and Blueway enthusiasts and prize-winning photographs. Afterwards, head out to the Great Calusa Blueway to get some practice paddling in before the festival in November (533-4700,

There is nothing quite like creating something with your bare hands. The Parks and Rec of Cape Coral offer locals, 12 years and older, the chance to build a wren birdhouse at Rotary Park’s Environmental Center. The Bird House Workshop begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. and goes to noon. The design, materials and instructions are all supplied. Cost for the class is $35 for Cape residents and $53 for all other builders (549-4606).

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