Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Fun Time of Year

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Recently I attended the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner sponsored by the Collier County Republican Executive Committee, and the featured speaker was Chris Christie, the former Governor of New Jersey. Wow, what a speaker he was! He was very friendly and outgoing, throwing in a little humor along the way, spoke with no notes in front of him, never lost the beat, and held us all spellbound! It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a speaker that was that interesting, yet never rude or caustic but informative, giving us up-to-date information, and always courteous and respectful. Actually, the whole room was respectful and courteous as well. Thanks to Jan Face Glassman and her mighty team of helpers, the evening went off without a hitch. If all people were as respectful and friendly as he was, we’d never have political battles! It was refreshing to say the least.

  • In case you missed The Gala: Celebrate the Arts by the Sea, it too was a terrific evening, and held at the Island Country Club. I must say, the food there is always terrific! The music was great as well. This group of artists and their followers (that’s me), continue to support the arts within the community for all of us to enjoy. I hope many readers take a ride over there and look at all they have to offer. They are about to upgrade their facility, and this event has helped them to move forward.
  • Don’t forget the Murder Mystery Dinner on Sunday, March 3rd presented by the East Naples Kiwanis Club from 4 to 5 PM (happy hour) with the “suspects” circling around the room, and dinner starting around 5pm, unless a murder takes place! This annual event will take place at the Player’s Club in Lely Resort, and they hope to see many people enjoy the evening together. To RSVP, please call Lois Ferguson at 239-220-6701, and just a little clue: Wear green to the event!
  • This is such a fun time of year, with all sorts of festivities to choose from, and I’d like to tell you about a couple of them you might not have heard about. I love these events because you get to see all your friends and old friends and would-be friends in a happy location. Coming up is Hungarian American Dinner Dance at Long Shore Lakes Country Club, to be held on Saturday, March 9th at 6 PM. I bet you didn’t even know there was a Hungarian Club in the area! They have Hungarian music straight from Hungary provided by Kalman Magyar Group, and they serve chicken paprikash, pork schnitzel, spaetzle, salad, and for dessert, Dobos torta. If you are interested, call Frank Dobos at 239-597-2345.
  • Also, another event much closer to home, but on the very same night is: The Sons & Daughters of Erin to be held at San Marco Parish Hall, with Irish food (you know what to expect now, don’t you?), lots of music and dancing; and you know these Irish…lots and lots of FUN! This is their Annual Shamrock Dinner & Dance featuring Moose & Mary Jo O’Regan with their wonderful songs, and the Irish dancers from the Flanagan-O’Hare School of Irish Dance. Of course, corned beef and cabbage will be the meal of the evening, prepared by Kretch’s, and a cash bar will be available. For more information call 239-394-5181 or 239-404-6733.
  • Here’s a little quiz: If you live near a cement weir, have you seen those little soft-looking pink things that look like silly putty; pink, puffy, soft long worms stuck on the side of the weir? I could not imagine what they were, so I asked our pollution control people at Collier County, and those things are called “apple snails.” I’d never heard of them, and quite frankly have never seen them before this year.
  • Recently I attended a Grand Opening of the Islamic Center of Naples. The Muslim community of Naples was inviting everyone to join the grand opening of their first mosque. This was a first for me, so I thought I’d mention it.
  • Each year Marco Island has its very own St. Paddy’s Day Parade, and although it’s always crowded and full of fun and festivities, it’s much easier to attend than others. People from all around this area go to see it. This year it will be held on Sunday March 3rd starting at 1 PM. Usually lots of people are having tailgate parties, lots of laughter, lots of costumes, and people from all over enjoying the event together.
  • Did you know there are sugar cane farms in Florida, and they are huge? I wasn’t aware of them until the last few years. I guess I thought the sugar cane grew in Hawaii or something, but lots of them are right here in Clewiston! Yes, they are blamed for the green algae seen in the area waterways. Shortly I will be taking a tour of a sugar cane farm, so I’ll let you know about it once I know more myself.
  • On Saturday, March 9th, there will be a real…and authentic…Cattle Drive in Immokalee! They had one last year held right in the streets of Immokalee, and it was wildly successful, so they will be offering an even better one this year. There will be lots of other cattle festivities that go along with a drive like this, so if you are curious, you must go see it with your own eyes. You’ll want to set aside the whole day to enjoy all there is to see and do.
  • Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Sunday, March 10th. This event will be one of the largest events they will hold all year, and you know Stan’s…they always have a good crowd! This will even be better! Steve and Trish will be there working their heads off while enjoying all of their friends from this entire area. This will be special. You’ll be glad you went! Stan was a really great guy, and ever so patriotic…and a good friend to all! They play the most beautiful version of the “Star Spangled Banner” I’ve ever heard at the beginning of each and every Sunday, and this will be no exception. The food there is great too. I’ll see you there!  

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