The newest Collier County museum has opened at the Naples Depot, this one focusing on transportation. It features trains (naturally), canoes from the past, a swamp buggy from the early days, cars, and airlines. The private ribbon cutting and grand opening was attended by many local dignitaries and officials including the City Manager of Marco Island, Jim Riviere and his wife, and many of our own Marco Island historians such as Jon & Sonja Laidig (the benefactors of the Marco Island Museum), Kris Helland, Alan & Linda Sandlin, Helmut & Hildegard Nickel, to name only a few. I was so proud to see so MANY people from the Marco Island Historical Society in attendance at the invitation-only private grand opening. Many people were dressed either in Scottish dress, or period clothing. A good night was had by all (albeit cold outside for the introductory speeches).
*The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 held their 44th Annual Change of Watch at Hideaway Beach last week. What a wonderful evening! John DeFalco was installed as Flotilla Commander, and Arne Kelsey as Vice Flotilla Commander. Doug (with his lovely Marie) Johnson was the Master of Ceremonies, with the Lely High School JROTC presenting the Colors. Wonderful Mary (with her sweet husband Rowland) Werres welcomed people and made sure everything ran smoothly. Walter Jaskiewicz (and his lovely Barbara), the Commodore-D7 USCGA, helped Jeffrey Kerner deliver the Oath of Office to the new Commander and Vice Commander. The tablemates to the right of me were Frank & Eleanor Caricato, whom I enjoyed immensely, and to the left was Doug & Marie Johnson, who make every event delightful. Mike Harris, the Immediate Past Flotilla Commander delivered a very nice recap of his year in office. An award went to John DeFalco for his tremendous help throughout this past year.
May I say the food at Hideaway was exceptional! The steaks were cooked perfectly, the little potatoes cut and roasted to look like mushrooms were outstanding, and the triple desert was so delicious that I can’t put it into words. A good time was had by all!
*The Marco Island Kiwanis Club, one of the finest Kiwanis Clubs in the district, is planning their annual Car Show for February 13th at the Marco Island Healthcare Center from 10am to 3pm. This event is always very well attended, and the cars come from far and wide to display. It has become a MUST for people to attend. And while you’re at it, think about attending one of the Kiwanis meetings held each Thursday at 7:30am at O’Donoghue’s Bar & Grill at the corner of Collier Blvd. & Bald Eagle Dr. The meetings are always fun and lively, the people friendly, and you will feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door. Once you stop in, you’ll want to come back every week.