It’s a new day, but it’s cold anyway. I don’t remember a January this cold for this long of a period of time. I know quite a few people who just love it, but I have to keep my heat on and wear jackets! It’s too cold for this Florida girl. The good thing is, I’m getting a lot of things done, between COVID-19 and cold weather, you fall back on stuff you’ve wanted to do at home, and start picking away at it.
I’ve noticed we are starting this New Year with some hope in our hearts! With the vaccinations beginning to be distributed, people are looking at it as a light of hope. Some things are beginning to come to life, yet always safely. They know you have to continue until everyone has been vaccinated or has already gotten Convalescent Plasma. I’ve only heard of one person so far that had a reaction, and it wasn’t bad. She’s just fine now.
*This past weekend the Governor was scheduled to arrive in Collier for a short time, but sadly for the Republican Club of South Collier County (the old Caxambas Republican Club) there was disappointment; because of security they had to cancel close to the last minute. Senator Kathleen Passidomo also was part of the presenters that had to be cancelled because of security. About 100 people were quite sad, but took it on the chin. We met in the new JW Marriott, and that was a treat! I’ve wanted to see it anyway, and had heard about how opulent it was, and they weren’t exaggerating at all! The service was outstanding!
*Speaking of The Republican Club of South Collier County; their next event will be held on Friday, Feb. 19th from 5:30 to 8:30 at Dolphin Point on Isles of Capri (85 W. Pelican St.) and our favorite Band, Ben Allen Band, will be entertaining us. Admission is $40. Bring your own lawn chair, beverages, and dinner. Sit outside in the cool air and enjoy a post-Valentine’s Day picnic! To purchase your ticket for $40, go to republicanclub2020.ticketleap.com/. We know you’ll have a terrific time! If you’ve never heard Ben and his band (although I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t in these parts) you’ll be glad you came!
*Last week I attended the Retirement Party for Larry Ray, the Property Tax Collector. His staff all says the same thing: he was fun to work with, and a really nice guy. Larry & I worked at NCH together back in the 90’s so I knew his work and was so happy he came to the County. His department always seemed to work like clock work with a SMILE on their faces. I hope you had a chance to work with him or even spend a little time with him. It seems right now people are leaving or retiring at a good clip. I guess that happens faster than we want them to.
*I worked for the Marco Island Marriott for a short time near the end of the 1980’s and they gave me a membership to The Marco Island Kiwanis Club (a club I’d never heard of before 1989), a nice gift to say thanks as I left to work at NCH in downtown Naples. I’ve been a member ever since, but I liked what they stood for so much, I also became a member of the East Naples Kiwanis Club, which was close to where I lived. So, I’ve had a dual membership ever since. Well, my Marco Kiwanis Club is about to present their FAMOUS Car show again this year. Who would have ever thought, at that time, that it would be so popular! Thanks to John DeRosa for always leading us to the winner’s circle, along with John Coff and his sidekick Arlene and all the rest of the troops, like the cooks including Bryan Hauser and his cookin’ staff, which includes Rondi. Again, I just can’t begin to name all the many people who make this event such a success; you only see the beginning of the list. Just come to the NCH Parking Lot on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day), at 10AM and see for yourself what a great show this is, from new gorgeous top of the line exotic cars to those beauties that were built many years ago and pampered by their owners who are always ready to show them around. You won’t want to miss the show, and the food and the prizes, and the booths that are ready to sell you “stuff,” and the music! And it’s all outside, where we still ask you to wear masks if you will (of course not while you are eating those wonderful hot dogs and hamburgers). There is also a lot more to enjoy, so just stop by. It ends around 2pm, so you’ll want to get there early, right after church, but without eating until you get to the show.
*And Shirlee and I went to Tony Smith’s new restaurant: Smith House in Olde Marco Village. We’ve been there twice already. He and his wife and family all work so hard. It feels like you are dropping into their home to have dinner with them. I looked around at all his gorgeous artwork, done by the master, Tony Smith, himself! The second night we went, 40 people in one party came in with reservations! I couldn’t believe how many came! I’m sure they enjoyed their evening (just a tip – make advance reservations if you can). While I was driving out there I got a call on my cell phone: Donna? Did you just drive by my house? said Jennifer Edwards. Yup, it was me. (Boy, you can’t hide out any place!)
*Last, but certainly not on the bottom of the list: Shirlee and I try to go to Old Marco Pub for their 2 Lobster Tails dinner at least once a month, if not twice. Now that’s REALLY GOOD LOBSTER. They have friendly staff and great food. Hope to see you there, or at one of these places I just mentioned! I’ll be back next week for more “stuff”. If you happen to wonder: no one offers us a dinner nor do we ask for a discount. That’s just not my style. To me, it’s almost like a bribe, and that’s not something I’d ever do, but then again, most of you know that.
*I’ll begin to write a little more about things on the other side of the bridge soon, as well. Those people should know about Marco and Marco should know what the East Naples community has to offer. We can work in Harmony, right?