Newsletter March 18 - 24, 2012

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36th Annual Collier County Fair March 15th-25th

misc_Roller_Coaster,jpgThe 36th annual Collier County Fair brings eleven days of carnival rides, food, entertaining shows and livestock exhibits to the fairgrounds. The fun starts March 15th-25th at the Collier County Fairgrounds. For the last twenty four years the fair has been held at the Collier County Fairgrounds located ten miles east of I75 & Exit 111 off Immokalee Rd. The 36th annual Collier County Fair brings eleven days of carnival rides, food, entertaining shows and livestock exhibits to the fairgrounds. The fun starts March 15th-25th at the Collier County Fairgrounds. For the last twenty four years the fair has been held at the Collier County Fairgrounds located ten miles east of I75 & Exit 111 off Immokalee Rd.

This year’s event celebrates the grand opening on Thursday March 15th with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00pm for the community. Guests will enjoy over twenty entertaining shows daily on three stages including the terrifying high dive show, pig races, hypnotist, and the World Famous Welde Bears. Tickets can be purchased online at www.colliercountyfair.com adults $10 and kids $5.

If you would like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Chance Singletary, please call 239-455-144 or email marketing@colliercountyfair.com

Naples: Clam Pass Beach -where you can ride the tide - literally

I live five minutes from Fort Lauderdale beach, but I think Clam Pass Park is so special I have driven across the state for a day at this Gulf coast beach.

NAPLES — I live five minutes from Fort Lauderdale beach, but I think Clam Pass Park is so special I have driven across the state for a day at this Gulf coast beach.

The Gulf coast of Florida has some spectacular beaches, but this one is not widely known. Clam Pass Park is a Collier County park, hidden away off Tamiami Trail where only the locals and visitors to the posh Naples Grande Beach Resort know about it. We discovered the Clam Pass Park on a weekend getaway when we stayed at the resort on a summer rate sale.

I love how you reach the beach — it feels like the start of an adventure. You can walk or take a free tram from the parking lot down a three-quarters-mile long boardwalk through a mangrove forest.

From the shady mangrove tunnel, you emerge on a sunny day to a beach with sand that is blindingly white and water impossibly turquoise. But that’s not the only thing we love about Clam Pass Park.

On the other side of the pass, the beach stretches on for miles, lined with seagrape trees and foliage. Visitors thin out after a short distance, so if you dream of having a beach to yourself, this is for you.

For the young and the young at heart, ride the gentle rapids (currents). "Shoot the shallows as a neapolitan may say. A strong tide can produce currents 3 + Knots. For you land lovers, that's 4 - 5 mph. A nice ride!

My friends, that is a excellence way to spend a summer's day or for that matter any day. But there's more...

Because this is the beach for the Naples Grande Beach Resort, regular folks benefit from exceptional amenities intended for hotel guests. There’s a little cafe with sandwiches and drinks. A concession stand rents chairs, umbrellas, Hobie cats and more.

Parking at Clam Pass Park is $8, and there are 175 spaces that can fill up.

Clam Pass beach, where you can ride the tide


Planet Predator Lecture
Planet Predator LectureExplore Nature's Carnivorous Side: Discover the important role predators play in nature while viewing live animals from exotic cats to more unusual hunters. Explore Nature's Carnivorous Side: Discover the important role predators play in nature while viewing live animals from exotic cats to more unusual hunters.

Your hosts further illustrate with quick wildife clips and close up views on the live cam while live animals exhibit natural behaviors.

The Safari Canyon open-air theater combines the fascinating information and wildlife footage of a nature program with the thrill of experiencing those same animals live and up close.

Exclusive to Naples Zoo, Planet Predator is an extraordinary collaboration of conservationists and wildlife film makers.

Arrive a few minutes early to learn wildlife trivia, recent conservation data, and fun nature facts.

Place: Naples Zoo at Caribbean GardensWhen:

  • Sundays at 3 p.m.
  • Mondays at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 3 p.m.
  • Fridays at 3 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Ongoing until: IndefinitelyCost: $10.50 - $18.75Age Limit: All ages

 Celebrated entertainer Cliff Erickson will be making special appearances at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s Sunset Beach Bar & Grill the evenings of March 21-23 and March 26-28, 2012. Admission is free  Celebrated Entertainer Cliff Erickson To Perform At The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s Sunset Beach Bar & Grill March 21-23 & 26-28. Celebrated entertainer Cliff Erickson will be making special appearances at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s Sunset Beach Bar & Grill the evenings of March 21-23 and March 26-28, 2012.

Admission is free to hear the talented singer/acoustic guitarist. He will perform popular tunes as well as some original music utilizing his signature 12-string acoustic guitar and his soothing voice. Each performance will be from 6-9 p.m.

For more information or directions, call The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club at (239) 261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com


Naples Concert Band Performance with Trumpet Prodigy

Gallante performed with the Naples Concert Band last year and is back for an encore performance. The Naples Concert Band (NCB), under the direction of Harris Lanzel, will conduct two concerts with special guest performer and trumpet prodigy, Geoffrey Gallante, on Saturday, March 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Lely High School auditorium and Sunday, March 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Gallante performed with the Naples Concert Band last year and is back for an encore performance.

Gallante began trumpet at the tender age of four. Now just barely 11 years old, his credits already include The Washington Post, BBC Radio, CBS’s ‘The Early Show’, NBC’s ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (playing with the ‘Tonight Show Band’), and NBC’s ‘Today Show’ where he joined Columbia Records recording artist Chris Botti in a marvelous duet of ‘America the Beautiful’.

Place: Cambier ParkDate: Sunday, March 25, 2012Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Age Limit: All ages Naples Concert Band

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Accessible only by boat, Casa de Sol y Vida is a 5-acre estate on the private barrier island of Keewaydin, between Naples and Marco Island.

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Accessible only by boat, Casa de Sol y Vida is a 5-acre estate on the private barrier island of Keewaydin, between Naples and Marco Island.

Encompassing 6,000 square feet, the main residence has five bedrooms, a living/dining room combination and full-service kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Inside and out, there’s plenty of space for entertaining family and friends. Take in the panoramic views while relaxing on the wrap-around deck, or escape to the ultimate privacy of the second-floor master suite.

Three60 Market opening soon in Tipsy Seagull’s old waterside spot              Three60 Market open now at Tipsy Seagull’s old waterside spot Three60 Market is now open at 2891 Bay­shore Drive, Naples. The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week offering mostly food-related items for shoppers to eat-in or take­out. Have coffee and a sticky bun at the market and take home something special for lunch or dinner. Information: 239-774-3038.

Need assistance? Collier 211 is on the wayCollier 211 is an Information and Referral Service available to all residents and visitors in Collier County by dialing 211 or 263-4211.BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY

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  • Ballpark frank: Day at JetBlue to watch Red Sox can be costlyBallpark frank: Day at JetBlue to watch Red Sox can be costly Once considered a relatively inexpensive outing, Major League baseball — even in its exhibition form — is now major bucks. FORT MYERS — Once considered a relatively inexpensive outing, Major League baseball — even in its exhibition form — is now major bucks. "We've spent $220 and haven't gotten in the stadium yet," That’s four tickets at $12.50 apiece, $9 for parking, and $170 for four Boston caps and three team shirts.

    And that’s 2012 Professional Baseball style.

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