Well, we made it to 2021. We may be a little battered and bruised, but no matter how you look at it, we’re here! Now what will this next year hold for us? Of course, your guess is as good as mine. Who would have EVER guessed we would have had a year like that last one? I don’t even think a genius could have guessed it.
*Something good is coming up! You probably all remember that Ben Allen, our hometown boy, (even though he now lives in Estero) was a talented guy right from the start. Then he applied for and received an invitation to appear on “The Voice”! As far as I know, we were ALL watching with support and enthusiasm as he sang. You could see that Blake Shelton was really impressed with him when he jumped out of his seat and showed his enthusiasm. It was thrilling just watching Ben! I believe most of us were there with him every step of the way. No, he didn’t take away the grand prize, but he sure grabbed our hearts and our support. And NOW the Ben Allen Band will appear right here at Dolphin Point on the Isles of Capri, 85 W. Pelican St. on Friday, February 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, and dinner. Buy your $45.00 tickets at republicanclub2020.ticketleap.com. We’ll call it a Valentines Day Picnic! Hope to see you there! I’m sure the tickets will go quickly, so buy your tickets when you get this newspaper!
*Almost daily I travel to Marco Island for some reason or another, so in my travels recently, I noticed a tiny little deli on Collier Blvd. just north of Aldi’s. I’m always curious about things like that, but it takes me a while to decide if I want to divert my trip to investigate, but I finally did last week. You could almost miss it if you aren’t looking for it. The name is Frankie’s Authentic Italian Deli, 6654 Collier Blvd., Unit 106. My friend Nancy and I pulled in, and although it was a little challenging to figure out how to get into the front door, we made it. They had wonderful sandwiches and lots of Italian everything! The portions were generous, and they had limoncello cake! Oh yum, it was delicious! Well, so was the carrot cake! Stop by and try the cute little place yourself. No, it’s not open for breakfast. Phone: 239-304-9033. It’s fun to try new places. We liked it.
*When was the last time you ate at Alice Sweetwater’s Bar & Grille on Airport Rd.? It’s a little place that has been there for over 30 years! The manager, Mary Beth, has been there over 30 years herself. They have wonderful pork tenderloin sandwiches (just really to die for!), great fish and chips, terrific hamburgers, wonderful shrimp, tasty chicken fingers that are NOT dried out and full of thick breading, but wonderful and tasty. You know, after all these years, their food is just as good as it has always been, and the bartenders are like bartenders from the past; they know their customers and really take care of them and everyone! I go there frequently, and I’ve never been disappointed. You’ll find a lot of government employees go there for a quick lunch and keep coming back for more. The food is SO good! I’ll see you there! Great food and great service!
*I want to tell you about a couple I hang around with from Bayshore. Nicest people you’d ever want to meet. Young people who decided when they married that they wanted the mom to stay home with the kids, and the dad would support the family. The house they live in is nothing like you see on Marco, but it’s THEIRS. The father is a welder! I didn’t even know welders lived down here but this fella, James, has 4 different welding techniques and is proud of his excellent work! It’s like this sweet couple stepped out of the 50’s and are living as the people years back used to. Dad earns the living while mom (Kris) keeps the home fires burning. Their 16-year-old son is a son everyone would be proud to have! Dad and son go fishing together and they work together after dad finishes his day. Dad even teaches the son about welding, hoping some day in the future the son might follow in his footsteps and own his own shop. But they are encouraging their son to go to college to make sure he has a great education. Doesn’t it sound like “days gone by” when life was simpler, and families ate together and prayed together? I asked what makes their family unit so special, and Kris said we never argue, we never say anything hurtful to each other, and we go to church together. I’m so proud to know them! By the way, there is another similar family a few blocks away who also devote themselves to their family, but that’s for another day. And I’m sure there are many more families just like that! These are just two of them.
*While telling you about people on Bayshore, I must tell you of an airplane mechanic who also lives on Bayshore. I used to work with him in the 70’s at PBA (Provincetown-Boston Airline). PBA was the airline here in town and owned by the Van Arsdale family. Our facility was in a Quonset hut before building a terminal. I worked with PBA for 13 years and loved every minute of it! I still run into ex-PBA employees regularly, and many still live right in the area. You wonder why I want to protect those people? We were like family.