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features 58 Boats Against the Current NI’s fashion-forward tribute to Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic rendition of The Great Gatsby. Photography by Gian Andrea di Stefano

66 Having a Ball Entertaining maven Shirlene Elkins and local chef Brian Roland joined forces to create a dinner for the unforgettable Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest of 2013. By Dorothea Hunter Sönne

74 Written in the Stars Relive key moments from the stellar Naples Winter Wine Festival through a photographic essay. By Dorothea Hunter Sönne

78 A Season to Remember Take a thrilling trip down memory lane with 50-plus pictures showing the exciting events that happened in town during the past 12 months. 86 Lights! Camera! Fashion! Naples is a model city when it comes to chic looks on and off the runway. Enjoy some of the year’s many high-style highlights.

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20 From the Publisher 22 Editor’s Letter 26 Social Observer

56 High Road Lexus LS 460 F Sport

31 Q&A Country and rock star Darius Rucker


36 Cameos Dr. David Watson, Jackie Traina, Jason Stoneburner

STYLE 39 Trends Stylish picnic picks


AGENDA 113 Culture Night tours at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary 114 Calendar Daytime TV stars at TheatreZone lead this month’s highlights 122 Social Observer


44 Treasure Enviable emeralds

128 Demolishing Addiction Rey Pezeshkan

47 Dish Masa’s Mexican version ​ of calamari


105 Swing Time The City of Naples Tennis Championships; getting organized; plus the latest on living well

42 Vanity A Dopp kit for dapper gents



53 First Class Insider’s Greece


34 Insider What’s here and happening: ArtsNaples World Festival celebrates Hispanic culture; Claiborne Swanson Frank’s portraits; a visit from Steve Martin



48 Local Flavor Dining notes 50 Spirits Hitting the whiskey trails


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STAR WARS AND US oing viral is an experience many hope for but few attain. Count us among those few. Just a couple of years ago, I didn’t even know what that meant. Recently, however, one of our contributing writers, Jennifer Pfaff, was talking with actress/author Carrie Fisher in a fairly routine celebrity interview when Carrie’s simple answer to one of Jenn’s questions about Disney’s upcoming Star Wars movies sent shock waves around the world. “Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?” Jenn asked. The actress simply said, “Yes.” Within a few hours of posting the interview online, tens of thousands of websites around the world were quoting our sister magazine and linking to its website for readers to access the entire interview. Carrie’s publicist quickly tried to walk the story back, saying no announcement had been authorized (but not disputing its truth). Then, George Lucas confirmed the report less than a day later, acknowledging that Disney knew Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill had signed for another sequel before Disney forked over billions for Lucas’ company. By that time, the number of websites carrying our original story had grown to more than 100,000. Newspapers, magazines and broadcasters across the country and around the globe reported our story. The Associated Press, Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post, Diane Sawyer, and even—to our staff’s amusement— quoted the story and linked to the website, as did more than 169,900 lesser-known websites. What’s it all mean? We’re not exactly sure. It’s fun to break a story. It’s nice to get worldwide attention. Our website advertisers that week certainly received visibility. Star Wars’ fans received the news they wanted. We probably sold a few more subscriptions than usual. We received a lot of tweets and bonus “likes” on our Facebook page. The mental health causes Fisher supports received more attention than normal. And we had fun printing pages from various websites headlining the story and pinning them on a bulletin board in our break room. We could be philosophical about what editors and bloggers should get excited about, but we’ll just enjoy the fun of being at the center of pop culture for a few nanoseconds. And perhaps we’ll ask Carrie to invite Jenn to the movie’s premiere. A little red-carpet treatment would be the cherry on top.

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OH, WHAT A SEASON! ’ve had a song stuck in my head for weeks. Lately as I’ve been catching myself adrift in a daydream or having a quiet moment of reflection on the past year, an infectious upbeat tune booms from the Four Seasons (of the Frankie Valli, not Vivaldi, variety). It’s just that when I start to hum along, I’m not thinking of the usual refrain. Instead there’s a lyrical change of guard … Oh, what a SEASON! When I moved to Naples originally for my husband’s job, if someone said to me that by late 2013—after my first year at the magazine—I was going to speak with the Bush twins (page 28), have one of the best meals of my life (page 66), attend the Naples Winter Wine Festival (page 74), walk alongside actress Amy Yasbeck to raise money for charity (page 78) and ask Carolina Herrera what inspired her latest collection (page 86), I probably would have burst out laughing. Not because I had any preconceived notions of Naples, but rather because I knew very little about the city and not a soul there. I hadn’t a clue what to expect and was a ball of nervous energy, but looking back now I realize I had nothing to be nervous about. For all the glitz—and as you’ll see pictured throughout this issue, there was plenty of it— what I’m most impressed by is how welcoming and genuinely friendly people have been. To say that I’ve felt embraced by the community would be an understatement. From the incredible members of NI’s advisory board to friends I’ve made that I know I’ll have for a very long time to people I’ve chatted with at cocktail parties, you truly are a fantastic group and I feel lucky to be among you. I am also grateful for the stellar team I work with. It is a labor of love putting together these pages on a monthly basis, and there are two people in particular who deserve to be acknowledged: Kat Smith, our managing editor, and Reynaldo Martin, our art director. The next time you find yourself being drawn in by a story, it’s often a function of Kat’s graceful prose and editorial savvy. And as you flip through this issue and a layout catches your eye, chances are Reynaldo’s handiwork was behind it. While this magazine is a real team effort, these two individuals have contributed to its success in a big way. Based on how much fun this year has been, I can’t wait for what is in store for next season. You can expect even more envelope-pushing changes on our end, and I am curious to see how you will top the spectacular offerings put forth this year. The galas, fundraisers, famous faces and parties were pretty amazing, but now that I know how amazing you are, I have the highest hopes for 2013-2014.

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TEAM NI OUT AND ABOUT Even more year-end photos to add to our seasonal celebration issue … Kat Smith and I at the magazine’s fifteenth anniversary party. Our art department— Reynaldo Martin, Diana Ramírez, Olga Gustine and Jorge Márquez—got into the swing of things for PBMG’s holiday croquet match. 22  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED



The sales staff and friends at one of our events: Alison Whalen, Vannessa Reineke, Kaleigh Grover, Shalyn Ormsby, Cindy Carlson, Linda Sciuto and Colette Beringer.

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What: NI celebrated the five “Leading Ladies” featured in our March issue—Caroline Beasley, Krista Fogelsong, Shannon Franklin, Jamie Magnus and Lili Montes—at the magazine’s premiere party. Guests enjoyed meeting and hearing more about the women of the hour, plus a Champagne toast with hors d’oeuvres by Jamie & Jacob Catering in a stately private home, arranged by Emily Bua and Tade Bua-Bell of Naples Estate Properties. Venue: A residence in the Estuary at Grey Oaks 1. Doug Olsen, Tina Farnsworth, Philip Douglas 2. Caroline Beasley, Shannon Franklin, Krista Fogelsong, Lili Montes, Jamie Magnus 3. Terry Edwards, Barbie Hills 4. Cynthia Wild, Shirlene Elkins, Emily Bua, Roz Travis 5. Gillian Campbell, Wanda Zaiser 6. Brenda O’Connor, Kaleigh Grover












7. Shannon and Zach Franklin 8. Carly Stewart, Lauren Miller 9. Marie Christine St.Pierre, Sandy Cotter 10. Lili Montes, David Contreras, Pilar Montes, Cindy Thompson 11. Cathy Wynne, Tennille Sevigny, Phyllis Ershowsky, Jan Ward 12. Caroline Beasley, David Goldstein, Melanie Hembree 13. Tania Gatt, Susan Gohl 14. Dorothea Hunter Sönne, Jamie Magnus




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THE LEAGUE CLUB What: The annual fundraising luncheon featured a spirited live conversation with Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager led by NBC-2 anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh. Titled “Twin Thoughts: One Message Presented by IberiaBank,” the sold-out event drew 700 attendees and raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for The League Club Community Trust Fund from which annual grants are made. Venue: Waldorf Astoria Naples A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event.




CANCER ALLIANCE OF NAPLES (CAN) What: Wine, Women & Shoes, in its fourth year, was a fabulous fete to raise funds for the organization’s mission of helping kids with cancer and their families. Highlights were wine tasting; shopping for shoes, accessories and fashions from luxe Florida retailers; silent and live auctions; handsome men emceeing the night; and a schedule of entertainment with dinner, including a fashion show from Sara Campbell, who has a new boutique on Third Street South, and a contest for women wearing the most stylish shoes. Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event.



1. Elaine Honig, Steve Manuel, Tara Knausswilga, Patty O’Leary, Ingrid Etzold 2. Jennifer Nackley, Jake Hazewinkel 3. Sean Nolan, Cindy Pisani 4. Susan Gohl, Rea Hunter, Stella Sönne 5. Kay Bork, Denise Onsa, Nancy Benjamin 6. Karla Werchek (seated) in her winning kicks with daughter Alysa Van Asten and CAN hosts

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Gone Country

Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker began a highly successful turn as a country star in 2008. His laid-back attitude goes hand in hand with his love of golf in making Florida one of his favorite spots, second only to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Rucker’s True Believers tour kicks off at Germain Arena in Estero on May 9, and his new album of the same name is set to drop May 21. We caught up with the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry just before he hit the road. —Melanie Hembree n How was it transitioning from rock and pop to country music? I definitely wouldn’t say it was easy. There were a lot of people saying it was not going to work, but once people realized the sincerity of what I was doing and liked the music, they started opening doors.


n We hear you are rather philanthropic. I do whatever I can, but I try to work with children’s charities especially. For me it’s just the way it is; I was raised to help people. I’m on the board of the Children’s Hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina. I love the work we do with St. Jude’s. I did something with the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp (for children with disabilities) at the Academy of Country Music, which is still one of the greatest moments I’ve ever had on stage. n What was it like, winning a Grammy Award for Best New Artist with Hootie & The Blowfish? That was cool, but the Grammy for “Let Her Cry” was the one that really blew me away. We figured they would probably have to give us best new artist but we didn’t think we were going to win the second one. Also, winning a Country Music Award for Best New Artist—that was huge.


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What’s Here and Happening: BY melanie hembree Portrait artist and Naples native Claiborne Swanson Frank was commissioned by Salvatore Ferragamo to photograph beauties like Olivia Palermo (pictured) wearing custom versions of its iconic Vara style for the shoe’s thirtyfifth anniversary. Browse Swanson Frank’s works debuting this month at icona.ferragamo​ .com and be inspired to personalize your own pump— the first time the company is offering the service.

Presents with Pop Everyone knows men can be notoriously hard to shop for. With Father’s Day coming up June 16, we found three local businesses that take the guesswork out of gifting—now and in the future. WELL TIMED Always on the cutting-edge, Marissa Collections is stocking Ballast 1903, a brand-new line of military-inspired watches launched by Neapolitan Jay Hartington and business partner Drew Deters. Most of the guys we know would fight for the chance to slap on one of the rugged yet refined looks with cool details like see-through gears and marinegrade stainless steel casings built to withstand underwater depths to 100 meters. Prices start at $350, so the timepieces strike the right balance between luxury and everyday appeal. ( DO THE TWIST Now that the season of galas is through, dad can relax a little by sporting a Twisted Fin tie—and wear it a little looser than in months past. Recently founded in Naples by friends Mark Jackson and Bill Reitz, the company offers handmade, 100 percent silk neckwear in eight designs with fun Florida-inspired patterns. The business is in the process of expanding, and aside from ordering online, you can catch the ties at the artisan fair Saturdays at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt, which moves indoors for the summer starting in May. ( HOT ABOVE THE COLLAR Keep the most important man in your life feeling great by ordering up a hot shave at Rooster’s Men’s Grooming Center. Opened in mid-February and also located in the Shoppes at Vanderbilt, it offers services including beard and neck trims, haircuts and “camouflage” for pesky grays, but spring for Rooster’s Signature 7-Step Facial Shave for the ultimate barbershop experience. (239-260-5761) 32  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Don’t Miss This: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and Steep Canyon Rangers Renaissance man Steve Martin is proving nothing is out of his grasp. He’s a stand-up comic, silver-screen legend, first-time dad at age 67, novelist and bona fide bluegrass star. His five-string banjo talents won him a Grammy Award in 2009 for best album in the genre, and he just released Love Has Come for You, a collaboration with singer Edie Brickell. Their North American tour with Steep Canyon Rangers (this year’s best bluegrass album winners at the Grammys) hits the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers May 22—definitely worth the drive up Tamiami Trail for some serious plucking by everyone’s favorite funnyman. (

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From May 10 to 14, salsa and samba on over to the 80-plus citywide events honoring Hispanic culture in the second annual ArtsNaples World Festival. BY Tyler Shore The 411 behind the fiesta After a blow-the-lid-off-expectations premiere in 2012, the uniting of local organizations to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of a segment of global culture is back—and ready to spice things up even more. Last year 10,445 attendees, both locals and tourists, learned nuances of Tolstoy’s and Baryshnikov’s Russia through film, paintings, dance and song. For Festival 2.0, artistic director William Noll, also maestro of Classic Chamber Concerts and the Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra, chose to focus on the Latin Americas, inviting visual and performing artists to represent countries including Cuba, Brazil, Spain and Peru. Events will be spread throughout 20 locations across town May 10-14. (

Piano Man If you only take in one act, see Antonio Madruga. The 18-year-old Cuban-American prodigy has stroked the keys at the Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall and The White House at First Lady Michelle Obama’s invitation—and he will be featured in concert for four of the festival’s five days. A South Floridian who graduated from the New World School of the Arts in his hometown Miami, the pianist has played in Naples and says he’s “super-excited” to return because “the people who come to the shows are really into music; you know they’re listening.” Hear him solo May 11 at 2 p.m. in The von Liebig Art Center and alongside his trio (Russell Hall on bass and Harvel Nakundi on drums) May 12, 13 and 14 at 9 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. When asked what’s in store for the audience, Madruga says, “It’s music that’s going to make them feel good, take them away from stresses and worries of their daily lives, and put them in the present moment.” He also recently finished taping a third HBO special, working with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, so you can tune in to his soothing sounds at home, too.

zar·zue·la \ zär-z -wa-l \ A usually comic Spanish operetta incorporating spoken dialogue, choruses and dancing—see stars Sandra Lopez and Paul Posnak demonstrate the art Tuesday May 14 at the von liebig art center.


Away for the long weekend? The von Liebig Art Center is hosting La Casa: Latin American Art April 27 to June 1. Even more reason to go: Local talents with Latin roots will have their works sideby-side with blockbusters on loan from the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art’s collection. 34  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Neapolitans love a good time, and not to disappoint is the Gala Opening Celebration Friday the 10th at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Fusion cuisine and cocktails and fine wines from the Spanish-speaking world will share the spotlight with folk art, dancing and music. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is also holding an Opening Night show with multiple acts at Hayes Hall the next day, as well as the Festival Grand Finale Tuesday evening.


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academic all-star School’s out for summer, but at Community School of Naples (CSN), new Head of School Dr. David Watson is hard at work. His goals include enhancing CSN’s reputation for studentcentered education and supporting its burgeoning international outlook. Watson has degrees in politics, French, social science and literature. He has served as head of school for institutions

Northern Italian Says Watson, “CSN is committed to high academic standards embraced by a cheerful and purposeful community of teachers, students and parents.”

As executive chef at Bastille Café & Bar in Seattle, Jason Stoneburner has done an admirable job of promoting the dining venue’s mission of offering a taste of city lights as well as tranquility amidst the urban whirl. The establishment received raves from the Wall Street Journal and Bon Appétit. Now the Naples High School graduate teams with Bastille’s owners to launch

in Houston, Boston, the United Arab Emirates,

his eponymous restaurant, which will offer new

Malaysia and Oman. He also was the senior

Italian cuisine, including handmade pizza and

academic advisor to the Ministry of Education

pasta. If you have a chance to eat there, check

of Croatia and a consultant at a school outside

out the private dining room—the decor once

Moscow. He now aims to create a vision of CSN

adorned the interior of a decommissioned Ital-

for the twenty-first century. —Christina Wells

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Pitch Perfect The list of accolades for Naples High graduate and University of Alabama softball standout Jackie Traina is very long. A pitcher and utility player, she has earned two-time All American, All Region and All Southeastern Conference honors. She was named a USA Top 10 Softball Player of the Year finalist and Most Outstanding Player at says Traina, “I hope I have showed that even when odds are stacked against you, with hard work and dedication you can do it.” 36  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

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Mint Julep Hot days are here to stay, and nothing is more refreshing than a cocktail with mint and crushed ice. Our pick is the mint julep, a classic with Southern roots made popular by Henry Clay in the 1800s and still served in a silver tumbler. It was adopted as the official drink of the Churchill Downs racetrack in 1938, and therefore became the unofficial drink for the entire country in the month of May. Typically a mixture of bourbon, sugar, water and mint served over crushed ice, variations sub or include gin and vodka. One such twist we love is at Handsome Harry’s ( It calls for the elderflower spirit St. Germain—and if a For the recipe, see customer craves an oomph of sweetness— a splash of peach schnapps. —D.H.S.


A Home-Run Derby It’s a surefire bet Neapolitans will be horsing around May 4 for the 139th Run for the Roses. Here are our top party picks to catch the action and have a dandy time. n  For

rest of the eatery’s menu from scratch) says she chose to carry Le Boudoir’s because they “have the exact right amount of ganache.” For all their striking beauty, macarons are known to be devilishly tricky to make. Still, if trying your hand at it sounds appealing, spring for a class at Norman Love Confection’s Fort Myers location. The next three-hour session dedicated to the petite sweets is May 15 and costs $95 per person. Or you can always sample their professionally done concoctions daily in both the Fort Myers and Naples stores ( —Dorothea Hunter Sönne

Quick Bite The seasonal tide is changing, and Fifth Avenue South staple Bellini has unfurled a new menu: The fresh fillet of pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass with Prosecco, sage and lemon hooked our attention. ( 48  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

ladies and gents: One of the nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge’s biggest annual events is its Kentucky Derby bash held at The Bay House. Great food awaits sartorially adventurous couples who can vie for the title of craziest pants and stand-out hats amidst other festivities. (239-596-2988) n  For girlfriends: Race to Ridgway Bar & Grill if a stylish fete with your BFFs sounds like the perfect ticket. The Naples Junior Woman’s Club’s Derby Dash promises free-flowing wines, mint juleps and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Saddle up in your most fashionable attire to be in the running for best dressed and best hat honors. ( n  For guys’ guys: If actual betting is a priority, jockey over to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track for a shindig that begins with an early afternoon buffet and live races with thoroughbreds (dogs, that is) before the televised Derby. n  For (at-home) entertainers: Odds are you may prefer to host than be hosted. No party is complete without mint juleps, and Naples Floral Design (239-514-1414) stocks traditional cups for sipping in style and sells beautiful floral arrangements with them to deck out your table. —Melanie Hembree For more Derby excitement, turn the page.

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And We’re Off! The Derby puts us in the mood for a road trip on America’s whiskey trails. By Mark Spivak

With summer just around the bend, it’s time to plan a little vacay. If you’re maxed out on Napa, bored by Bordeaux and tsk at another trip to Tuscany, might we suggest a distillery tour? While crossing the Atlantic to visit Scotland, home of the great single malts, has no small measure of allure, there’s no need to head so far afield. Some of the world’s greatest whiskies are produced right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., and the facilities producing them have become popular destinations. With the Run for the Roses in May, our thoughts land squarely on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, founded in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. This road well-traveled consists of Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve, whose facilities are located off the Bluegrass Parkway between Lexington and Louisville. Another scintillating option, The American Whiskey Trail, which is sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, is larger in scope. It includes Barton Brands of Kentucky in Bardstown; two producers in Tennessee (George Dickel and Jack Daniel’s); historical sites such as Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan and Gadbsy’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia; and the ultimate bit of Americana, George Washington’s restored distillery in Mount Vernon. Bourbon is the only alcoholic beverage to be recognized by an act of Congress as a “distinctive product of 50  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

the United States.” According to legend, and ironically enough, the amber liquor was invented by a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig. The good reverend may not actually have created bourbon, but he supposedly developed the technique of aging the spirit in charred American oak barrels. Although Jack Daniel’s receives more than 200,000 visitors annually, Kentucky is still the center of the universe for American whiskey. The bourbon distilleries are located no more than an hour’s drive from each other, and the entire trail can be covered in three days; plan on spending several hours at each producer. Some tours are free, while others cost between $5 and $8—a modest fee compared to some winery tours in Napa. Not surprisingly, the tour usually ends in the gift shop, and samples are generally provided. Louisville makes an excellent base for exploring the Bourbon Trail. The famous Brown Hotel and the Seelbach (now operated by Hilton) are both restored to their nineteenth-century glory. Devotees of the hip and trendy might consider the 21C Museum Hotel, which houses a gallery featuring installation art. The 21C is also home to Proof On Main, one of the city’s finest restaurants and bars. If you’re seeking accommodations in the countryside, the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg and the Woodford Inn in Versailles make for excellent and charming stays. The historic center of the trail is the self-proclaimed “Bourbon Capital of the World”—Bardstown. Home to the headquarters of Heaven Hill and Barton Brands, Bardstown is also the site of the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival held each September. Tourists steep themselves in the past, touring the town on the restored trolley and visiting the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey, one of the recognized historic sites on the American Whiskey Trail. Another

benefit of staying in Bardstown: Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam are located nearby. Next to bourbon, nothing stirs the passions of a native Kentuckian more than Thoroughbred racing, of course. No trip to the state is complete without basking in the excitement of a live race. The main attraction is Churchill Downs in South Louisville, where the Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday of May. On Derby weekend the state’s two main industries come together, with more than 100,000 mint juleps served on race day alone. Not everyone can make it to the first racing jewel of the Triple Crown, but Churchill Downs hosts live races from April through June, and again in September and October. Another elegant and upscale track can be found in Keeneland, just outside Lexington. Although the Keeneland race schedule is restricted to live events in April and October, the facility sponsors Thoroughbred sales at various times during the year for wouldbe owners of racehorses. We think we’ll stick with purchasing some true-blue American whiskey. u

Bardstown, Kentucky, is the "Bourbon Capital of the World." While there, explore the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey (right), Heaven Hill (top, right) and Maker's Mark (opposite page).


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pursuits First Class Back to the Classics One woman’s experiences in the land of her ancestors inspire thoughts of a Greek escape. By Andria Mitsakos

Many Greeks avoid Mykonos in the summer, opting to vacation in less-crowded (read: undiscovered by tourists) islands. I say they don’t know what they’re missing. For this Greek-American, who has spent her entire life skipping around the globe frequently touching down in Greece, Mykonos has become a divine summer ritual. Yes, the postcard-perfect isle has tons of Ibiza-type beaches for fans of the thumping party scene—from Super Paradise to Paraga, where

Oia, on the high point of Santorini, is justly famed for its sunsets.


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Santorini’s whitewashed houses creep up the volcanic hillside. Mykonos’ charming architecture and harbors (right and below) draw sophisticated visitors from around the globe.

A Minoan fresco from the archaeological site of Akrotiri in Santorini.


the scene echoes South Beach—but I choose to retreat to the bohemian strips of sand that pepper the island. Like Agios Sostis, with its fabulous Kiki’s Tavern. It’s no coincidence this no-frills eatery, which dishes out home-style meals, can be found on the travel hot lists of and The New York Times. From the meals prepared on the charcoal barbecue, the grilled whole eggplant is my usual choice, but many opt for the famous pork chop. No reservations required (or taken), but if there’s a wait, you can kill time poring over jewelry crafted by British expat John Shortall. He weaves antique opium pipes he fishes out of the Thames River in London with beautiful string, creating one-of-a-kind collectible beach jewelry that indicates you’re in the know in Mykonos. My preferred mode of transport in the Greek islands is by helicopter or single-engine Cherokee airplane with Thanos Iordanis’ com-

pany, The Luxury Choice ( In Mykonos, being impulsive is part of the culture. In that spirit, when he calls me saying he has an empty leg to Santorini and asks if I want to hop over for a night, I cannot say no. After a seamless 20 minutes in the air, we touch down on Greece’s most famous island. First stop: Meet friends for coffee at the tiny, old-school coffee shop at Kateli Emporiou. Coffee in Greece is similar to going for drinks in the States. Expect to sit for one to three hours; this is a social ritual that should be enjoyed, not rushed. Many java shops turn into bars in the evenings, when you can try the traditional Yellow Donkey  beer by the fine wine producer Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Tourists flock to Ammoudi to see the sunset, and while there are plenty of fish tavernas lining the water’s edge, only one stands out for freshness and service—Dimitris. It’s at the far end, and you’ll need to walk through all the others to get there, which is a little like walking through Saks Fifth Avenue and avoiding the perfume spritzers. Armed with menus instead of perfume bottles, the touts will try to lure you to dine in their establishments, but look

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Local delicacies like grilled octopus are served alfresco at Hotel Kivotos in Mykonos.

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Santorini’s Mystique hotel overlooks the blue Aegean.

straight ahead and know your destination. Have your hotel book ahead for you. After a long dinner with friends in from a yacht for the night, we head over to Hasapiko, a former butcher shop turned bar that serves creative cocktails and a more alternative scene. It’s in Oia, a charming village on Santorini’s highest point known for its sunsets. Before heading back to Mykonos, I stock up on local products—Santorini is known for its amazing wine, capers, white aubergine (eggplant) and fava beans—in the small rock village of Vothonas. Ask someone to direct you to Yiannis Nomikos and buy whatever he has on offer that day. Another must is a visit to the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri (circa twentieth to sixteenth century BCE). Go early, take your time and enjoy the paintings that adorn the structures of this ancient yet wildy advanced (they had plumbing) Minoan Bronze Age settlement that perished during a volcanic eruption. Like Santorini itself, it’s a marvel. u

The Acropolis is illuminated at night, reminding Athenians of their storied past.

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Lexus finally adds sporting sparkle to its flagship with the new LS 460 F Sport.


Luxury cars don’t come more refined or silky-smoother than the whisper-quiet Lexus flagship LS. If ever there was an automotive equivalent of maple syrup with a whipped cream topping, this is it. Since the debut of the LS in 1990, it seems Lexus has sat back and left the driving excitement to BMW, Audi and MercedesBenz. To many, an LS has always been the pair of comfy slippers to the Germans’ Nike Airs, the velour pantsuit to their black leather miniskirt. But the winds of change are finally swirling around the Lexus headquarters. Tired of being branded a creator of fourwheel tofu, it is fighting back. Welcome to Lexus F Sport. It must’ve started with the bad-boy Lexus IS-F, a 5-liter, V-8-engined blunt instrument packing 416 horses launched in 2008 to lock horns with BMW’s M3. Now it’s the full-bodied, execu-class LS 460’s turn to get some long overdue sportification. Put your hands together for the 2013 LS 460 F Sport. 56  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

That “Sport” moniker may be a bit of a stretch. You won’t see this new F Sport on the track at Daytona or Sebring anytime soon. But it’s a terrific package of sports equipment that changes the character of the big LS and increases its already considerable appeal. For starters, it now looks the part of automotive athlete. It comes with a set of great-looking 19-inch German BBS forged alloy wheels skinned with low-profile, rubber-band-thin tires. And the ride height of the standard air suspension is dropped by around half an inch to help give a more hunkered-down stance. Lexus changed the look of the entire LS range last year, adding the controversial in-your-face “spindle” front design. The F Sport builds on that semi-aggressiveness with a glossy black surround and more distinctive mesh pattern for the grille, as well as bigger air-gulping cooling openings and driving lamps. Yet there’s plenty of substance behind all this style. A limitedslip differential sharpens the car’s handling, while big Italian


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Brembo brakes with black six-piston calipers clamping pizza-sized rotors stop you with the immediacy of hurling a ship’s anchor out the back. If there’s a mild disappointment, it’s the standard 4.6-liter V-8 that motivates every LS model. No teeny boost in power or torque, no mild tweaking to lower the zeroto-60 time. Nothing. Not that 386 horsepower is to be sneezed at. This is still a fabulous engine that’s oh-so-creamy-smooth in its power delivery and wonderfully responsive, especially when coupled with the new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. But it’s not the 564-horsepower Mercedes AMG twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that lurks in every S63 Benz. What the F Sport delivers is great day-to-day driving agility and zest. The entire focus is no longer on softness and comfort. Toggle through the Drive Mode Select settings, and take your pick from Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Each one progressively dials up the car’s throttle response, steering weight, transmission shift points and suspension firmness. Opt for Sport, and the steering becomes firmer, weightier and

more precise, while the suspension firms up just enough to sharpen the handling without sacrificing ride comfort. Even without any extra ponies, the F Sport is still a lively performer, scooting from standstill to 60 mph in around 5.4 seconds. Inside, there’s more black leather than in Ozzy Osbourne’s wardrobe, unique seats with beefy side bolstering and a rocking 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio. Plus, as with all new LS models, there’s an amazing 12.3-inch nav system display. Prices for this new LS 460 F Sport start at $81,990 for the reardrive version, which is just $10,000 more than the standard LS. Allwheel drive is also an option. Lexus can finally put away those comfy slippers. u


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A Jazz Age-inspired homage to the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, releasing this month. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIAN ANDREA DI STEFANO Jewelry from the 2013 Tiffany Blue Book Collection and The Great Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co., inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin 58  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

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Chanel cotton tweed dress with pearl brooch, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples; straw hat, Eric Javits, Opposite page: Etro silver bead and striped sequin gown, Marissa Collections, Naples; jet drop helmet, Eric Javits,


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Hand-dyed silk organza on tulle gown, gloves, Badgley Mischka, New York. Opposite page: Reem Acra sequined gold gown, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples. Fashion Editor: Katherine Lande Model: Anastasia Eremenko, Q Model Management, New York Hair & Makeup: Luis Beltran, FORD Artists Miami using Makeup Forever and KÊrastase Photography Assistant: Fabio Tononi NI would like to extend a special thanks to Parallax Productions
and Rose E. Martin Photography for the usage of the film props.

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As the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest expands its reach in Naples (and the nation!), Bob and Shirlene Elkins host an elegant, beach-themed vintner dinner in their Port Royal home. Let the fun begin ... BY DOROTHEA HUNTER SÖNNE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MILA BRIDGER 66  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

From the first dishes of the night, chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire impressed guests with creative flavors and presentations. The amuse-bouche (left) of lavender-corn custard was piped into delicate daffodil blooms, while a sweet-savory Napoleon appetizer (pictured) featured tarragon-scented goat cheese, black lava salt, membrillo and apple puree.


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The night was full of surpises. So too was the entire weekend when the festival firmly claimed its place among the best.


tanding in front of the 23 guests in his home at a vintner dinner for the 2013 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, Bob Elkins cut a sharp presence. He built a Fortune 500 company and runs several successful health care businesses, and it’s clear that perhaps his winning recipe is knowing what he likes and not being afraid to say so. “I’ve been a fan of the pure Alexander Valley from the beginning. I’ve always felt it was underrated, and it is absolutely one of the finest vintages in Napa and California.” The wine he was embracing was from the night’s featured vintner, the renowned Silver Oak Cellars. Each person at the party was sampling three vintages: the Alexander Valley offering, solely made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in that particular region an hour from central Napa, plus two of the label’s famous robust-yet-silky blended Cabernet varietals from Napa itself—including the just-released 2008, so fresh that only one bottle got down to Florida. In common terms, the Alexander Valley is the Porsche Boxster to Napa’s 911 Turbo, but Elkins encouraged tasters to appreciate both. As it turns out, the night was full of surprises. So too was the entire weekend for the young festival, particularly when it firmly claimed its place among the best of the best. Through two matching challenges announced at all 10 of the vintner dinners taking place across the area, the total amount raised at the close of auction the next day, February 23, was a staggering $7.5 million—$2.5 million from the 31 live auction

Beach balls, palm trees and a tiki bar set the tone. Chef Roland stands with Anna Pepgjonaj of Silver Oak, who spoke of the cellar’s wines and those of its sister label, Twomey. Host Shirlene Elkins, festive in a gingham dress, greets guests Art and Bev Cherry.


A special treat was a taste of the just-released 2008 Napa Cabernet. Dinner hosts for the festival may pick any theme they want, and the Elkins did “California Dreaming,” inspired by Shirlene’s childhood on the West Coast and the California vintner. Patterned tablecloths resembling beach balls served as colorful backdrops for the place settings.

lots and a few silent auction prizes, plus equal amounts donated by both Joe Anderson of Benovia Winery (a participating vintner) and Tom Golisano (the namesake of the local children’s hospital to which funds were being donated). To put this in perspective, our other area charity wine auction, the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), the world’s largest, raised just $1 million more in January (see page 74 for details). It must be said, however, the NWWF amount was all through live bids, but the feat of the Wine & Food Fest cannot be underestimated. Last month, the Wine Spectator published data on current totals with only Auction Napa Valley coming between the Fest and the NWWF in national rankings. It’s incredible to think the whole idea was just a vague notion in 2005 when founder and chairman Steve Machiz, M.D., wanted to create a 70  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

fund​raiser to help a Rotary club he belonged to in Fort Myers. “I need to give credit where credit is due,” Machiz says. “I saw the success of the NWWF. What they were doing was absolutely amazing. I thought, if I could start an event that could bring in a percentage of that, it would be a great help to the children in Southwest Florida.” The first few years the auction stayed tied to the club and therefore predominantly attracted a Fort Myers crowd, but when he incorporated it as a nonprofit in 2009 the winds of change came. The weekend’s current format and governing body took shape and a main beneficiary was named, the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, which has a neonatal intensive care unit serving both Lee and Collier Counties. That premiere official year the Fest earned $750,000. One of the biggest and most unexpected but welcome shifts the organizers have seen is the event’s deepening reach in Naples. Dave Gibbons, a founding trustee with Machiz, chose to get involved as soon as he moved to Naples in 2008. To him, the allure of helping children, specifically those needing medical care, struck close to home. His eldest son, now 47, is a pediatric bone cancer survivor. “My wife and I jumped right in,” he says. “One of the great things we noticed about this whole area is the tremendous charitable impulse people have.” Gibbons wound up later becoming a trustee of the NWWF as well—and in fantastic company. Bob and Shirlene Elkins, hosts of this particular vintner dinner for the 2013 Fest, were founding trustees of the NWWF 13 years ago. In fact, the Fest’s organizers approached the Elkins to throw the party because of the increased ticket sales for the festival among Collier residents. They never imagined they’d see the day when four of the 10 vintner dinners would be held in Naples. The Elkins were a natural choice because of their philanthropic track record, and unlike the NWWF, the Fest doesn’t put a strong emphasis on having only trustees host dinners. In addition, the couple had been

Duck breast with what Roland calls “The Perfect Fried Egg,” tempura battered and cooked at an exact temperature, were served with a wild mushroom and smoked bacon risotto, spinachasparagus crema, dark cherry gastrique and a sprinkle of truffle salt.

“That night was such fun,” Roland says. “If I had to name one dish as a standout, it would be the duck. It’s my personal favorite, and both the Merlot and the food equally enhanced one another.” NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | MAY/JUNE 2013  71

The chef coordinated dishes with the vintner in advance and added flourishes such as a Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon braise for the short ribs. Continuing the fireworks for the senses, the meat course dazzled with interesting elements like a red onion jam atop the beef, parsnip-celery root puree, pecan-smoked brussels sprouts and crispy carrot ribbons.

attending the festival since it was fully incorporated, and Shirlene had been giving behind-the-scenes advice for years prior. And at the dinner itself, the theme of surprises carried on—most coming through the ethereal multicourse meal prepared by chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire, his concierge chef service. It takes a lot to impress Elkins, a woman who built a 125-person catering business in Washington, D.C., and has worked with Michelin-starred chefs like Daniel Boulud for NWWF parties. But the match with Roland by the Fest’s organizers turned out to be one made in foodie heaven. “In all my years, I’ve never met such a confident chef. He never wavered in his selections for the night, and it was one of the most exquisite meals I’ve ever eaten,” she says. Another difference between the two local wine festivals is that the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest primarily showcases area 72  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

chefs. In a way, it’s as if they’re hoping to discover the next Boulud— and based on the crowd’s response to Roland, he may be that person. When pressed to name his standout concoction of the evening, he says: “That night was such fun. If I had to name one dish, it would be the duck. It’s my personal favorite, and both the Merlot and the food equally enhanced one another.” Anna Pepgjonaj of Silver Oak, who represented the label and its sister Twomey, said she has never received so many compliments on how well the wines paired with the food. The point of vintner dinners is to entertain and delight guests the night before the auction. To say this one did that is an understatement. Moreover, it’s astonishing that two of the nation’s top charity wine events are ours to enjoy. Life is full of choices. Red or white. Silver Oak, Château Lafite or Veuve Clicquot—or all three. And when it comes to a good time for a great cause, there’s never a wrong answer. u

Host Bob Elkins toasted chef Roland's success. A consummate professional, Roland explained every course to diners, including the sweet ending, a melt-in-your-mouth financier made with local honey and marcona almonds in a pool of white chocolate fondue topped with salted chantilly—and a petite chocolate-cherry pot de crème. Meanwhile, details like a jukebox playing Beach Boys hits completed the experience.

Life is full of choices. Red or white. Silver Oak, Château Lafite or Veuve Clicquot—or all three. And when it comes to a good time for a great cause, there’s never a wrong answer.


Writtenin theStars Unlock our visual social diary with highlights from the 2013 Naples Winter Wine Festival. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOroTHEA HUNTER SÖNNE


e’re lucky to have not one but two of the top three charity wine auctions in the United States right here in our own backyard. Started in 2001, the nation’s premier Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), held from January 25 to 27, is similar in many ways to the skyrocketing Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest (see “Having a Ball,” page 66), yet also very different. One big continuity, however, is that both feature an exciting lineup of events spread over an entire weekend to benefit children in need. Join us as we step through the NWWF's “When Stars Align”-themed festivities to relive the philanthropic fun.



Organizers of the festival are trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), a group that distributes grants to nonprofits throughout the area, such as the Boys & Girls Club—its new Baker Field was the site of this year’s MTKD. Board and committee members of NCEF (above) addressed the crowd before leaving for lunch at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club (below).


The kickoff Meet the Kids Day (MTKD) is a casual outing where guests like Cassie McMillion and Max Deifik (pictured) see how funds raised help local youngsters (top). Nearly everyone's favorite event, it includes heartwarming presentations and often not a dry eye is left in the house. 74  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED



Later, guests attend vintner dinners. Usually held by trustees in their homes, the intimate 30-person soirees are lavish affairs featuring visiting renowned chefs and winemakers from across the globe. A testament to the hosts’ creativity, the parties play on the main theme. Shelly and Ralph Stayer (pictured above) threw an out-of-this-world “Star Trek” bash, where iPads built into the tables served as menus.



Pat and Dave Gibbons (right) joined forces with Mary Pat and Frank Hussey (second couple from left) to dream up “Stars in a Burgundy Sky,” a playful nod to the wine region. And vintners Laurent Ponsot (third from right) and Cleo Pahlmeyer (second from left) provided ethereal libations.



The magic happens on Saturday under two enormous tents at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Cocktail stations manned by the hotel’s culinary team are set up throughout and around an open-air structure for guests to have lunch (below). Prizes, such as a custom 12-liter bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Grace Family Vineyards (center), are on display in a ballroom for preauction browsing, then volunteers in technicolor T-shirts usher guests into the fully enclosed, climate-controlled structure to begin bidding.



any attendees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival say it’s not the glamorous setting or unique prizes that gets them fired up to wave their paddles and “bid high and bid often”—a slogan boldly emblazoned on volunteers’ T-shirts. Rather, it’s knowing that the action is making a difference. Says 2013 NWWF co-chair Bob Edwards: “We were honored and delighted to lead the festival, and we are grateful to everyone who generously supported the children most at risk in Collier County.”


Chandeliers illuminate 500 patrons as cochairs Bob and Terry Edwards get the main event under way (below and left). Trustees Ron and Barbara Balser are elated by a win (top left), and first-time attendee Tim Fogerty (inset) becomes the center of attention for his prize—the festival’s top-earning wine lot, a rare Château Mouton Rothschild vertical set in a glass table for $180,000 (top right). NCEF board chair Anne Welsh McNulty smiles with vintner Ann Colgin (above, from left). In all, more than $8 million from 65 prizes will go to kids who need it, definitely something for everyone involved to be happy about.


A Season to

Remember Celebrities? Check. Sports stars? Check. Performances we’ll never forget? Check. as you look back through the key moments in town over the past 12 months, Prepare to be Wowed—It’s Easily one of the most spectacular years yet.

POWER LUNCH The largest luncheon on the calendar, Mending Broken Hearts with Hope to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, saw 700 attendees at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. 78  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


Sensational Snapshot President Bush’s twins, Jenna and Barbara, spoke to a packed crowd at The League Club’s annual fundraiser (top). A few weeks later, football star Tim Tebow did the UF Gator Chomp with fans at Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series (top right). Earlier in the season, actor Eric Roberts and his wife, Eliza, lifted spirits at the NAMI Collier County luncheon (center, right). TV and Broadway alum Eddie Mekka, here to grace TheatreZone’s stage, sprawled out post-rehearsal for some laughs with artistic director Mark Danni and Karen Molnar Danni (center). Pretty ladies glammed up for Love That Dress! supporting the PACE Center for Girls (above, from left): Shelia Davis, Stacey Herring, Yvonne Bourk, Nannette Staropoli, Libby Fero. Lastly, a Carnival dancer transported guests to Rio for the Guadalupe Center’s gala (right). NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | MAY/JUNE 2013  79

Events we will not forget ...

BEST GIFT BAGS A huge part of the fun is the stuff you get to take home. These three events stole the prize. 1. Eye Witness (reception at Trudy Labell Fine Art) HIGHLIGHTS: Chanel and Jo Malone beauty products, fresh fruit from Food & Thought, a gift certificate to First Watch. 2. Wine, Women & Shoes (benefiting Cancer Alliance of Naples) HIGHLIGHTS: lip glosses, nail polish, Royal Palm Chocolates, themed sugar cookies in a cute tote (pictured). 3. Hats in the Garden (Naples Botanical Garden’s annual fundraiser) HIGHLIGHTS: a Michael Kors Collection scarf ... enough said! 80  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

The fete that had everyone abuzz was a private dinner and concert at a Port Royal estate. Entertainment for 152 guests included Top 40 tracks from LeAnn Rimes (top) and British band Blake (left), served with a fivecourse meal from Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio (above). Our favorite for sentimental reasons—and it was a legitimately awesome bash—was NI’s fifteenth anniversary at Masa. Naples Mayor John Sorey and Delores Sorey (inset) joined the festivities with more than 250 guests. There are so many others that also deserve recognition. The following page gives a montage of memories.


2012-2013: A Party Odyssey


1. Charlie McDonald, Lisa Wilson, Ingrid Aielli, Sandy Cotter, Wanda Zaiser, and Marie Christine St. Pierre enjoyed NI’s fifteenth anniversary party. 2. Gordon Kellam and Glen Schwesinger (third and fourth from left), here with The Shelter’s Next Generation committee, scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the nonprofit. 3. Emily James, Joanne Stahlman and Jackie Bearse at a tea in December to drum up interest for April’s biennial Magnolia Ball for NCH Healthcare System. 4. Dr. Allen Weiss of NCH led a moderated Q&A with Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who found the Titanic. 5. Myra Janco Daniels received an award from Judge Judy Sheindlin for the Jewish National Fund. 6. The Voice finalist Casey Weston performed at Drug Free Collier's luncheon. 7. Ave Maria University founder Tom Monaghan, with Jim York, was honored by Our Mother’s Home at its Hearts of Love Gala. 8. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s benefit at its new Nature Center included a performance by Opera Naples.





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In the Swing From NFL players passing through town to former professional stars who live locally and pitch in at charity events, Naples is alive with sports activity—not to mention the events where we are on the go.

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1. The Immokalee Foundation’s ProAm featured LPGA’s Cindy Rarick (center), with Pam and Ron Khachadoorian and Jim and Laura Dixon. 2. Former MLB players were on hand for Seacrest School’s Baseball and Barbecue: Mike Schmidt, John Kruk, Buck Showalter. 3. Mikael Pernfors, formerly in the ATP’s top 10, competed at the FineMark Tour Players Tennis Classic. 4. Tennis greats Fernando Maynetto, JoAnne Russell, Rossana De Los Rios and Emilio Sanchez (most call Naples home) were a hit at the Bosom Buddies tournament. 5. MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, a part-time resident, raises a glass to the Naples International Film Festival. 6. Current NFL stars, brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, flank Roger Vasey at the Guadalupe Center’s gala. 7. Actress Amy Yasbeck was the Grand Marshal for NAMI Collier County’s annual walk. 8. Footballer Tim Tebow speaks at Town Hall’s youth ambassador program. 9. Bob Beamon and Julius “Dr. J” Erving are all smiles for the first Art of the Olympians golf classic.



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Well Staged There’s no question we are an artistic bunch: Naples has its own film festival, two regional theater companies, a slew of celebrity guest performers and arts shows galore. Some exciting things went down over the past few months. 2 3



1. Naples International Film Festival Celebrity Martini Glass Auction at The Phil. 2. The beautiful, talented co-chairs of The Naples Players’ Diamond Jubilee: Eva Sugden Gomez, Patty Baker, Mary Watkins. 3. Frank Verpoorten, the new director of the Naples Museum of Art, at its Incognito fundraiser. 4, 5. Scenes from Third on Canvas, an auction with Naples artists at a Port Royal club. 6. Baritone Nathan Gunn in concert for Opera​Naples. 7. Local phenom Alexandrea Tocco sang at Gulfshore Playhouse’s gala.

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What a Sight The Harmon-Meek Gallery celebrated a milestone fiftieth season in Naples with several artist receptions and exhibit previews. Hunt Slonem Show

Colorful and endearingly eccentric, the famous painter and sculptor visited to present his whimsical “Butterflies, Bunnies, Babes and Abes.” Slonem (below), flanked by Caroline Stuart-Jervis and Bob Gowland.

Opening Show

Like many successful businesses in town, it’s all in the family with two generations of the Meeks working together (from left): Juliana, William, Barbara, Kristine.

Richard Haas Show

The acclaimed urban artist and muralist put everyone at his exhibit in a New York state of mind. Joseph Haas, Richard Haas and Michael Rich (above) at the reception.


Around the World Every now and then we crave the exotic. lucky for us, we can take trips to all corners of the globe without even leaving home. Check out these highlights … 1





1. Francophile Jay Paul (center) co-hosted an exhibit opening at Arsenault Gallery for American Friends of Blerancourt, here with Eugénie Anglès and Baroness Bernard d’AnglejanChatillon. 2. Dancers transported people at the Hope for Haiti gala. 3. Community School of Naples journeyed to the Far East for its annual Angel Ball. 4, 5. Guests got A Taste of Brazil at the Guadalupe Center gala. 6, 7. Scenes from the David Lawrence Center’s Venetian masquerade ball. 8. Sir Robert and Susan Corbett, Pam Grabczynski and English Speaking Union Naples branch president Richard Smarg at ESU’s Churchill Dinner, for which Corbett, the last British commander in Berlin during the Cold War, was the speaker.










The New Naples Change is always exciting. Here are some fresh faces we spotted on the social scene this year. 1. Saint Ann Catholic School’s patron party: Laurie Youmans, Ashley Gerry, Bruno Dhaine, Megan Homan, Rose Baron. 2. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s benefit: Brad Phelps, Ryan Frost. 3. NIFF’s poster unveiling: Gina Russen, Blake Owen, Kathleen van Bergen, Frank Russen. 4. Naples Botanical Garden’s Hats in the Garden: Barbie Hills (far right) with her daughters and their friends. 5. NI’s Leading Ladies Reception: Stacey Deffenbaugh, Nick Ciletti, Krista Fogelsong. 6. NIFF’s CMGA party: Andrew Arreola, Jen Moeller. 7. Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s benefit: Amy and Sam Saad. 8. NI’s Leading Ladies Reception: Chris Magnus, Jamie Magnus. 9. PLAN’s Evening in Monte Carlo: Nick and Melissa Wychocki.






Lights! Camera!

FASHION! From left: Jay Hartington, jeweler Tamara Comolli, Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, Marissa Hartington, Allison Guimard, Burt Hartington

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Naples is a hotbed of sartorial activity, and this season did not disappoint. From first blush with the yearly Fashion’s Night Out in September to personal appearances by designers like Michael Kors, stylish Neapolitans got into the sashay of things.

Elizabeth Star, Heidi Farrugia

Milos Simovic, Wanda Zaiser

Models showing off stunning pieces at the opening of the Jewelry Gallery at Marissa Collections.

Heather Donlan, Sophie Donlan

Gillian Campbell (in a black and white gown) with Provident Jewelry’s guests from Buccellati. Background: Naples’ runways, including Fashion’s Night Out. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | MAY/JUNE 2013  87

Monique Péan, with Jay Hartington, was one of several jewelers spotted at Marissa Collections.

Designers Among Us Fashion powerhouses love to visit town. We’ve got the social scoop.

Michael Kors gave the audience a thrill at the annual event Hats in the Garden.

Proving Naples is ever the haute destination, it was a busy season indeed for popup catwalks, trunk shows and the latest looks. Every other week it seemed another famous face stopped by.

Marco Bicego, a designer of fine jewelry, spent time with fans like Gail Cutshall at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Carolina Herrara (center), a CFDA lifetime achievement winner, and the organizers of her Naples fashion show.

Edward Wilkerson (right), founder and creative genius behind cult label Lafayette 148, and a shot from his runway here.

Zang Toi (right), a couturier known for his unique style, at Nordstrom with Doug Olsen.


“My resort collection is geared toward the Naples client. I design it with the beach in mind—a more casual way of dressing. Easy, breezy, sunny, happy and fresh.” —Edward Wilkerson

Don’t Leave Home Without …


Cute and cuddly, our best friends thankfully also make the best style statement. 1

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1. Jen Paige, with Conery, struts the catwalk at the Humane Society Naples’ annual tea and fashion show. 2. Philip Douglas and Doug Olsen are often spotted with their pooch Eva. 3. Designer and dog lover Carolina Herrera and Naples’ Susan Gohl give Desi a hug. 4. Art imitating life: The yearly Pet Lovers Gala is where “cats” and puppies always play nicely together.

Extra, Extra



these high-profile Decorators, estheticians and other fashionWorld personalities also splashed onto the scene. 1. Interior designer and author Thom Filicia (right) with Bill Allyn 2. Maria Cristina Buccellati of the House of Buccellati embraces Brenda Melton. 3. What Not to Wear’s host Clinton Kelly 4. Gucci artisans from Florence handcrafted bags at an in-store event. 5. Eyebrow guru Anastasia Soare with Julie Principato


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Runway as Reality When Neapolitans want to have fun, the Catwalk is their stage—putting your most fashionable foot forward is often the key to a fab time in season. 1

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STYLE FILE: Great Looks The streets, stores and galas in Naples are a veritable kaleidoscope of gorgeous faces, beautiful clothes and the latest trends—all a welcome part of everyday life. Indulge in our honor roll and be inspired.


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An impressive gated entry welcomes you to this magnificent home of exceptional quality and design. The open floor plan conveys the perfect balance of indoor/ outdoor living and includes five bedrooms plus den/office, five full baths and two half-baths, elegant master bedroom suite with his-and-her closets and stunning marble master bath, chef’s kitchen with large island, gracious living room with marble accented fireplace, formal dining room and gorgeous custom designed bar. An ideal outdoor living area complements this extraordinary home with multiple dining areas, fireplace, outdoor kitchen and bar, 60’ salt water lap pool with integrated spa, newly built 44’ boat dock with 27,000 lb. lift plus an additional 10,000 lb. lift for two Sea-Doos, and all with captivating west, south and north views of Man-of-War Cove. If you are searching for a home that is as beautiful as it is livable, with truly spectacular views, look no further.

Offered at $14,300,000 - Furnished

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Waterfront wonder Address 3900 Rum Row, Port Royal, Naples MODEL NAME The Captain’s Quarters Developer Alan Fraser Homes BUILDER BCB year built 2009 offered at $14.3 million, furnished

size 7,316 square feet under air, 13,620 total special features Gorgeous gated estate offers five bedrooms, a den, five full and two half baths, and four-car garage. It boasts the best vistas in Port Royal, overlooking Man of War Cove and sweeping through Doubloon Bay with 180-degree views. The western exposure provides an enviable front-row seat for spectacular sunsets. A new 44-foot boat dock with a 27,000-pound lift, plus Special Promotional Feature

10,000-pound lift for two Sea-Doos, make the most of living on the water. A 60-foot saltwater lap pool and integrated spa, outdoor kitchen and bar, and two shaded loggias with retractable screens and shutters along with superior landscape architecture (featured in October 2012 in Naples Illustrated) complete this beautiful home. for information Diane Banks, 239-285-2794 Rainer Filthant, 239-298-1080

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Port royal

Signature Port Royal estate epitomizes Naples beachfront living with a site that comprises 150 ft of beachfront & features stunning Gulf of Mexico vistas. This is the magnum opus of Naples beachfront rentals! Custom pool/spa, separate guest house & almost 7,700 SF 7/5.1BA Available for lease monthly at $50,000/mo or annually for $30, 0000/mo.

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Idyllic seaside residence built in 2007. Panoramic beach vistas. Tropical solitude and refined casual elegance. Large great room with fireplace. 3-bay garage. 5,573 SF 4+den/3.1 $9,950,000

Port royal

Situated on prestigious Gordon Drive with approximately 23,325 SF with an approximate building area of 9,145 SF. Existing house is a tear-down and is being sold as a building site. $8,900,000

Salerno at Bay Colony

Penthouse sprawling over top two levels. Panoramic views. 5,040 SF 5/5.1 $3,995,000

Pine ridge

3+den/3.1 Hemingway-style estate home boasts 4,649 SF. Custom millwork & stonework. Lush outdoor areas. $2,650,000


Gorgeous custom Florida style home. 4,692 SF. Pool/spa. 5+den/5.1 $2,095,000

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Owner willing TO COnsider TrAdes An extraordinary beach-front opportunity to create your own vision of paradise with 170 feet of direct beach frontage, extending all the way to Gulf Shore Blvd. A vast buildable envelope with room to build a significant sized residence. Lot may be subdivided. $12,900,000

eStateS at Bay Colony

Magnificent home secluded on double lakefront estate site, 15,247 SF of living area. 8 bedroom suites, study, conference room, billiards room, gourmet kitchen home theater. 8+den/10.4 $9,900,000

grey oakS

Gorgeous estate home w/almost 7,700 SF of top quality finishes & golf/lake views. Enjoy Championship golf and the award-winning Grey Oaks Country Club. 5+den/5.2 $4,900,000

aqualane ShoreS

Contemporary masterpiece w/wide water views on Aqua Cove. Cut-in boat slip w/lift & 3 car garage. 2 blocks to the beach, 2 blocks to 3rd St. 2+den/2 $3,995,000

laurentianS 1-B

Direct beachfront living. Completely renovated condo. Over 2,875 living area 4/4 $2,395,000

grey oakS

3+den/3.1 Elegant & spacious home w/over 4700 SF LA. 3 car gar. Fantastic lake & golf view. $1,999,000

aqualane ShoreS

Placid long water views unfold within this spacious home offering 100’ of frontage on deep-water yacht basin. 3+den/3.1 $2,950,000

laurentianS 1-a

Unique, direct beachfront condo with private walk-out to beach. 2,760 SF LA Complete renovation. 3+den/3.1 $2,395,000


3+den/4 Excellent value. Florida style home built in 2005. $1,750,000


a stunning estate home set on a serene lakefront lot. Offered at $2,499,000

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Naples: 239 331-5549 Sarasota: 941 350-2700



Sharpen your backhands and drop shots at the 44th Annual City of Naples Tennis Championships (239-213-3060). Whether you want to have some fun or show off your serve alongside tennis greats—Jesse Witten and University of Florida’s Gordon Watson, two past champions of the Men’s Open singles division, are expected to return this year—it’s a match made in heaven for everyone involved. (Spectating is also allowed if you’re more of an armchair enthusiast.) The tournament, hosted by the Arthur Allen Tennis Center in Cambier Park, is open to the public and not associated with the USTA, so there’s no need to have an official rating to sign up. The 50 different divisions accommodate all skill levels and preferences, such as mixed doubles and age- and gender-specific singles. Registration is open through April, with play scheduled May 1 through 31. —Melanie Hembree



Closet Liberation

Looking at a heaping mess of clothes can make your head spin, and even the thought of knowing you could or should be more organized is enough to induce pangs of dread. We shadow a reader as her walk-in gets a revamp from a local pro and she gains clarity through the process. BY MINA KING

Problem 1: Jam-Packed Three out of Ciesla’s six shelves were brimming with piles of sweaters. “Not only were they toppling over, but when I needed to wear one, they always had wrinkles in the wrong places,” Ciesla says. Her other shelves contained storage boxes that held bathing suits and random seasonal items only worn on occasion.

Solution 1: Maximize Your Space Ottenstein removed the bulky boxes, transferring them to a cabinet underneath the bathroom sink (suitably alongside sunblock) and opening up additional shelves. As a result, the sweaters are now folded and stacked in a more manageable fashion.

Problem 2: Scattered Disarray Ciesla’s handbags were strewn about in a hazy clump, with no regard for size or material. The bags were losing their shape, and she struggled to select a bag without wasting time sorting through the pile. 106  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

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“It looks fine, but it could be better,” professional organizer Marla Ottenstein says to describe the average closet. Let’s be honest: The classic trope in comics, one that’s nearing eruption and hiding chaotic piles of junk, is hardly the case in reality. But with Ottenstein’s expertise, we learned that behind every door there is still something to be improved upon. We caught Ottenstein in the midst of spring cleaning, a time forever connected to decluttering and the resulting purity of mind and spirit. She was working with her friend Karin Ciesla, whose closet captured what Ottenstein described to a T. Says Ciesla, “In the past, my closet would have passed as being ‘organized,’ but with Marla’s help, it’s gone to the next level.” Before the overhaul, Ciesla had several major issues, but each was rescued by simple yet effective solutions that can be applied to any closet.

Solution 2: Make It Practical Small handbags and evening bags were moved to the inside of a cabinet, and larger bags were stuffed to preserve their form and lined up on a diagonal so that Ciesla could see what she had and grab it.

Problem 3: Excess Admittedly or not, we are all guilty of holding onto items just because. Ciesla had pieces that she hadn’t used in ages: “The thought of ‘I will wear them again one day’ kept me from purging. I needed a nudge.”

Solution 3: Let Go Ottenstein swears by her “too rule.” If it’s too tight or too loose, too trendy or too outdated, get it out the door as fast as you can—and an added benefit is that it may go to a person who could actually use it. Ciesla wound up consigning 10 scarves, 12 tops and 18 pieces of costume jewelry, and she donated more than 20 items to charity. “It’s a process of reassessing your needs,” Ottenstein says. Ciesla adds, “I’m relieved knowing that I’ll actually wear what’s in my closet now.”

Spring cleaning is more about lessons learned through the act than the final result. “Getting organized is liberating because you realize what’s important and what’s not, and you see what you really need and don’t need,” Ottenstein says. “One of the things I always tell my clients is that what you own does not define who you are.”

Extreme Makeover, Marla Edition If you feel you’re at the point of no return, or if you just need that extra push, Marla Ottenstein is at the ready. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and lifesaver for the worst closet cases, Ottenstein does everything from home organizing to downsizing to aiding clients on moving day—all to make life a little easier. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 239-597-6277 or go to


Scott D. Haltzman, M.D. A staff psychiatrist at Naples’ David Lawrence Center since last year, Haltzman relocated to the Paradise Coast after many years as a professor and therapist in Brown University’s hospital system, and our town is lucky to have him. Aside from seeing patients, he’s a prolific author, having penned “The Secrets of” series, which includes: The Secrets of Happily Married Men, The Secrets of Happily Married Women and The Secrets of Happy Families. This June, the be-all and end-all in the medical publishing world, Johns Hopkins University Press, is releasing Haltzman’s fourth tome, The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity. n  Why

did you choose infidelity as the topic for your latest work? After completing my first three books, I knew I had to return to this issue because I felt so few people knew how to get control of their relationships and marriages when struck with infidelity. n  How have you come to view the writing process? The experience overall has been tremendously rewarding. I always dreamed of making a positive impact on people’s lives as a doctor, and I believe I have. But writing books has allowed me to reach so many more people and help them. n  Are you ultimately an optimist when it comes to relationships? Knowing how to understand marriage and what to do with that understanding does not come naturally, but given some direction, marriages can thrive. —Dorothea Hunter Sönne

Join the Club Competitive Golf + Friends = Fitness-fueled fun A healthy rivalry is, well, healthy. In the case of the seventh Inter-Club Challenge sponsored by The Immokalee Foundation (TIF) at The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples, participants from different area clubs can not only score bragging rights for the year by winning the draw, but everyone will walk away knowing they played for a cause—the entry fees benefit TIF, and children in the nonprofit’s programs will be there that day to meet players and learn about the game. (239-430-9122)

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Some don’t like the empty feeling in town once the crowds of season have flocked back north, but we like to take a glass-half-full attitude and see it for the perks that come with living here year-round. With fewer tourists whose mantra is relax, relax, relax, spas in particular draw more locals because appointments are easier to come by and after such a busy few months, we’re the ones who need to unwind. One place on our radar right now is The Spa at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. It recently became the only den of Zen in the entire Sunshine State to carry the June Jacobs Spa Collection, a haute skin-care line rich in natural antioxidants, like tea and berries, and free of parabens, dyes and preservatives. Plus the spa has introduced a few incentives for May and June, including 20 percent off a 50-minute massage and discounted group services like the Friends and Family package and a half-day combo featuring a facial, mani and pedi. With Mother’s Day on May 12, we think we’ve already got our gift in the bag. (239-659-4304)

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Immerse yourself in the gold and purple dust of evening as it descends over the ancient bald cypresses of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary ( during its new After Hours program, held once a month through July. For each event, the sanctuary stays open until 9 p.m. and features guided and independent boardwalk excursions, learning stations, telescopes, quiet zones and music in the nature center, as well as presentations by naturalists. The learning themes for May 22, June 21 and July 12 are “Reptiles & Frogs,” “Summer Solstice” and “Moths, Fireflies & Ghost Orchid,” respectively. One recent visitor reported feeling “a primeval pull from the forest, seductive and scary at the same time.” The swamp, ever mysterious, turns out to be even more intriguing at night.





The Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls plays—one night only— at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on May 22. (

May 3; Raku & You, May 7, June 25; Bling it On, May 15, June 19; Student Showcase, high school student exhibit, May 17; Last Thursday Art Walk, Promenade at Bonita Bay, May 30;

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“South Florida: A Villager’s View” at the Marco Island Historical Museum shows work by Tara O’Neill through June 27. (

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida— Nature walks at Tigertail Beach, Marco Island, Clam Pass, Naples, and Briggs Boardwalk at Rookery Bay, visit website for dates; Gallery on Fifth at Mercato, Naples— Around the Canvas in One Hour, live show with Alexander Solotzew creating a mixed-media work, May 1; Dancing With Russians, view and learn traditional folk dances, June 5; Guess-Fisher Gallery, Crayton Cove— Art After Dark, art and refreshments with the Galleries of Crayton Cove, May 11; 239-659-2787.

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The “Florida Contemporary 2013” Exhibit May 4 to July 7 at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art COVERS REALISM TO ABSTRACT art. (THEPHIL.ORG)

Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples—Adolf Dehn in the Caribbean, through May 4; Journeyman Photography Gallery, Naples—Image presentations: Our Wild Gulf Coast, May 2, Under an African Sky, May 16, Alaska: Kodiak, Aleutians, Denali, May 23, Costa Rica, May 30; Open House, May 3; 239-260-5771. Marco Island Center for the Arts— Found Objects art exhibit, May 6-29; 239-394-4221. Marco Island Historical Museum— Shorebirds of South Florida, photography exhibit, June 39-Aug. 31; Marco Island Historical Society— Monthly meeting, May 7, June 4, Rose History Auditorium;

It’s two hot Although Kassie DePaiva claims nerves are fueling her preparation for her upcoming stage gig with

Trudy Labell Fine Art hosts “Outdoor Art, works for outdoor living spaces,” with Luigi Cassinelli photos on aluminum and Susan Rankin and Karen Buhler glass sculptures, May 1 to June 30. (

TheatreZone (, the longtime star of daytime drama One Life to Live is a show-biz veteran. She’s starring alongside fellow soap star and husband Jim DePaiva in the musical 110 In the Shade at the G&L Theatre on the grounds of the Community School of Naples May 2 to 12. We talked with her about the show, as well as the return of the much-beloved soap opera to the Web. Glass sculpture, Susan Rankin

Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center—Latin American Art Exhibition (held in conjunction with ArtNaples World Festival 2013) and Words, Signs and Symbols: A Themed NAA Member Exhibition, through June 1; Dogs I’ve Nosed, photographs of dogs by Jack Kenner, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Naples, through July 22; Naples Daily News Photographers, reception June 14, exhibit June 15-Aug. 3; Camera USA: National Photography Award 2013 reception June 14, exhibit June 15-Aug. 16; Naples Historical Society at Historic Palm Cottage—Tours of Historic Palm Cottage, Tuesdays through Saturdays; guided tours of the Norris Gardens, first and third Thursdays; walking tours of the Historic District, Wednesdays; 239-261-8164. Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art—Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, and Multiplicity, through July 7; Fifth Annual Student Exhibition, May 11-July 7; Art After Hours, free admission, 6 to 9 p.m., May 29; 239-597-1900. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve—Living Waters: Black & White Photography by Clyde Butcher, May 2-Nov. 14;

NI: Among your many experiences singing and acting on the big screen, in daytime television, and on stage, what is one of the most memo-

Rosen Gallery & Studios, rable moments? Naples—Expressions of ImpresDePaiva: Probably the most memorable for me sions, landscape and figurative was singing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was 18. works on canvas and paper by That was one of the most exciting things I’ve been Nancy Wood-Woltz, through May able to do as a performer. 7; Clay: Hand Building & Raku How is sharing your life on Kassie and Jim DePaiva Techniques, five-week class, and offstage with Jim? Monday evenings or Thursday The many years I worked afternoons; 239-821-1061. with him at One Life to Live had good times and bad


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Cambier Park, Naples— Outdoor Movie Night, May 18; 239-213-3054.

someone in your life who completely understands where you are coming from both professionally and

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs—Film Night, 8 Women, May 13; The Other Side of the Street, May 27;

personally. I know that I couldn’t be the woman or the actress that I am without his support. Tell us about coming to do 110 in the Shade. We are very excited about it. I am a little nervous

Naples International Film Festival—NIFF Film Society Summer Series, movie plus refreshments and film discussion, June 11, Silverspot Cinema at Mercato;

because this is my first play/musical since high school. You can just imagine how anxious I am! I want it to be definitely second nature, so I don’t get up there and panic. You can’t say “cut” and start over on the stage. You just have to kind of go with it! What’s happening with One Life to Live? We are shooting half-hour episodes as opposed to


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Angelina’s Ristorante, Bonita Springs—Half-Price Wines Special, half off all bottles up to $75 with an entrée, May 1-Sept. 28;

the Online Network and iTunes starting in late spring. Do you have other passions besides acting? I am passionate about life in general. I love socializing with friends. I love snow skiing in the winter and playing tennis in the summer. I love my family. I am also very passionate about trying to bring awareness

Coconut Point Mall, Estero—Dog’s Nite Out, socializing with fourlegged friends, raffles, and adoptions

to newborn screening and hearing issues because my son was born deaf. —Melanie Hembree




May 24-25; Festival of Great Organ Music, June 9; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples—ArtsNaples World Festival, Antonio Madruga Trio, May 12 and 14; Seminole Casino Immokalee—Country star Jo Dee Messina, May 11; 800-218-0007. Allegro Moderato, Alexei Tivetsky

Gallery on Fifth at Mercato and the Russian Cultural Center team up for “White Nights and Black Magic,” An exposition of Russian art inspired by the short summer nights of the country, Plus an Opening performance by the Naples String Quartet with refreshments on May 15 (cocktail attire preferred). (239-596-8404)

The von Liebig Art Center, Naples— ArtsNaples World Festival Concerts: pianists Priscilla Navarro, May 10, Antonio Madruga, May 11, guitarist Rene Gonzalez, May 12, pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, May 13;

SPEAKERS & SEMINARS through the Gulf Coast Humane Society, May 2; 239-992-9966. Fifth Avenue South, Naples—Evening on Fifth, shopping, dining and live music, May 9, June 13, 25; 239-692-8436. Grace Lakes Florist, Naples—Wedding Wednesdays, showcasing a different floral theme for each event, with wedding pros presenting their skills and goods, refreshments included, May 8 and 22, June 12 and 26; Marilyn’s Distinctive European Fashions, Naples—Preparing Your Closet for Summer Dressing, May 15, The Power of Fashion in Dressing for Success, June 12, seminars with Marilyn Hellman; Third Street South, Naples—Thursdays on Third, shopping, dining, live entertainment, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 20; Farmers Market, Saturday mornings, parking lot behind Tommy Bahama; 239-434-6533. Village on Venetian Bay, Naples— Dancing by the Fountain, May 30, June 27;


MUSIC Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers—Crosby, Stills & Nash, May 14; Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, May 22; Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center—Erich Kunzel Concert Series, May 1, Naples Botanical Garden; 239-454-1454.

Coconut Point Mall, Estero—Coconut Point of View Book Club, author Erika Robuck, Hemingway’s Girl, May 27; 239992-9966. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples— After Hours, the boardwalk and nature center open until 9 p.m. for themed educational and cultural presentations and Alan Darcy

Cambier Park, Naples—Naples Dixieland Jazz Band, May 12; Salvation Army Band, May 18; 239-597-3240. Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs— Live! Uptown Express, May 16, Promenade at Bonita Bay; Germain Arena, Estero—REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent, May 1; Darius Rucker, May 9; Moorings Park, Naples—Memorial Day Observation, Fort Myers Mastersingers, May 24; 239-643-9111. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—Beethoven’s Fifth, May 2-4; Wild, Witty, Wonderful, chamber music, May 7; All That Jazz, May 15, June 13; Youth Chorale Recital, May 18; Patriotic Pops,

The annual SummerJazz on the Gulf free concert series Kicks off June 15 with the Alan Darcy Group on the Watkins Lawn at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. (239-261-2222)

arship Fund for college-bound Collier County young women, Ridgway Bar & Grill, Naples;

tours, Reptiles & Frogs, May 22, Summer Solstice, June 21;

SPECIAL EVENTS, MAY 4 American Heart Association, Southwest Florida Heart Ball, themed “White Out Heart Disease,” live and silent auction, fine dining and entertainment, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs; 239-495-4911. 4 Community School of Naples, Savor the Flavor, annual fundraiser with area restaurant food samples, drinks, a silent auction, raffles, dancing and music, benefits the school’s performing arts program; 4 Naples Junior Women’s Club, Derby Dash, mint juleps, hors d’oeuvres, derby attire, proceeds benefit the club’s Schol-

10 ArtsNaples World Festival, Gala Opening Celebration, Latin fusion cuisine, fine wines and cocktails from South America, Hispanic art, music and dance, Naples Sailing & Yacht Club; 10 Champions for Learning (formerly Education Foundation of Collier County), Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers, awards dinner, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 239-643-4755. 11 National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, leave canned or dried goods next to your mailbox for collection or bring to the post office for local food banks;

23 Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation, Awards Banquet for Collier County high school scholar/athletes, featuring keynote speaker Brian Kelly, head football coach for Notre Dame, Waldorf Astoria Naples; 239-262-7171. 29 Everglades City Independence Day Celebration and Parade, kids’ contests, food, Art-in-the-Glades sale and more, Everglades City; 239-695-3781.

SPORTS, MAY 3 Grace Place for Children & Families, Grace Place Charity Golf Tournament, reception dinner, prizes, drawings, awards, Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club; 239-455-2707. 3-5 16th Annual Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament, anglers compete to catch


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redfish, snook and trout, awards and parties, proceeds benefit the Gene Doyle Adventure Scholarship for Collier County high school students, various locations; 4 “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Catch, Release & Care Tournament, includes information and education about responsible sportsmanship, participation by author Randy Wayne White, after party at Silver King, Sanibel Island, proceeds benefit wildlife conservation efforts at the “Ding” Darling Refuge on Sanibel Island; 4 Redlands Christian Migrant Association Inc., The Lipman Golf Classic, Naples Heritage Golf Club; 239-658-3560, ext. 242. 5 Fed Cup V, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Collier County, golf event for all ages and skills to benefit Jewish kids and teens going to camp or traveling to Israel, TwinEagles, Naples; 239-777-1451. 6 Royal Palm Academy, Eighth Annual Golf Classic, students share box lunches with golfers, dinner buffet, silent auction, raffle, prizes, Golf Club of the Everglades; 239-594-9888. 6 The Immokalee Foundation, TIF Inter-Club Challenge, seventh annual golf tournament pits golf club against golf club in a friendly rivalry to benefit children in Immokalee, The Old Collier Golf Club, Naples; 239-430-9122. 9 Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Third Annual HCFB Golf Classic, silent auction, awards and dinner, Grandezza Golf & Country Club, Estero; 239-334-7007, ext. 127. 11 37th Annual Great Dock Canoe Race, theme: Animal House, races for all levels, Best Dressed Theme Canoe Competition, The Dock at Crayton Cove; 239-494-8875. 118  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

For a unique travel experience in France, go with connoisseurs. Lisa and Philippe Boët of Chez Boët in Naples are combining a weekend in Paris with a luxury chartered barge cruise on the Southern Rhone to explore Provence, June 7 to 15. (239-595-7002)

14-16 Naples Beach Paddle Fest, paddleboard sprint, distance and relay races, on-site equipment exhibits and demonstrations, a film screening, live music on the lawn and more, hosted by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 239-776-0412. 25 Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation, Puttin’ on the Ritz Golf and Gala, The RitzCarlton Golf Resort, Naples; 239-216-2363.

SPORTS, JUNE 2 The 27th Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club;

THEATER/DANCE Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers—American Idiot, musical featuring songs by Green Day, May 16; Daniel Tosh: The June Gloom Tour, June 28; Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs— Live! Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre,

May 2-3; Youth Theatre: Peter Pan the Musical, May 10-11; Locals Live! open mic night, May 30, Promenade at Bonita Bay; Germain Arena, Estero—Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall, May 2; Island Theater Company, Marco Island—Mama Won’t Fly, May 3-5, Rose History Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Museum; 239-394-0080. The Naples Players—The Mousetrap, through May 11; Etc. Readers Theatre, “What Every Woman Knows,” May 5; Stage 2 Improv, May 31-June 22; Les Misérables, June 28-July 28; Sugden Community Theatre; 239-263-7990. u


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What: The second annual edition of the show brought more than 60 world-class exhibitors and rare collections to the city for a five-day event with more than 16,000 patrons attending. The festivities began with a private opening night preview featuring Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Venue: Naples Exhibition Center tent at Goodlette-Frank Road South A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event. 1. Terry and Bob Edwards, Karen Scott 2. Bette and John Aymar 3. Myra Janco Daniels 4. Jarred and Melissa Kaplan 5. Scott Diament, Liliya Zyma 6. Andrea Cameron, Al Djindil 7. Paula and Dermot McNulty

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UNITED ARTS COUNCIL OF COLLIER COUNTY What: The eighth annual Stars in the Arts luncheon honored Jack O’Brien, Dallas Dunnagan, Chuck Gottschalk, Eva Sugden Gomez, Glenn Basham, and Simone and Scott Lutgert. The award recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership in the arts. Venue: Waldorf Astoria Naples A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event.


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NAPLES GARDEN CLUB What: The sixtieth annual House and Garden Tour brought hundreds of attendees to view beautiful homes and landscapes in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and Old Naples and raise funds for scholarships and community projects. Venue: Naples Botanical Garden and four private homes in Naples A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event.


1. Peggy Coniglio, Sondra Quinn 2. Thelma Jarvis, Lynn Langford, Diane Yeates 3. Kay Botko, Roberta Ross, Susan Haley, Diane Cooley 4. Kathleen Hawryluk, Fifi MacMahon, Arlene Cluff, Raynelle Perkins 5. Beverly Metcalf, Bette Aymar, Susan Mainwaring, Eileen Mann, Bobbie Juster, Dusti Beaubien, Mary Elizabeth Beadle, Carole Giegerich 6. Linda Heaps, Ann Cool, Nancy Murtaugh, Carol Naussbaum, Barb Enneking 7. Janice Miller, Marilyn Sherwood, Doris Grayson, Pam Reilly

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HUMANE SOCIETY NAPLES What: The thirteenth annual Pet Lovers Gala, themed “Tails & Tiaras,” was a festive evening with many guests accompanied by four-legged friends. The party featured beautiful decor by Garden District, live entertainment and awards. Among the honorees were Jay and Patty Baker, recipients of the Walter Turken Award for Animal Welfare, who announced a $1 million pledge and challenge grant. Venue: Naples Botanical Garden A Naples Illustrated-sponsored event.

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4 TWINEAGLES What: The golf community held a grand opening event to unveil a luxurious new Community Pool and Fitness Center and pre­sent 10 model homes. Festivities included a live radio broadcast, entertainment by the Patricia Dean Trio and Sinatra singalike Tony Avalon, showgirls, casino-style games, refreshments by Jamie & Jacob Catering, trolley tours and prize drawings. Venue: The new recreational center at TwinEagles


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What: “Monte Carlo Comes to Naples” was the theme of the 2013 Community Celebration. The fundraising event was a kickoff for the 2013 campaign, and the evening recognized the incorporation of the Jewish Federation 21 years ago, as well as the sixty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. Nearly 200 people attended the party, which included cocktails, dinner and dessert, casino gaming, live music and dancing. Venue: Grey Oaks Country Club 1. Abbie Sladick, Ellen Wollman, Paul Sladick, Edward Wollman 2. Andrea Tretter, Fern Jaffe, Hilary Feldman 3. Dan and Linda Carp, Rosalee and Jerry Bogo 4. Gerald and Barbara Flagel 5. Jacqui Aizenshtat, Beth Grossman, Phyllis Seaman 6. Norman and Helene Krivosha, Nancy Greenberg


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Ten years ago, Rey Pezeshkan and his wife, Linda, attended a seminar about the impact of alcohol and drug use in the workplace. Pezeshkan, founder of architecture and design firm PK Studios, listened as the speaker discussed not business, but escalating drug use among children. “The take away was that more kids were experimenting with drugs and at an earlier age,” he says. “All of these kids would be employees one day.” According to the 2012 Collier County Youth Survey, more than 67 percent of high school and 35 percent of middle school students used alcohol or illicit drugs. Both statistics exceed the state average. “How do you protect what you care about the most?” asks Pezeshkan, father to Nicholas, 16. “My goal became connecting with businesses and establishing education and prevention programs that touched the greatest numbers of young people. Stigma kept this issue behind closed doors for so long. We must talk about the problem if we want to solve it.” Pezeshkan helped launch Drug Free Collier, an organization dedicated to preventing and reducing juvenile substance abuse, and has served on the board since its 2006 founding. He has been involved for years with the David Lawrence Center and Hazelden also. In addition to Pezeshkan’s financial support and fundraising for these organizations, his firm provided design services for numerous projects for the David Lawrence Center and the design of In March, Hazelden hosted a community luncheon honoring Pezeshkan for his role in the prevention and treatment of addiction in Southwest Florida. “Rey Pezeshkan has worked hard to elevate awareness of drug and alcohol abuse in our community,” says Brenda Iliff, M.A., executive director of Hazelden in Naples. “Rey is a genuine public servant who deserves recognition for his leadership in drug education and addiction awareness.” “I am honored to represent all the volunteers in this town who fight substance abuse,” says Pezeshkan. “There is no greater reward than to change a life and make it better. The best gift you can give to a community is the safety and well-being of children.” u


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