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Pirates to Invade Marco Island Museum

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains. Swords will clash. Treasure will be found, and the Jolly Roger will fly high once again on Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of the Second Annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Marauders and scalawags will be on hand for pirate-themed arts and ... Read More »

High Notes in Marco’s Art Center

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts, as part of its “Up Close and Personal” intimate events, invites the public to spend an evening with Opera Naples Southwest Florida’s professional opera company next month on Feb. 1. The evening will begin with cocktails and a light supper at 5:30 PM and the performance at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $40 per person; please RSVP and arrive early as seating is limited. Four talented soloists from Opera Naples’s Young Artist Program — Adam Barta (baritone), Justin Berkowitz (tenor), Katie Dixon (soprano), and Rocky Sellers (bass-baritone) — will perform selections from upcoming ... Read More »

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Final Reunion

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Fannie Flagg Random House, 369 pages When we meet Sarah Jane “Sookie” Poole, she is a 59-year-old Alabama housewife who has just married off the last of her daughters and is exhausted from her mother-of-the-bride duties. She and her husband, Earle Poole, Jr., a dentist, have had the financial and emotional exhaustion of four weddings, plus the financial stress of Sookie’s mother’s extravagance. Octogenarian Lenore Simmons Krackenberry has a penchant for watching late night TV and ordering unneeded items and/or phoning people who need her help, such as the Pope, Barbara Bush and Queen ... Read More »

Top 10 For 2013

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com It is the end of another year already, and the inevitable “lists” are popping up everywhere. Here is my own Top 10 list for this final 2013 edition of “Book Remarks.” The parentheses after the author’s name include the date of the edition of Coastal Breeze News referencing that article. (http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/category/entertainment/book-remarks/) 10. Six Years by Harlan Coben (6/18/13) Six Years is truly worthy of the term “thriller.” It was not only fun to read, but the intelligent dialogue and winding plot kept my mind engaged throughout. The ending was not at all what I expected, but ... Read More »

Marco Movies celebrates 20 years

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Movies celebrated its 20th anniversary on Dec. 13 with a very special event. Owners Nick Campo and Bill McMullan featured both new and classic movies, but one of the showings stood out. During the four-day event, Marco Movies showed “Schindler’s List.” The Academy Awarding film also turned 20 years old this month. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, “Schindler’s List” tells the story of Oskar Schindler, the man credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. In honor of the two 20th anniversaries, Campo and McMullan are donating the proceeds from ... Read More »

The Death of Santini

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Pat Conroy 352 pages, Nan A. Talese publisher Sold by Random House “Time passing has a soothing, ameliorative effect, and memory softens as its tides flow out to sea. And to the amazement of all his children, Dad was turning into a man of decency and self-control.” I wanted to read The Death of Santini because it was touted as a journey to forgiveness between a father and son. Every major world religion values forgiveness, and it seemed an appropriate read for the Christmas edition, covering father-son relationships, family, love and forgiveness. Also, Conroy ... Read More »

Murder, mayhem and mystery! Oh my!

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Meet Martha Horror (aka Gina Sisbarro). She wants to take you on a tour through Marco Island’s history, but it is not the history of sunshine, sand and shells. Her’s is a “ghost tour” through the unsolved murders and mysteries of Marco’s last 150 years. “I love history,” says Sisbarro, decked out in her full Martha Horror costume. “Marco Island is loaded with history and mystery.” In addition to the new Marco Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour, Sisbarro also works for Marco Office Supply and directs productions at The Marco Players Theater. She will host ... Read More »

The Rosie Project

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By Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster 305 pages Don Tillman is a 30-something professor of genetics at a Melbourne university who has decided it is time to get married. He has never had a second date in his life, and most of his first dates have ended prematurely.   Professor Tillman has Aspergers syndrome and lives his life with strict adherence to routine; rationality and time management. TV fans should think of Sheldon Lee Cooper (Big Bang Theory) or Martin Ellingham (Doc Martin on PBS) to grasp the depth of Don’s social ineptness. Owing to his cerebral approach to all life’s ... Read More »

Holiday Events at Mackle

Submitted Santa’s Workshop: Enter the world of the North Pole with Santa’s Workshop, Marco Island style. We’ll be decorating gingerbread houses, creating Christmas tree ornaments, and making holiday crafts for everyone to enjoy. You will also receive a goodie bag of fun treats and prizes to take home with you. Don’t miss this opportunity to get creative and enjoy the wonders of Santa’s Workshop! Date is Saturday, December 7th for grades K through 5th from 9am-12pm at Mackle Park. Cost is $20/child. Pre-registration is required. 239-642-0575. Teen Center Holiday Shopping Spree: Come shopping with Parks and Recreation to the Gulfcoast ... Read More »

Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival

By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs Join us on December 7, 2013, from 10 AM to 4:00 PM at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival. The welcome center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141, three miles east of State Road 29 on U. S. 41, the Tamiami Trail. This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through a variety of storytellers, musicians, local experts, ... Read More »

What Happens In Vegas…

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you suspend your disbelief, sit back and relax and you just might enjoy “Last Vegas.” It’s virtually mindless frothy comedy with a predictable script, saved only by the acting of four old pros and a decent director. Yes, there are some reminders of the vicissitudes of aging that draw some guffaws from the geezers, but no deep message. The unlikely quartet of Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) grew up as buddies in Brooklyn. Here’s where disbelief must be shed immediately. No such mixed group ... Read More »

Naples: Paradise Can Be Deadly

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Diane Ketcham Tidelow Press 2013, 302 pages In Naples: Paradise Can Be Deadly we find that it can also be romantic, wicked, petty, fashionable and wryly humorous. This book is an absolute delight to read. Those of us who live locally will find a certain heightened satisfaction in the familiar locales, but knowing the Naples area is not at all necessary. Ms. Ketcham rivets the reader with multiple story threads interspersed with twists, as well as a loop or two, infusing humor in all the right places. The resolution is credible, leaving no loose ... Read More »

Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show

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Submitted Some of you may already have heard about the new “Brushes & Paint” art show coming to Marco Island this season sponsored by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. Well, the first official Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show arrives at the Historical Museum on 180 S. Heathwood Drive on Friday, November 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This new show is for those who love original paintings created by our local artists. Some of the artists include Carolyn Burger, Gerry Brynjulson, Inez Hudson, Pat Perotti, Karen Swanker, Joan Scherer, Barbara McCormack, Tara O’Neill and Laura Wright. The ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Library

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Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist will exhibit for two months. November and December 2013 will feature a collection of original oils by award winning artist Tara O’Neill. Her artwork is for sale with a percentage of the sale to benefit the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Much of O’Neill’s art is inspired by Goodland, the historic fishing village off the southeast tip of Marco. “Goodland is a jewel on this coast; a community ... Read More »

Combining the Arts

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By Karen Swanker Combining theater and art, The Marco Players Theater Gallery will be featuring the watercolors of Marco Island artist Judith Chinski. Her work will be featured during the run of “Absalom,” the first play of the season. Judy’s artwork will be available for immediate purchase directly from the theater gallery. “I think of painting as a journey. As I travel to places real or imagined, I strive to record the beauty of the things I see around me. I am drawn to light and shadow, but more so I am visually stimulated by color. My subject matter is ... Read More »

Fun & Funky Teapots

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Submitted Fun and Funky Teapots take center stage in the main galleries of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The juried exhibit, which runs through the 21st of November, attracted a number of highly imaginative two-dimensional entries, in all media, as well as clay submissions that bring new meaning to the song “I’m a little teapot.” “Who would imagine that something so utilitarian could be so whimsical and so very special,” quips Rosemary Wick, President of the Center’s Board of Directors. The Center for the Arts, located at 1010 Winterberry, is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 ... Read More »

Someone

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Alice McDermott Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2013 288 pages If you have time to read only one novel during the upcoming end-of-the-year hectic holiday season, I urge you to consider Someone by Alice McDermott. She is back after a 7-year absence. For those of you who unfamiliar with Alice McDermott, she won the National Book Award for Charming Billy in 1998 and has been thrice nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Five of her six previous novels have been nominated for national awards. I do not write this because I am bedazzled by ... Read More »

Piracy and Heroism

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net “Captain Phillips” starts quietly enough. Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) leave their Vermont home one morning. The Captain is off to Oman where he will take charge of a freighter, the Maersk Alabama, destination Kenya. The ship carries various goods, including relief supplies for those suffering in Africa. Phillips is a by-the-book, firm New Englander, and he is aware of the threat of piracy as the ship must go past the Horn of Africa where Somali pirates abound. Two small powerboats chase the Alabama, but must turn back. One ... Read More »

Go ahead and Blame it on Beckett

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Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s production of Blame It On Beckett sponsored by Centennial Bank. What really goes on behind the scenes in a major regional new England non-profit theater? Blame It On Beckett, is the clever, witty, comedy by John Morogiello, that gives a peek into all of the drama found backstage. A wonderful comedy with heart and a message, Blame It On Beckett asks the question: how far are we willing to sacrifice our soul to get ahead? And once we do it, was it worth ... Read More »

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers Crown Archetype, 343 pages The first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was observed in October 1986, and now it is a global event. Promise Me is the story of Susan Goodman, her younger sister Nancy, and how their sisterly devotion brought that about. Three-year-old Susan welcomed home baby sister Nancy Goodman in 1946 with an intense looking-over and accepted her with, “Well, she’s quite a character,” announcement to their parents. The sisters lived in Peoria, Illinois, an area I know very well as I was born (a little after ... Read More »