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Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour

Photo by Samantha Husted
At the top of the stairs we entered a bedroom and tried to capture images of orbs.

By Samantha Husted Last month I sat down with Gina Sisbarro, “Men of Rushmore and Their Wives” writer and director. Gina has been directing and acting for over fifteen years. Three years ago Gina, always one for the dramatics, created Marco Island’s first ever ghost tour. It’s been running successfully ever since. The Marco Murder and Mayhem tour stems from Gina’s love of history and the paranormal. The tour highlights the lesser-known and darker history of the island. Although Gina was pretty tightlipped about most of her stories, she did let me in on a few secrets. Gina took me ... Read More »

Lilac Girls

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Eliot This is the story of a little known chapter in the European theater of the Second World War, the “Ravensbruck Rabbits.” The story is told in first person via three main characters: Caroline Ferriday, wealthy American socialite; Kasia, young Polish woman; and Herta, a young German woman just starting her medical career. The chapters alternate among the three women. Caroline is a hardworking philanthropist, carrying on a long family tradition of working for social justice and taking charitable ... Read More »

Miller’s Valley

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “There is nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”  Willie Stargell I enjoyed this book. Mary Margaret Miller narrates her story which is centered around the state’s decision to permanently flood the farmland of Miller’s Valley. During the time since the government built a dam and redirected the river, the valley was flooding every few years anyway. Every flood would drive a few more families away, those who were not willing or not able to rebuild and wait for the next flood. Mary ... Read More »

The Assassin’s Honor

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BOOKREMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The Assassin’s Honor By Robert Macomber Pineapple Press, September 2015,  351 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “We of the sea come to know each other quickly; our loves, like our hates, are born of sudden danger.” – Lew Wallace, author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” and U.S. Civil War general. “The Assassin’s Honor” is the 12th installment of the Honor Series with Peter Wake as the protagonist. The story is set in the last decade of the 19th century and much of the action takes place at sea. Peter Wake ... Read More »

Black Cat Quartet to Perform

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Submitted The Black Cat Quartet will appear in a classical music concert at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on May 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $25, and seating is limited. The Black Cat Quartet members have performed with each other in a variety of ensembles for over 10 years. The program at the Center will include J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 and Four for Tango by Astor Piazzolla. The group is a string quartet. It chooses repertoire that pushes the ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson The good news is that “Eligible” is not one of the “Gone Girl” or “The Girl On The Train” wannabes that are pervasive these days. The other news is that while it is a satisfying read, it is not even a shadow of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic satire on the social mores of early 18th century England. P&P purists, be forewarned that you will find no subtlety and very little romance in “Eligible.” Sittenfeld’s satire is fairly in-your-face and quite humorous. Austen’s ... Read More »

Two to See at Marco Players

Karen Ezrine and Mitch Eil - “2 Across”.

Submitted Theater-goers will love the two current plays at Marco Island’s oldest non-profit theater, the Marco Players Theater. The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law  When Gerald’s (Greg Madera) mother-in-law finds out she hasn’t long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate “in the family.” But when they move down to Florida to wait out her death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald’s plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder. “The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law” is live on ... Read More »

Forty Martyrs

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Forty Martyrs  By Philip F. Deaver Burrow Press, March 29, 2016 – 231 pages Genre: Short story collection Collier County Library: No Deaver is a new-to-me author and a pleasant discovery. He is on the English faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His previous publications have received acclaim and awards. This collection of nine stories centers around the small town of Tuscola in east central Illinois. Most of the protagonists are linked in some way to the college as well as to the local Catholic parish, Forty Martyrs. But believe me, these are ... Read More »

Try Not To Breathe

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Try Not To Breathe By Holly Seddon Ballantine Books, February 2016 – 369 pages Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Anyone who enjoyed “The Girl On The Train” might like this book very much. I didn’t care for the Hawkins book, but I found this one intriguing. The protagonist, Alex Dale, is a self-destructive barely functional alcoholic with an enlarged liver whose life revolves around her wine consumption and urinary incontinence. When we meet her in 2010, she has drunk her way through college, marriage to police officer Matt, a miscarriage, and a steady job as a ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

Marco Players Theater Presents Beauty & the Beasts

John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy  McKerrow and Michael McAvoy will be performing in “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On February 20, 2016, Marco Players Theater will present “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” Performing some favorite Broadway show tunes that evening will be John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow and Michael McAvoy. Songs will include solos, duets and trios from shows such as, “Man of La Mancha,” “On the Town” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to name a few. John and Mary Anne have performed similar shows for the Players Club, the New York Athletic Club, and many other fine venues in New York and Naples. They are so excited to perform once again with ... Read More »

Musical Spoof Saga of Roaring Gulch Returns

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Submitted The box office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming production of “Saga of Roaring Gulch,” written by Jack L. Canon and sponsored by Clausen Properties. The Island Theater Company (ITC) is delighted to bring back this musical spoof of the old Wild West, originally performed to sold-out Marco audiences twenty years ago. The “Saga Of Roaring Gulch” will run over three four-day weekends in February, March and April. This 20th year anniversary of the world premiere performance is dedicated to the late Mr. Canon. ITC is honored and grateful to Mary ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Brings Opera to SW Florida Gala to feature Samuel Ramey and Michael Fabiano

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By Randall Kenneth Jones Steffanie Pearce’s true passion goes on display when discussing the joy of the human voice: “Opera expresses the human condition in a visceral, emotional way. It moves and inspires people.” And opera certainly inspired Pearce. In an attempt to bring the art form to a larger local audience, Pearce launched Gulfshore Opera in 2014. It’s not difficult to see why. Chat with Pearce about her love of opera and you hear it in her voice; you see it in her eyes. Yes, her heart sings. With Gulfshore Opera, Pearce immediately set out to reach as many ... Read More »

February Events at Rose Auditorium

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Submitted This month, the Marco Island Historical Society is bringing to Rose Auditorium first-class entertainment that islanders will not want to miss. February 8, 2 PM & 7 PM: Presidential Re-enactors, “Mr. President” For the past several years, Marco Island Historical Re-enactors, in cooperation with the Historical Society, has produced a series of remarkable productions, all centered on First Ladies of the United States. This year, the men trade places with the women and take on the roles of former Presidents of the United States in two showings of “Mr. President.” This year’s Presidential lineup includes two Founding Fathers of ... Read More »

The Last Anniversary

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Liane Moriarty Harper Collins 2006, 388 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Warning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. Your frequent spontaneous peals of laughter may startle them. “The Last Anniversary” is not a new book, but it is presently on the New York Times Bestsellers List. It was originally published in Australia in 2005. Apparently interest in it ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Matthew Parker Penguin Books 2015, 387 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “My contribution to the art of thriller-writing has been to attempt the total stimulation of the reader all the way through, even to his taste buds.” ~ Ian Fleming   The James Bond movie franchise is 53 years old yet it is the third highest grossing movie franchise in the world, right behind those whippersnappers “Harry Potter” and “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, wrote 14 Bond books plus a collection of short stories and “Chitty Chitty Bang ... Read More »

Marco Players Present Same Time, Next Year

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Submitted Same Time, Next Year a romantic comedy by Bernard Slade ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award. Directed by Richard Joyce, a 50-year theater veteran, Same Time, Next Year plays out the saucy romance and hilarious habits of two people who have an affair each year for 24 years while married to other people! Director Richard Joyce says, “What makes this show both entertaining and nostalgic, is that George and Doris are both married to someone else, and a one-night stand grows into a lifetime of one-night stands. Even though it’s “naughty,” you’ll enjoy watching their relationship ... Read More »

Lunch Box Series

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Submitted The Lunch Box Series is a wonderful lunchtime treat that includes lunch, a show and conversation with the cast after the show, all for $28 each! On January 9, 2016 “The Black Queen,” Catherine de Medici, will be performed by Janina Birtolo. “The Black Queen” tells the intriguing story of the Renaissance woman who never expected to be a queen, yet who went on to be the power behind the throne through the reigns of three of her sons. During her early years in her new country, Catherine was despised and discounted as “the Italian woman.” When she became Queen Regent, ... Read More »