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Oscar de la Renta gown, House of Lavande jewelry, Marissa Collections, Naples

FEATURES

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GLAM NOIR Dramatic black and white fashion shines in a fantasy setting. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIAN ANDREA DI STEFANO

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AGED TO PERFECTION The Naples Winter Wine Festival enters its second decade. BY KATHY BECKER

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WYNNTER WONDERLAND The annual Wynn family holiday gathering features favorite dishes loved by multiple generations. BY KATHY BECKER

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BARN RAISING Don and Kathy Steininger’s home is filled with items from their native Indiana. BY KATHY BECKER


CHOPARD

Saks loves glowing with the flow.

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DECEMBER 2009

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CHARISMA 33

Q&A Charlene Tilton

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Cameos James Lilliefors, Jill Taylor, Jacque Urso and Ellen Chaney

PURSUITS

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Advisory Board

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From the Publisher

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From the Editor

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Social Observer

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ON THE COVER: Naeem Khan gown, available by special order, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples; comb, Leah C. Couture Millinery, New York, leahc.com; jewelry, House of Lavande, Marissa Collections, Naples Photography by Gian Andrea Di Stefano

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Trends Gold and silver

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First Class Colonial Williamsburg

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High Road The Lexus of supercars

TASTE 43

Dish A classic by The Grill at The RitzCarlton, Naples

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Dining Out Amore Ristorante, Naples

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Spirits Fine spirits

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Tastemakers Stephen Webster

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Tastemakers Philip Douglas

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Treasure Colorful gems

116 Calendar

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Most Wanted Gifts for all

GIVING BACK

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Elements Cool home electronics

128 Home Run Rusty Staub

AGENDA 114 Art Scene

123 Social Observer


Publisher Ronald J. Woods Associate Publisher Kaleigh Grover Editorial Director Daphne Nikolopoulos EDITORIAL Editor Kathy Becker Managing Editor Kat Smith Fashion & Style Director Katherine Lande Automotive Editor Howard Walker Wine & Spirits Editor Mark Spivak DESIGN Design Director Olga M. Gustine Art Directors Reynaldo Martin, Diana Ramírez Associate Art Director Jorge Márquez Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez-Maza Contributing Writers: Sarah FK Coble, Michelle M. Havich, Robert Ragaini, Lola Thélin, Chelle Koster Walton, Christina Wells Contributing Photographers/Artists: Gian Andrea Di Stefano, Robert Nelson, Jerry Rabinowitz, Vanessa Rogers, Gareth Rockliffe, Roland Scarpa ADVERTISING Account Managers Donna Egdes, 239-298-7510, degdes@naplesillustrated.com Brenda Ruth, 239-298-7506, bruth@naplesillustrated.com Linda Sciuto, 239-298-7511, lsciuto@naplesillustrated.com National Account Manager Julie Stanford, 561-472-1915, jstanford@palmbeachmedia.com Advertising Services Manager Shalyn Ormsby, 239-298-7512, sormsby@naplesillustrated.com Subscriptions Marjorie Leiva, 561-472-1910, mleiva@palmbeachmedia.com

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December 13 – 19 Holiday Gift With Purchase Bring $1,000 worth of same day receipts from your favorite Waterside Shops stores and receive a $25 gift card.

Holiday Lounge Opening Black Friday Be one of the first 200 people on Black Friday to bring your receipts totaling $500 or more and receive a gift from The Garden District and Waterside Shops. The lounge will be open during shopping hours between J. Crew-at-the-Beach and Chico’s for the entire holiday season.

Pavilion Activities Shopping at Waterside Shops becomes music to your ears as local musicians perform throughout the day.

Extended Holiday Shopping Hours Enjoy the gift of more time. Visit www.watersideshops.com for extended shopping hours.

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NAPLES ILLUSTRATED ADVISORY BOARD Gary Bigham

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BIGHAM JEWELERS

Mary Briggs

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VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING GREY OAKS REALTY

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NCH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

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DIRECTOR BNY MELLON REGIONAL

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FAMILY TRADITION s we approach the peak of the holiday season, I am struck by the number of people—more than in recent memory—who have told us how much they’re looking forward to this month. It would be easy to take the cynical viewpoint and say it’s because they can’t wait for such a turbulent year to end. While there might be a grain of truth in that notion, it isn’t a complete explanation. Instead, I have noticed something else in those conversations that warms my heart. I cannot begin to count how many of them have expressed an earnest desire for the purest of holiday pleasures—simply spending good times in the company of family and friends. Not long ago, such sentiments might have been considered obligatory, and often would be accompanied by vacation itineraries or party plans and mild gripes about the “hassles” of shopping, travel and other obligations. I haven’t heard much of that this year. It seems as if the comparatively minor details have taken a backseat, and a genuine need to bond with the people who matter most has taken priority. That’s a wonderful thing, because our most lasting holiday memories are of the gatherings, celebrations and moments we share with family and friends. To be sure, we’ll be doing our usual share of shopping, traveling and partying this year, but I expect we’ll be doing it with a greater sense of perspective about what’s truly important in our lives. It is much the same here at Palm Beach Media Group. For me, December is always a time for introspection, a chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future, and an opportunity to think about PBMG’s own “family.” That broad-ranging word embraces so many people—the talented staff members who produce this magazine, the valuable advertising partners who support their efforts, and the exceptional readership it serves. Collectively, they make Naples Illustrated a reality through diligent work, essential backing and positive response. Together, this is a unique, tight-knit clan, with each branch of our “family tree” important in its own way. This year, like every other, we extend our warmest holiday wishes to our cherished family, and pledge to continue focusing our efforts on those who mean so much to us. May the season bring you joy. See you in the new year.

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or some, 2009 may go down in their personal history as a year they would rather forget. I’ll refrain from becoming another media outlet with a doom-and-gloom list, because I’d rather point out numerous reasons why it has been a good year, indeed. Longtime businesses like those shepherded by second- and third-generation family members (and lots of extended family members), such as the Wynns, remain stalwarts of the business community because of their values and traditions. Celebrate a typical Wynn Christmas on page 64. The Naples Winter Wine Festival had another successful auction to benefit the area’s children, bringing the total to $74.5 million raised, something to celebrate at the festival’s tenth anniversary in 2010. Take a look at the festival’s legacy on page 56, and find out why people, including retired Major League Baseball star Rusty Staub, support the cause, page 128. The Marco Island Art Association celebrated 40 years (page 114) of promoting art and culture. The Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art opened its tenth anniversary season, and Patty Baker, a Broadway producer (along with other Naples investors), opened Blithe Spirit and Memphis in New York while at the same time planning a gala fashion event to benefit the Naples Players in February. We celebrated (with a week’s worth of events!) the opening of the Naples Botanical Garden, sure to bring a verdant spotlight onto Naples with the world-class landscapes. There are more exciting openings to come. This year, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida broke ground on its sustainable campus, parts of which will open in 2010 and provide a shining example of ways we all can be kinder to the planet. The Children’s Museum of Naples also broke ground and will open in the spring with its state-of-the-art, fully handicapped-accessible magnet for learning and exploration. In November, the inaugural Naples International Film Festival had the community abuzz. Many businesses opened, with Mercato becoming a northern hub of activity, while SeaSalt and other businesses kept things lively on Third Street South. St. John, Ferragamo, De Beers, Van Cleef & Arpels and other stores opened in Waterside Shops. Marissa Collections launched its popular style sessions during the summer, and Truluck’s opened for fashion-show lunches. The Rotary Club of Naples held a no-stress-zone yoga weekend that helped feed the hungry via the club’s Kids Against Hunger program—and left more than 200 attendees in a place of peace. There are many more reasons to raise a glass to 2009, and to toast 2010. Count on Naples Illustrated to keep you in the know on all great things during the area’s promising new year.


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CAPITAL CELEBRATION Capital Grille celebrated its first anniversary at Mercato with a gala party, sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Richie Castiano, Peter Lopez 2. Nick Steinbach, Adam English, Dale Kirk, Mark English, Ryan Kowalda 3. Arlene and Jerry Nichols 4. Gil Suarez, Lisa Wilson 5. Steve and Sherry Seligman 6. Les Peterson, Jolene Munzenrieder, Billie Faccinto, Rufino Hernandez 7. Grace and Ted Martin 8. Marie Copley, Dr. Andrew and Tracy Turk 18 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


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hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Angela’s Fine Cuisine, wine, a fine art presentation by Frank Russen of The Englishman Gallery, and a silent auction. 1. Randolph Locke 2. William Noll, JoAnn Smallwood, Robin Frank 3. Steffanie Pearce 4. Carol Sparrow

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TRENDS PRECIOUS METAL Add shine this holiday with silver and gold accessories.

PHOTO MONTAGE: LEONOR ALVAREZ-MAZA

BY KATHERINE LANDE

Gold bow ring, Kate Spade, Waterside Shops, Naples; sequined handbag, Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops; gold leather clutch, Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com; Oscar de la Renta clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti heel, Marissa Collections, Naples

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ROCK MASTER Stephen Webster of the London-based jewelry brand blends his love for traditional craftsmanship with his passion for contemporary music, fashion and art to produce modern and unconventional jewelry. At 16, he attended a jewelry and silversmith

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course at Medway College of Design. He trained under Tony Sheperd, a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses. Twice he was asked to set the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy. During the past few years, he has designed unique pieces for Madonna, Sharon Stone, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Pink and Christina Aguilera. He has also

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made jewelry for Elton John, Jay-Z, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Michael Stipe.

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Webster will be at Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, December 10. —Lola Thélin

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a magician who wanted a solid

AMUSING Christina Aguilera is

gold index finger to replace a digit

his muse. “She and I have been

he lost in a car crash.

close friends for many years and she has been a real source of

CLOTHES-MINDED Stephen says

inspiration for me. Both she and

there is no “typical” woman he

my jewelry are all about glamour,

designs for. His jewelry goes with

so it’s easy to design collections

CHEERING SECTION “All of my

anything stylish, from H&M jeans

with her in mind.”

work is a reflection of my person-

to a Gucci jacket. “I just love

ality. Within all of them there is a

seeing women of all ages, shapes

TRADING SPACES When he

vibrancy. I am a cheery fellow.”

and sizes wearing our pieces with

opened the flagship store in

confidence and pleasure.” As

Mayfair, his taxidermy collection

BASE NOTES Music inspired him

for his own style, he wears John

made the walls and display cases,

before the current rock ‘n’ roll

Richmond and Ozwald Boateng,

and inspired some home items,

glamour trend. “A lot of inspiration

and a new label called Blak Wren.

like a clock between the jaws of a

comes from music and the whole

His favorite item is a Vivienne

great white shark with black teeth

world that revolves around it, and

Westwood coat given to him by

and rose-cut Swarovski crystals. A

I’m lucky that a lot of music stars

Mick Jones of the Clash.

crocodile skull has gem-set gold Swarovski crystals. “This is my tip

have embraced my jewelry.”

1. The Clash 2. Christina Aguilera 3. Jewels Verne titanium Fighting Fish brooch 4. John Richmond

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ROCK ON On Stephen’s iPod are

for interior designers looking for

PLAYING FAVORITES Stephen

David Bowie, Groove Armada, The

new inspiration—find something

likes the one-of-a-kind Fighting

Rotten Hill Gang, Santana, Dirty

dark and dead. A crab is a good

Fish pieces in titanium, inspired

Pretty Things, Johnny Cash, The

example. Give it some gloss paint.

by Japanese koi tattoos, in his lat-

Who, Nina Simone, Faithless, Nick

Highlight parts, maybe the claws

est collection, The Jewels Verne.

Cave, Jimi Hendrix, Roxy Music,

and legs, with small black crystals,

The Smiths, The Clash, The Rac-

then pick out a pattern in the shell

PRESTO! DIGITATION The strang-

onteurs, INXS, The White Stripes,

with gold opaque or clear crystals.

est design request he had was by

Amy Winehouse, Eurythmics ...

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SHOWTIME Celebrities (and fortunate Neapolitans) have known about the star power of hair, makeup and skin-care guru Philip Douglas for many years. During the past several months, his star has risen higher with the filming for five shows (with more planned) on Designing Spaces’ Beauty Spaces to air on the Home & Garden, TLC and Style channels. Borghese Cosmetics named him national beauty expert to reopen the Borghese boutique in the completely made-over first floor of the New York Bloomingdale’s in October. Philip will also tour the country, making personal appearances for the venerable beauty company. He talked to NI about beauty of J MARK STRONG

all kinds. —Kathy Becker

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BEFORE BEAUTY Growing up,

When he was a high school

ONE FOR THE ROAD The one

Philip was an artist, painting

junior, a clay sculpture he made

skin-care essential that shouldn’t

Egyptian faces on the wall of

won first prize at an art fair.

be overlooked is an SPF product

his garage, going to art schools.

“Drawing on canvas is much like

for face and body several times

When he was in fourth grade,

putting makeup on a face.”

a day. His two basic makeup items for women are mascara

he won a statewide contest

and lipstick.

sponsored by the Boston Globe

LIGHT His favorite painter is

with his papier-mâché giraffe now

Pierre-Auguste Renoir because of

in the permanent exhibit at the

his ability to catch the essence

SELF HELP Philip uses three

Children’s Museum in Moscow.

of his subjects in his portraits.

basic Borghese products for his

Renoir’s use of light, and convey-

own skin-care regimen: mask,

ing the way that light reflects on

Fango Active Mud for Face and

the subject, is like doing hair and

Body; scrub, Pelle Rinnovo Skin

makeup. “The light around you

Renewal Polish; and moisturizer,

is reflected on you,” Philip says.

Crema Straordinaria Da Giorno

“Color affects all of us, from hair

SPF 25. For hair, he uses Rene

color to makeup.”

Furterer Okara blue shampoo.

CAUSE CELEBRE He has styled

HAIRLINE This season’s trend

Nancy Reagan, Reba McEntire,

is sleek and smooth. “I love

Michelle Pfeiffer, Joan Collins,

hair that’s simple to do. What’s

Diana Muldaur and Carly Simon,

the benefit of the best precise

among others. One favorite

technical haircut if they can’t

celebrity client is author Janet

reproduce the look at home?”

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Evanovich. “She’s turned into a

A good client is someone who lets you bring out the best in them 1. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth 2. Janet Evanovich 3. Borghese Beauty skin care products 4. Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

very good friend.”

is acting as psychologist. “I’ve BOOK LIST With clients includ-

been told a lot of things I can

ing authors Evanovich and Sue

never repeat. Something about

Monk Kidd, Philip says his home

shampooing someone’s hair that

is becoming like a library. He

they start to spill it. I could write

has two or three of Evanovich’s

From Under the Hair Dryer.”

books on his reading list, and is working through the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. He 4

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HEY, BARTENDER Part of his job

just finished The Last Lecture.

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DEEP BLUE SEA The best-dressed mermaids are sporting this beautiful shell bracelet by Jean Schlumberger, which features sapphires, emeralds and diamonds set in platinum and 18-karat white gold. ($305,000, Tiffany & Co., Waterside Shops, Naples, 239-592-6188, tiffany.com)

COLOR YOUR WORLD FILL YOUR JEWELRY BOX WITH A RAINBOW OF GEMSTONES. BY MICHELLE M. HAVICH

CHAMPAGNE DREAMS Each Autumn Bouquet ring from De Beers’ Champagne Cocktail Fizz collection is a one-of-akind piece with marquise- and pear-shaped yellow, pink and orange diamonds set in 18-karat gold and platinum. ($55,000, De Beers, Waterside Shops, Naples, 239-2547989, debeers.com)

GREEN WITH ENVY Tourmaline and 14-karat yellow gold with diamond earrings have interchangeable top and bottom for versatility. ($6,100 Cleopatra’s Barge Fine Jewelry, Naples, 239-2617952, cleopatrasbarge.com)

RAINBOW BRIGHT

ROYAL PURPLE A ring fit for a queen, this stunner from di Modolo’s Triadra Oblong collection features a 13.25-carat amethyst highlighted by yellow and white pavé diamonds set in 18karat yellow gold. ($9,950 Mayors, Coconut Point, Estero, 239-948-5435, mayors.com)

Eclat Jewels’ one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold semiprecious stone and diamond necklace features tourmalines, tanzanite, spinel, Mandarin garnet, aqua, peridot, beryl, iolite and 1,302 diamonds. (Price available upon request, Yamron Jewelers, Naples, 239-592-7707, eclatjewels.com)

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WISH LIST GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE BY KATHY BECKER

CHEESE WIZ Antique majolica bamboo-style cheesekeeper is English, circa 1880. ($625, Pure Design, Naples, 239-775-4057, puredesignofnaples.com)

BLING CLINK Raise a bejeweled Champagne glass from the Alan Lee Collection that sparkles as much as the bubbly your pour into it. ($85, Fabec-Young & Co., The Village on Venetian Bay, Naples, 239-649-5501)

GOOD ON PAPER Sharpen up with a Game of Memory featuring drawings from the Émile Hermès collection. ($215, Hermès, Waterside Shops, Naples, 239-592-9227, hermes.com) 28 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

CHAMBER MADE Verdigris bronze tree, nautilus shell and silver lizard with pin shell inlays make a dramatic statement in your chambers. ($410, Bay Design Store, Naples, 239-6490906, baydesignstore.com)


SPIN THE WHEEL This Louis Vuitton Casino Trunk makes playing games ultra-chic. (By special order only, 866VUITTON)

IN THE CLUTCH The best-selling Kingston Clutch doubles as a small shoulder bag with gold chain. ($165, J. McLaughlin, Naples, 239-435-0888, jmclaughlin.com)

SWEET SOUVENIR While in Florida, why not celebrate the season with a shell flower brooch that recalls pleasant walks on the beach? ($106, Jami’s Contemporary Shops, Naples, 239-262-4299, jamis-jcc.com)

SLIP ON Cooler weather calls for cozy cotton slippers. ($650, Ralph Lauren, Waterside Shops, Naples, 239-594-8116, ralphlauren.com)

MARK THE SPOT Panther rectangular bookmark is crafted in Christofle silver and finished with an elegant tassel. ($58, Pavillon Christofle, Waterside Shops, Naples, 239-592-9593, christofle.com) DECEMBER 2009 29


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MODERN LOVE IMPRESS THE TECHIES ON YOUR LIST WITH THESE COOL HOME ELECTRONICS BY MICHELLE M. HAVICH

REALLY BIG SHOW No home theater is complete without the world’s largest high-definition plasma TV. Equivalent to four 50-inch televisions, Panasonic’s TH-103PF9UK model ($49,995) makes movies come to life in your home. (panasonic.com/business/plasma/plasmas.asp)

FLOWER POWER PlanterSpeakers by Madison Fielding ($599-$3,995) are designed for indoor and outdoor use with live or artificial plants and come in terra cotta, flagstone or wood series. House of High Fidelity, Naples (239-262-0100, houseofighfideltiy.com)

LIGHTEN UP Control lights and even window shades all through the house with the touch of a button with Lutron’s HomeWorks total home lighting control system. Price varies. Advanced Audio Design, Naples (239-596-3421, advancedaudiodesign.com)

ARTFUL TUNES Sleek, clean lines make Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 9000 ($5,250) look more like sculpture than a six-CD player. Slip in your favorite discs and it becomes a personalized work of art. Wireless Home Inc., Naples (239774-9434; wirelesshome.com)

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PERFECT VINTAGE Keep track of your wine collection while storing it at the perfect temperature with eSommelier’s wine management system ($8,000-$11,000). The system software will catalog your bottles, so it’s easy to know what you have on hand, and where it is when you are ready to pop open a bottle or two. Criteria of Naples (239-593-1700, criteriahifi.com)


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charisma q&a

SOUTHFORK REVISITED

Charlene Tilton, who played petite firebrand Lucy Ewing on the TV series Dallas, plans to visit Naples at the end of the month to support the J. Timothy Hogan Foundation, serving as the organization’s spokesperson. The foundation was established in 1999 by Pat Scoones in memory of her son, J. Timothy Hogan, on the premise that mental illness begins in childhood and that immediate intervention is essential. It is dedicated to helping children of working families with no resources who desperately need treatment. The group is planning a series of Dallas-related events to kick off its capital campaign to build a clinic for comprehensive, affordable assessment and treatment. For details about the organization and the fundraiser, visit jthogan.com. —Kat Smith ■ What motivated you to support the foundation? My mother was severely mentally ill while I was growing up, so she was in and out of institutions. I know what it means to be misdiagnosed, and if you are not treated what it can do to you. ■ What is your fondest Dallas memory? I think when we did any kind of dining room scene, whether it was a breakfast scene or dinner or whatever, the Ewings sitting down to a meal at the table, just madness and mayhem would ensue. We’d inevitably have food fights and we’d have fun. We worked really hard, but we also had a really good time. And we laughed a lot. ■ Is there a dream part you would like to play, or have played? I loved some of the roles I’ve done on stage. On London’s West End I played Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and [in Los Angeles] I played a quadriplegic in Whose Life is it, Anyway? I got really good reviews. Right now I am working on The Tammy Faye Bakker Story; I’m going to be playing Tammy Faye.

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HATS OFF Naples author James Lilliefors proposes that baseball caps have transcended fad and become a part of our national identity. Indeed, these hats currently represent a $400 million industry. Lilliefors, a former journalist and newspaper editor, published Baseball Cap Nation, a retrospective detailing everything you wanted to know about America’s “national hat,” including its history, manufacturing background, care, collecting and etiquette. Lilliefors has a definitive position on cap popularity: They feed the desire of Americans to believe that no matter what differences exist among them or what life position they play, when wearing a baseball cap, we’re all part of the same team. Baseball Cap Nation follows Lilliefors’ two previous Americana works, America’s Boardwalks and Highway 50: Ain’t That America! —Chris Wells

WELL-DRESSED When Jill Taylor graduated from Florida State University with a degree in clothing and textiles, she planned on becoming a buyer. Her career in retail and custom clothing and her passion for interior design merged, resulting in Taylor’s opening the doors this fall to her own clothing design company, Sartorial Elegance. Her clothes marry fashion and interior design to create what she calls the Upholstered Couture Collection. It is a line of one-of-a-kind, home decor–inspired dresses defining a uniquely sculptured silhouette. “In other words, it is me taking flattering a women’s figure to a true art form,” she says. —C.W.

FIRM FOUNDATION In 1994, Jacque Urso (left in photo), a school educator/administrator, and Ellen Chaney, a school psychologist, came to Naples to retire, but started the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida (PASFI) instead. Urso’s father had Parkinson’s disease, and she wanted to make sure he got appropriate exercise. Under their leadership, PASFI grew quickly, and today provides numerous free programs and services to more than 900 people with Parkinson’s disease and 1,300 family members. Over the past 15 years, Urso and Chaney created one of the top Parkinson’s care centers in the country. Last summer Urso retired from her post as CEO and executive director of PASFI, while Chaney relinquished her role as chairman of the executive board. There’s good news, though; after a well-deserved rest and some long-awaited travel, both have vowed to return, although in less demanding roles. —C.W.

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pursuits

FIRST CLASS

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS

History melds with holiday tradition in Colonial Williamsburg BY ROBERT RAGAINI

To anyone who grew up in New England, Colonial Williamsburg, the famous Virginia restoration, is surprisingly familiar. The clapboard and brick buildings, peaked roofs, dormer windows and neat porches are a form of architecture that still pervades the original colonies. There is something absolutely right about their artful simplicity. Historical reenactments take place daily. In front of the handsome Raleigh Tavern, men in knee breeches, waistcoats

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The Williamsburg Inn Previous page: The Governor's Palace

and capes, and women dressed in petticoats and white bonnets argue about whether to return to being British subjects. Into Duke of Gloucester Street charges a black stallion. Perched imperiously above the crowd, a red-coated officer berates the treacherous deeds of the Continental Congress. The reenactment is a vivid immersion in the turmoil that confronted citizens of what was not yet the United States. On Christmas Eve, Williamsburg’s mayor stands on the steps of the courthouse, gives the order, and a perfect fir tree erupts in white light. Although Christmas trees weren’t introduced in Virginia until Victorian times, Christmas, complete with a tree, has come to Colonial Williamsburg. Historically inaccurate yet beautiful, Christmas wreaths adorn homes and shops. Since the original inhabitants used very little Christmas adornments, the decorations have been added for the ben38 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

efit of tourists who were disappointed at the meager Christmas display when the historic area first opened. Today, apples, pineapples and other fruits add color to pinecones and greenery. On one historic Christmas morning, an eighteenth-century visitor was awakened by a volley of gunshots. Bolting up, he raced downstairs, terrified that the British had returned. It was only “shooting in the Christmas.” Although there is no definitive explanation for the shooting, one idea is that because many colonists lived far from each other, they wished each other Merry Christmas by making the only sound their neighbors could hear. The practice took hold and on the morning of December 25, few inhabitants and visitors of Williamsburg sleep late. I do, though, thanks to one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. It is in the elegant Williamsburg Inn, five blocks from the governor’s palace. If shots are fired, I don’t hear them. Downstairs, chefs prepare for the Christmas feast in the inn’s Regency Room, which overlooks the golfers playing the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course. Guests relax in rooms reminiscent of a country estate, a luxurious and comfortable home away from home. Although a spa, assorted tours, museums, shops and myriad events beckon, it’s tempting to stay at the inn.

After all, Queen Elizabeth II did. The British monarchy and the Williamsburg Inn have come a long way from 1776. The grand illumination on the Governor’s Palace lawn, followed by Christmas carols, conjures visions of houses lit up by spotlights, but the light is created by “cressets,” head-high iron baskets laden with firewood. As the crowd waits on the green, the sound of martial music rings in the distance. The famous Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps strides past the throng to the Robert Carter House. In the morning, at the King’s Arms Tavern, a serving girl at “Breakfast with Citizens” explains that we are actually in a bedroom. The three breakfast rooms had originally been nine bedrooms with perhaps three beds in each. In each bed, spaces were rented to multiple guests. The fewer persons per bed, the more high class the establishment. High class is a given at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, especially at her Holiday Tea. A beaming Campbell regales with tales of Christmases past. “I’ve been told to wish you ‘Happy Holidays,’” she says, out of respect for other religions. “But no one is going to prevent me from wishing you Merry Christmas.” ◆ Williamsburg Inn, colonialwilliamsburgresort. com, 757-220-7978; colonialwillamsburg.com


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high road

THE LEXUS OF SUPERCARS PREPARE TO BE AMAZED. LEXUS IS BUILDING 500 SUPERCARS. AND WE GET AN EXCLUSIVE DRIVE.

BY HOWARD WALKER

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Whisper quiet. Check. Teflon-smooth performance. Check. The ride quality of aerated marshmallows. Check. Unparalleled reliability. Double check. Excitement and passion? We’ll get back to that. We’re talking Lexus. While it checks the boxes on pretty much every must-have automotive quality—we didn’t even get into hedonistic luxury—what has generally been lacking in its product portfolio is “soul.” It’s that frisson of excitement you get with certain other brands. It’s the sporting edge of a BMW. The Teutonic mass of a Mercedes. The feline purr of a Jaguar. With Lexus, you gush over the cathedral-like silence, the maple syrup liquidity of its transmission shifts, the perfection of its panel gaps. All worthy and key to the Lexus ethos, but frankly, just a tad boring. So if you’re Lexus, what are you going to do? Add go-faster stripes to an RX350 crossover? No. You go out and build the Lexus of supercars—and put the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini on warning that there’s a new rocketship in town.

Say a big hello to the brand new LFA. It has a Formula 1 racecar–inspired V10 under the hood cranking out 552 horsepower, a 202-mph top speed, and the sticker price—while not yet finalized at press time—is expected to be between $375,000 and $390,000. This is Lexus showing the world it can build raw excitement. When you rev this new 4.8-liter V10 toward its amazing 9,000-rpm red line, it screams with such ferocity and urgency that every hair on the back of your neck is guaranteed to stand to attention. The LFA project actually began close to a decade ago, but hit a brick wall in 2005. That’s when they decided to ditch the bonded aluminum body structure they’d developed and switch to carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. And they’re still not quite done. Production won’t actually begin until this time next year. Then it will take a full two years to build the planned run of just 500 cars. Talk about exclusivity. On the day the LFA made its world debut on a stage at the Tokyo auto show in October in the form of a


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glossy show piece, Lexus brought the only two running prototypes in existence to the Homestead-Miami Speedway to give Naples Illustrated an exclusive first drive. See it in the flesh and the car oozes supercar sex appeal. There’s nothing cliché here; no scissor-style doors, no massive fighter-jet rear wings (it has a rear computer-controlled wing that recesses at speeds below about 50 mph and rises and changes its angle for higher speeds). No look-at-me lime green paintwork. Here the focus is on racecar-like efficiency. The body is dotted with a plethora of air-gulping intakes and vents to chill the snarling V10, its rear-mounted six-speed, and massive carbon ceramic brakes. Climb aboard and settle into the hip-clingy bucket seat and get an eyeful of the amazing surroundings. The leather, the switchgear, the fit and finish—they’re beyond amazing. The pedals are simply a work of art, constructed with Formula 1-style technical perfection. Fire up, pull back on the right-side paddle shifter to select “drive” and floor the throttle. Zero to 60 mph comes up in 3.6 seconds as the LFA blasts out of the Homestead pit lane. All that racing technology results in a car that is delicious to drive fast. Its electric-assist steering is quite possibly the best I’ve experienced, with its two turns lock-to-lock, perfect weighting and laser precision. And the car scythes through the curves, grips the asphalt and has the stability at high speed that makes 140 mph feel like 40. Hit the brakes and it’s like stopping time. This is the Lexus of supercars. Thrilling to drive, easy to live with, incredibly well built and with a soundtrack to inspire poetry. There is just a tinge of disappointment. For $390,000, it just doesn’t look sufficiently exotic. Not like a Lamborghini. Not like a Ferrari. Not like the new gull-winged Mercedes SLS even. And these days, there are plenty of supercars costing half the price of the LFA that are faster, more thrilling, more exhilarating to drive. But for lovers of engineering perfection and exclusivity, the Lexus has it all. Plus its very existence means no one will ever again suggest that Lexus is lacking in soul. ◆ Automotive editor Howard Walker can be reached at NIedit@naplesillustrated.com.

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PROMOTION AND EVENTS • DECEMBER 2009

Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support The eighth annual Links to Life luncheon is scheduled for February 4, featuring Dr. Susan M. Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book and creator of the “Army of Women” movement. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support offers physical, emotional and educational support for those fighting the disease. 4330 Tamiami Trail E., Naples 239-417-4600 | bbbcsi.org

Naples Fitness Boot Camp Whether you’re a beginner, an avid enthusiast or just tired of the same workout routine, Naples Fitness Boot Camp presents a new approach to exercise. This four-week outdoor program offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training packed with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness goals. Camp begins January 4. Locations in Naples and Estero 239-431-6526 | naplesfitnessbootcamp.com

House of High Fidelity Southwest Florida’s oldest audio/video dealer brings the latest technology to home entertainment. The Universal MX-5000 remote provides one-button control of your A/V system, featuring on-screen display for news headlines, sports scores, stock quotes and weather information at your fingertips when connected to the Internet. 4700 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 2, Naples 239-262-0100 | houseofhighfidelity.com

Waterside Shops Waterside Shops and Garden District are teaming up to beguile holiday shoppers with an oasis of luxury. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, guests may relax in a special suite at Waterside Shops and meet with a member of the Garden District staff. 5415 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 239-598-1605 | watersideshops.com


taste DISH

ELEGANT COMFORT

In a season filled with shopping, celebrations and cooler weather, comfort food might come to mind. The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers inspired simplicity with aged prime steaks and sides like truffled macaroni and cheese, and the classic beefsteak tomato and mozzarella salad

VANESSA ROGERS

with aged balsamic and fresh basil.

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LOVE BITES FALL FOR AMORE’S WARMTH AND LOVINGLY PREPARED CLASSICS.

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BY CHELLE KOSTER WALTON

Calamari Amore

PLACE SETTING Restaurant: Amore Ristorante Hours: Dinner daily Food: Italian Atmosphere: Warm, elegant touches belie its strip mall storefront; a few outdoor tables Service: Entertaining and paced for slow, leisurely dining Price: Appetizers $6-$13; pastas and entrées $14-$33 Address: Neapolitan Way, 4681 Ninth Street North, Naples, amoreristorante.com Telephone: 239-643-2201 Reservations: Yes Children’s Menu: No Bar Service: Beer and wine

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Every neighborhood should have its own cozy Italian restaurant where residents can escape to a genuine and genuinely friendly corner of the Old World. The Neapolitan Way neighborhood has Amore Ristorante. It fits the bill with a warm setting, low lights, soothing music and hands-on service from the owners. The tall, handsome and witty owner, Stefano Likovic, seated us and commenced serving us with the offer of wine. Amore’s wines are select—California and Italian vintages with only a sparse, generic by-the-glass listing. Furthermore, glasses are small, though prettily etched with the restaurant’s logo. Dreamily gazing at oil paintings of Italian scenes in heavy frames, we ordered black mussels in spicy tomato sauce for

the kickoff; though small, they were tender and tasty. Other appetizers include calamari grilled or fried, Gorgonzolatopped portobello mushroom, two types of bruschetta, soup of the day, antipasto and specials such as bresaola or stuffed fresh mozzarella. Chocolate Mousse Cake


Amore owners Suzana and Stefano Likovic

baby lamb chops with white truffle oil and saffron risotto, breaded and pan-fried veal chop topped with arugula and tomato, veal scaloppine with Gorgonzola cheese and white wine sauce, and chicken breast sautéed with artichoke hearts and wild mushrooms demonstrate how Amore adds touches of inspiration. For dessert, we again stuck to classic

with cannoli and tiramisu. These, too, were authentic—fresh and not all mushysoft as often rendered by those less knowledgeable. Welcoming, satisfying, and in the end, sweet: That’s Amore. ◆ For her restaurant reviews, Chelle Koster Walton dines anonymously and at the expense of Naples Illustrated.

Our salads arrived tableside on a wheeled cart—a touch of whimsy. The classic Caesar was just that, economically portioned, which we liked, and well flavored. The Rughetta, even more elegant in its simplicity, had baby arugula and wedges of ripe tomato finished with paper-thin slices of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a light lemon dressing. Fabulous! Pasta and main courses fall into categories such as Le Nostre Paste, homemade pasta, poultry, meat and the seafood specials of the day. At this point, decisionmaking became harder, but our serverowner was helpful. Of my choices of prosciutto and wild mushrooms over homemade white and green linguine with fresh tomato sauce and a touch of cream, or rigatoni and eggplant with spicy tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, he recommended the latter. The flavors melded famously, and the portion size was generous. My partner—after eying the homemade fettuccine with shrimp and broccoli, four-cheese gnocchi in cream sauce, and linguine with black truffles—settled on his all-time favorite, saltimbocca alla Romano. Thin veal scaloppine was layered with fresh, whole-leaf sage and prosciutto and delicately sautéed in white wine with a side of freshly steamed potatoes, broccoli, carrots and zucchini—classic Italian, which is what Amore does best. Seafood specials, such as black ravioli stuffed with eggplant, and grilled grouper with tomato sauce, stray slightly from the traditional. On the regular menu, grilled DECEMBER 2009 45


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spirits

SLOW MOJO THIS SPIRITED SEASON, TAKE TIME TO SIP AND ENJOY. BY MARK SPIVAK

We’re sometimes advised to live every moment as if it were our last. In reality, though, if you only had one week left to consume your favorite spirit, you’d likely spend thousands on a bottle and drink it as quickly as possible. If you knew your time was open-ended, you’d spend hundreds and sip it slowly. At holiday time, perhaps we need a Slow Drinking movement to complement Slow Food. The essence of appreciating fine spirits is intensive sniffing, contemplation and savoring. With that blueprint, we can indulge in a universe of scintillating treats. The gold standard in Cognac may still be Louis XIII ($1,800), but there are many finely crafted bottles available for less. Kelt XO will set you back $175; this rich Cognac offers a delicate, floral nose and an almost endless finish. A bottle of Richard Hennessy may be $2,500, but the extraordinarily complex and balanced Hessessy Paradis can be had for $500. Other standouts include Martell Creation ($300), Remy Martin Extra ($450) and Courvoisier Initiale Extra ($350). In the world of single malt Scotch, The Dalmore has been reintroduced to the United States this fall, featuring the art of master blender Richard Paterson. The King Alexander III ($400) is smooth and spicy in the mouth, with great finesse and a long, haunting finish. The Macallan is a perennial favorite of connoisseurs, and the Fine Oak 21 Year Highland Single Malt ($250) represents a lighter style that will appeal to a wider range of drinkers. The Glenlivet, from Speyside, offers its 21 Year Old Archive single malt for $175. With fine rum, you can find many bottles


from Philipponnat (1998, $225). No matter which you choose, all are toast-worthy and can make December a memorable month. ◆ Mark Spivak is the author of spivakonwine.com. He can be reached at NIedit@naplesillustrated.com. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve (left) is a popular bourbon, while Kelt X.O. is a rich and wonderful Cognac.

in the reasonable range. The Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve ($50) was once reserved for friends and family of the distiller, but small quantities are now available. Pyrat Cask 1623 ($200) is greatly prized by aficionados, as is El Dorado 25 Year Special Reserve ($300) and Mount Gay Tricentennial (at least $500, if you can find it). Of course, these rums should not be mixed into cocktails, but rather poured into a snifter and enjoyed thoughtfully. Don’t forget the bourbon, America’s only native spirit (according to Congress, anyway). While everyone has a favorite, true believers always seem to reach for Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, either in the 15 Year version ($80), 20 Year ($170) or 23 Year ($225). Also prized by purists is George T. Stagg Straight Bourbon ($90), at an amazing 140 proof, or 70 percent alcohol. Better add some water, and don’t light a match. What about Champagne? Now that Dom Pérignon is available at the corner gas station, it seems less special than it once was. The holidays are a good time to explore other luxury cuvées that may not be quite as well known, but are still splendid. For many years, Krug has been regarded as the King of Champagnes. While prices for its Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay bottlings soar into the stratosphere, you can buy the 1998 vintage for $400 and Grande Cuvée for $175. Sometimes referred to as ”multi-vintage” Champagne because it contains wine from up to 10 different years, Grande Cuvée is an excellent introduction to the rich, zesty Krug style. Other bottles worth seeking are the delicate and complex Cuvée Louise from Pommery (1998, $200) or the sensual, explosive Clos des Goisses

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Reem Acra jersey turtleneck, crepe long skirt, crystal necklace, Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, Naples; Christian Louboutin heel, christianlouboutin.com Opposite: Black mesh cut-out dress, similar styles available at Salvatore Ferragamo, Waterside Shops, Naples; satin headband with leather glove detail, Dolce & Gabbana, Bal Harbour, dolcegabbana.com; Giuseppe Zanotti bootie, Marissa Collections, Naples DECEMBER 2009 51


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Roberto Cavalli dress, Marissa Collections, Naples Opposite page: Dress, ceinture chaine belt, boot in brocade fabric, Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops, Naples DECEMBER 2009 53


Monique Lhuillier lace and tulle gown, Marissa Collections, Naples; Reem Acra crystal earrings, Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, Naples Opposite page: Michael Kors dress, gladiator heels, Marissa Collections, Naples; ceinture chaine belt, Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops, Naples; black python clutch with metal rose ring hardware, Salvatore Ferragamo, Waterside Shops 54 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


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NI extends a special thanks to the Mondrian South Beach and Morgans Hotel Group for their generous hospitality. (mondriansouthbeach.com) DECEMBER 2009 55


Aged to Perfection JUST AS A FINE WINE IS FOCUSED, BALANCED AND LONG, THE NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL ENTERS ITS SECOND DECADE WITH ALL OF THOSE QUALITIES, AND MORE. BY KATHY BECKER • ROONEY DINNER PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARETH ROCKLIFFE/SODERQUIST PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM HARPER

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Glasses and wine at the ready for the vintner dinner in February 2009 at the home of 2010 Festival Chairs Francis and Kathleen Rooney

Add to the description of the Naples Winter Wine Festival the terms graceful, complex, and brilliant to sum up 10 years of fundraising for area children’s charities. The festival started with some friends talking over wine, discussing ways to support the Boys & Girls Club, says Jeff Gargiulo, one of the founding trustees and festival chairman the first year. “What [the Boys & Girls Club was] doing was good, but it was not serving enough kids,” says Jim Malone, a founding trustee and festival co-chair in 2007. “One decision was to help before there was trouble. We weren’t going for rehab programs. The Boys & Girls Club needed a better home and to serve 10 times the children.”

In 2001, the first year of the festival, $2.2 million was raised and granted to Youth Haven and Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

The Next Level In 2005, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the grant-making arm of the wine festival, commissioned a needs study to determine where to put the festival’s money. In 2005, the festival raised more than $10 million. “As our success continued, we wanted to be equally good at giving money,” says Linda Malone, founding trustee and festival cochair in 2007. “We didn’t want to duplicate services; we wanted DECEMBER 2009 57


Wines of Domaine Tempier and Dominio de Pingus were poured at the 2009 dinner at the Rooneys’ home. Below: Auctioneer Humphrey Butler keeps bidding lively.

to go where help was needed. It was about partnering with the community publicly and privately in strategic initiatives and finding gaps.” The Grant Committee initiated the study, breaking the need into four categories: early learning, out-of-school services (afterschool and summer programming), medical/dental, and social welfare. The “Study of Child Well-Being” in 2005 by the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida found that 17,000 children in the county did not have access to appropriate dental health services, says Scott Lutgert, founding trustee, vintner committee chair for several years, and festival chair in 2005. That finding led to a partnership with Collier Health Services and the University of Florida College of Dentistry to open the NCEF Pediatric Dental Center in 2008. The study also led the NCEF to “strategic initiatives where we take a significant amount of money and concentrate on a specific need in order to eliminate it,” Lutgert says. “These initiatives are aimed at closing the critical gaps in services for children in Collier County.” NCEF also has worked to foster cooperative relationships among charities to work together and avoid duplicating services. “One of the greatest things to come out of the money into this community is we’ve created a collaborative environment,” says Ann Bain, trustee, 2010 NCEF board treasurer, 2009 Grant Committee chair and Meet the Kids Day chair (or co-chair), 58 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


Wine Festival trustees Scott and Simone Lutgert (above) celebrate a winning bid at the auction. The festival auction at The RitzCarlton Golf Resort, Naples offers food and wine samplings.

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2004-2010. “When we started raising dollars, we started putting charities in the same room and challenging them to reach more kids and do it better. They now collaborate without our doing that and realize how much they can help each other.” Lutgert says identifying and funding the initiatives has been successful, and has allowed the foundation to set priorities and goals. In addition to grants to individual charities, through its strategic initiatives, the NCEF has also: ■ Assisted in funding the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center on the Edison State College campus. ■ Engaged in the establishment of a network of family child-care homes for children from infants to three years old in Immokalee. ■ Funded the completion of the Pediatric Department of the Florida State University Medical Clinic in Immokalee. ■ Created a career ladder for Immokalee early childhood teachers, offering subsidized continuing education and scholarships for college. ■ Committed to supporting a new Boys & Girls Club facility in Immokalee. For the future, the foundation is working on a children’s behavioral health initiative, “aimed at providing the necessary services for children with emotional, mental and behavioral health issues,” Lutgert says. “Collier County has no funding for social services,” Bain says. “It’s very easy to see from the needs assess-

ment that millions and millions of dollars are needed. We are not there. I would love to stand up and say we’ve met all the needs. I don’t know if we can get there, but we’ll give it the old college try.”

Seeing is Believing While the trustees were studying the area’s needs to learn where best to put the money, they were making sure the patrons of the festival who may not be as steeped in the foundation’s mission understood the festival’s complexity. In 2004, Dick Grace, one of the festival vintners, asked to see the beneficiaries of the festival. Five people went to the Boys & Girls Club that year. The next year, they took a mini-bus of people to see the festival beneficiaries. By the third year of what became known as Meet the Kids Day, 50 people came. Now a big part of the festival, the Meet the Kids Day draws about 150 people to hear how the festival has changed lives. “Meet the Children is a huge success,” Bain says. “Many say it’s the best part of the weekend. It has had an inspirational effect on the bidding. It separates us from other charity auctions because patrons can see where the money is going before they enter the tent.” Each year, the tour visits nonprofit organizations funded by the wine festival and hears stories told by children who have benefited. Bain says one is a now a pre-med student at the University of Central Florida. When the trustees met him, he was an 11-year-old in foster care who lived at Youth Haven. He received

The 2010 Naples Winter Wine Festival, January 29–31, will include a Meet the Kids Tour and Grants Luncheon Friday to set the tone for bidding, followed by the vintner dinners, which pair food with wine, at private homes. A Wine Down party will follow the auction Saturday, with a celebration brunch on Sunday. Since 2001, $74.5 million has been raised for area children’s charities. (napleswinefestival.com)

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The Rooneys’ dining room is set for the vintner dinner in 2009. Opposite: Vintners Daniel Ravier of Domaine Tempier and Peter Sisseck of Dominio de Pingus decant wine for the Rooneys’ 2009 dinner

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Clockwise from top: Chocolate and caramel tarts at the Rooney dinner. Chef Michael White is assisted by Jared Gadbaw at the Rooneys. Wine from Ann Colgin, a vintner and auctioneer who has participated for 10 years. Emeril Lagasse and Tom Colicchio are among the chefs who participate in the festival.

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tutoring and piano lessons through the NCEF-funded Foster Care Council. A gifted piano player, he’s played at Meet the Kids Day in the past. “Youth Haven was there to pick up the pieces and find him a family,” Bain says. “I’m proud to tell his story—one of many.”

The 2010 festival chairs, Kathleen and Francis Rooney, look forward to steering the Festival into the next decade.

Better and Better With $74.5 million raised in nine years, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is ready to celebrate a decade of success in 2010. The Boys & Girls Club, the charity that fostered creation of the event, has new facilities and can now serve 2,000 children annually, and building the Immokalee facility is planned. In all, 38 nonprofit groups have received funding from the festival. Another focus of the festival—elevating food and wine in Naples—has also been accomplished. Since 2004, Wine Spectator magazine has ranked the festival as the most successful charity wine festival in the nation. Each year vintners from around the world and chefs from around the country come to pour and create, but while they are here, they engage local sommeliers, chefs and some 400 volunteers. Rooms are booked at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, where the festival takes place. Tables, glasses and other items are rented for vintner dinners, wait staff is hired. Although there’s plenty to celebrate, the anniversary also has trustees looking to the future. “It was never anything but substance,” says Linda Malone. “During the boom, the money got big. The press noise got big. It drowned out the substance. Now more than ever, we want to reflect on what we’re really about.” Barbara Balser, trustee and chair of the public relations committee, says it’s important to celebrate the successes, but with the current economy affecting patrons of the festival as well as charities, it’s not time to rest on laurels. “A lot was accomplished in the first 10 years,” she says. “Much more needs to be done. Most Americans are reeling. Beneficiaries are also hurt. The needs are more pronounced now than they’ve been. Children have no idea what a recession is. Our message is sharp. We are focused on outcomes. We want to celebrate what we’ve accomplished, but there’s more work to be done.” Francis and Kathleen Rooney, chairs for the 2010 festival, January 29-31, see the tenth anniversary as a call to rededicate to the foundation of the festival: children. “It is a celebration of 10 years of expanding the horizons of so many underprivileged and at-risk children,” Kathleen Rooney says. “The driving force of 2010 is that children’s needs are greater than ever,” Francis Rooney says. “Together, with the help of so many friends of the festival, we will all be digging a little deeper to meet as many needs as possible.” ◆ DECEMBER 2009 63


Wynnter Wonderland

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Wynn houses, was stirring, and stirring, and stirring in preparation for the annual Wynn family gathering, featuring favorite dishes loved by multiple generations. BY KATHY BECKER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA ROGERS

When it comes to the Wynn family—founders of Wynn Family Market, Sunshine Ace Hardware, Wynn Catering and Wynn Properties—holiday traditions revolve around food. That’s really no surprise, since the family business is centered with a grocery store started in 1938 by Peter Parley Wynn and his wife, Vida. When their son Don Wynn joined the company in 1945 after service in World War II, he founded Sunshine Hardware in 1958 and Wynn Properties in 1982. The Wynn enterprises continued as a family business after Don was introduced to his future wife, Anne Merle Echols, in an aisle of the grocery store. The couple raised four sons and a daughter, who are committed to carry on the family traditions, both in the business and at home. 64 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Every year on Christmas Day, Anne Wynn gathers most of the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and spouses at her house. “Family is important, it really is,” she says. “It’s a wonderful large family we do have. We have 51, and all are mostly in Naples. I have nine great-grandchildren and 18 grandchildren.” All of the grandchildren get a stocking each year from Anne with a keepsake ornament. Every year, she makes her children and their spouses their favorite cakes on their birthdays. Angela Wynn is the oldest granddaughter and daughter of Anne’s son, Larry Wynn, president of Wynn Properties. She says she still gets a stocking every year, but she hasn’t


Far left: Festive decor at Tim and Patti Wynn’s home takes Patti weeks to put up. Great-granddaughter Lisette Emerine. Above: Patti Wynn’s Cheesecake Supreme. DECEMBER 2009 65


The tree in the foyer of Tim and Patti Wynn’s tropical home is artificial, but the “family” tree in the family room is real each year. 66 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


A festive sparkling drink is enhanced by a hibiscus blossom used by Wynn's Catering. Ohio Buckeyes, right, have been introduced to the Wynn family tradition by Linda Wynn Smith’s huband’s family.

been gifted with her grandmother’s penchant for cooking. “I will learn,” Angela says. “I do enjoy tasting.” Although Anne used to prepare the holiday meal, now her sons, daughter, and their spouses bring most of it, although daughter Linda Wynn Smith says her mother still insists on making a few favorite dishes. “She always wants to have something from her kitchen,” says Smith, corporate secretary and treasurer for the family businesses. “We always have turkey, ham, Christmas ribbon salad, sweet potato soufflé, broccoli salad, relish dishes,” Anne says. “Punch to start off with, crabmeat dip and appetizers. Then we have pies, cakes. Peanut Butter Pie they all like; Patti’s cheesecake, fruitcake, cookies.” Although Anne has passed on the recipes for the traditional dishes, which Linda Smith compiled in a Wynn cookbook in 1996 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of her parents, the family jokes that sometimes Anne withholds a technique or ingredient. “We always tease Mom that she leaves something out of every recipe so we can’t get too good at making it,” says Lori Wynn, who this summer married Anne’s son Thomas Wynn, vice president of Wynn properties. “Especially her cakes,” says son Jerry Wynn, CEO of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “For the Fit for a King cake, you have to use the right pan and the right bowl to make the meringue or it doesn’t taste the same. There are always a few little secrets she leaves out.”

Patti Wynn’s rum cake is one of many desserts to choose from.

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Nicole Smith, daughter of Linda Wynn Smith and Bill Smith, sets the table.

In addition to favorite family recipes, turkey is a tradition.

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“I made Mom’s applesauce for 15 years before she admitted to me she cooked the apples in apple juice,” says Tim Wynn, president of Wynn’s Family Market and founder of the family catering business in 1992. “It was always good, but it was never quite the same as hers.” Many of the recipes (which have been improved throughout the years with each printing of the cookbook) are used in the family catering business, into which Anne put her own flair in the early years, boiling eggs and potatoes for the popular potato salad, as well as making her favorite cakes and desserts. Since many of the 426 Wynn business employees have been with the company for decades, Anne says they are like family, and their recipes are included. Tom Wynn loves the Chicken Divan, which was brought into the family celebration by a cousin. Linda Smith introduced peanut butter and chocolate Ohio Buckeyes, a recipe from her mother-in-law, Shirley Smith, who is housewares manager at the hardware


Anne Wynn’s Lenox holiday dishes decorate her table each year, along with centerpieces by Wynn’s floral department.

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Left: Lamb and turkey along with ham and favorite side dishes make a sumptuous buffet. Below: Wynn siblings Tom, Jerry, Tim and Linda (far right) celebrate with their mother, Anne Wynn (center), spouses and children. Son Larry is not pictured.

store. (Linda Smith met her husband, Bill, who manages the catering business, when they both worked at the store, just like her parents did.) The festive table is set with Anne’s Lenox holiday dishes and centerpieces from Wynn’s floral department. Before his death in 2007, father Don used to say the blessing. Now the sons take turns. “Dad would carve the turkey,” Tim Wynn says. “We were all raised in the food business, and all worked in the meat department, so we can all handle a knife. Dad was a terrific cook, but he never did because Mom wouldn’t let him.” The meal is served buffet style, so everyone can customize their own plate with their favorites. But leave room for dessert. “The adults always fight over the Peanut Butter Pie,” says Patti Wynn, who is married to Tim Wynn, whom she has known since she was five years old and her family lived next door. A few of the younger generation have yet to try the popular pie. Great-granddaughter Sydney, daughter of Paula and grandson Michael Wynn, board chairman and president of Sunshine Ace Hardware, says she suspects the adults’ strategy is to fill the kids up with cookies and Buckeyes. “We’re too full by the time they bring the pie out,” she says. Usually there are leftovers (except for the Peanut Butter Pie). Bill Smith brings containers and industrial plastic wrap and the leftovers are divided up. “Mom makes Hot Browns or turkey potpie with leftovers,” Linda says. “Then, we relax, reminisce and count our Christmas blessings.” ◆ 70 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Of Hummingbirds and Kings The Wynning Recipes cookbook, which is sold at Wynn’s Family Market and Sunshine Ace Hardware, was compiled by Linda Wynn Smith in 1996 in honor of the fiftieth wedding anniversary of her parents, Don and Anne Wynn. It includes favorite family recipes, some used in the store’s deli and the family’s catering business run by Smith’s husband, Bill. In addition to family recipes, favorites of the Wynns’ second family—their employees, some of whom have been with the company for decades—are included, along with family pictures and remembrances of business and family milestones. The book was updated in 2006 for Don and Anne’s sixtieth wedding anniversary, before Don Wynn passed away in 2007. The cookbook, in its sixth printing, has been updated as recipes are continually prepared and adjusted. Customer and family favorite recipes include the Fit for King Cake (renamed by some of the family as Queen Anne Cake), Hummingbird Cake and Peanut Butter Cream Pie.


Clockwise from above: The feast includes multiple desserts. Greatgrandson Kenn Wynn gets ready to dip Buckeyes. Anne’s punch and hors d’oeuvres take the edge off. Broccoli salad is a seasonal favorite.

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BARN RAISING A HOME FILLED WITH ITEMS FROM THEIR NATIVE INDIANA WITHIN A COMMUNITY OF NEW FRIENDS HAS DON AND KATHY STEININGER BEAMING. BY KATHY BECKER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY RABINOWITZ

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Fieldstone, French wrought iron and varying roof lines give the Steiningers' Mediterra home a Tuscan farmhouse feel.

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Don Steininger instructed the stucco crew to make the surface look like it was done by someone just learning, to give the home a rustic feel. 74 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


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beautiful winter evening painted with a pink and purple spectrum sunset and soft breezes is punctuated by a loud slapping noise—wood on wood. Wait—was that a screen door slamming? In the Mediterra neighborhood of Kathy and Don Steininger, the answer is yes. An authentic farmhouse-suitable screen door on their lanai is one of many architectural salvage items that characterize their home—from Indiana barn beams to Chicago brick, from chimney pots to wrought iron railings and French shutters—all an effort to make this very up-to-date home seem like a 100-year-old Tuscan farmhouse. The interesting thing about the Mediterra home the Fort Wayne, Indiana, couple moved into in February 2008 is that it is the third they’ve built together from the ground up. “We’ve never lived in a 100-year-old house,” Don says. “It’s a challenge to take old and integrate it into new.” Starting from scratch also meant the couple built everything just the way they wanted it. For example, instead of a large living room, their foyer opens up into a library, filled with bookshelves, a fireplace and comfortable leather chairs. It’s where they start their mornings with a fire, coffee and the paper. “We are not formal people,” Kathy says. “We just wanted comfortable, casual.” “We wanted every part of the house to be something we’d use,” Don says. Their two primary instructions to architect Henry Gonzales during the 18-month design phase was to not do things the way he’s always done them, and to make the house look like it had been added to through the years, like an old farmhouse.

Top: Instead of a formal living room, the Steiningers enjoy their library. Below left: Kathy Steininger created appliques for the chairs in the outdoor dining room to match the tile. The table is made from barn beams. Below: The Steiningers enjoy the wood-burning outdoor fireplace.

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The windows in the master bedroom were positioned to make the walls look thick, like older construction.

The breakfast area, like most of the home, features Kathy Steininger's sewing touches.

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“He really did a wonderful job,” Don says. “He took our ideas and molded his skill around them.” Throughout the year and a half it took Frey & Son Homes to build the house, skilled craftsmen—including David Nelson Masonry and Whitman Designs—implemented the Steiningers’ ideas, such as creating perfect half-circle stone arches and adding lighting fixtures that fit into their antique aesthetic. One of the couple’s ideas was to use reclaimed barn beams, so Don, who is in the construction business, made some calls. Before long, they had a semi-trailer load of beams in 40 different sizes and lengths that now make up the stair treads, fireplace mantels and kitchen island countertop. They still have some in storage. One of two large beams in the foyer was so big, it had to be brought through a hole in the roof with a crane and sling after nearly 80 hours of design and engineering. Kathy says they also used recycled bricks for the fireplace and driveway pavers, along with fieldstone. “My uncle was a brick mason,” Don says. “I grew up in construction.” Kathy added many of the finishing touches herself, including sewing the dust ruffles and window treatments. Her sewing machine is in a work area in the expanded laundry room, where she also creates mosaic work using broken antique cups and saucers for the backsplash in the kitchen, along with some shell and tile mosaic mirrors.


The brown-and-white dining room with recycled tavern oak flooring reflects the antique brown transferware dishes she collects. The room features a faux painting treatment that’s darker in the corners to make the walls look aged, and a transferwareinspired border. Don’s passions are evident in the garage, where a black-andwhite checked tile floor is reflected on his cherry-red classic Corvette. Lining the walls are the complete collection of framed commemorative posters created by artist and friend John Souder for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Don’s hometown. An oldfashioned Coca-Cola cooler, soda-fountain booths and jukebox complete the nostalgic feeling. The home’s setting is as important to the Steiningers as what they put into it. As some of the first residents in Mediterra in 2000,

the Steiningers knew they found a comfortable place to roost. Before building, they had a coach home and a villa in the community, and loved the lifestyle. When Don began scaling back his real estate development business and spending more time in his Naples home office, they found they needed more space for the amount of time they were spending in Florida. A perfect lot became available in the Padova neighborhood, so they decided to fast-track a building plan they had. “We wanted this neighborhood; it pushed us a few years,” Don says. “We knew the advantage of living here. It’s very close, very intimate.” And it is full of neighbors who don’t seem to mind the occasional sound of a screen door slamming. “I read in one of my design magazines that a home should tell who you are and where you’ve been,” Kathy says. “It’s different, but it’s us,” Don adds. ◆

Kathy Steininger's antique brown transferware collection (left) inspired the decor of the dining room.

Fieldstone, a mosaic tile backsplash created by Kathy Steininger and antique woodworker's bench add vintage touches in the kitchen.

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The name of the restaurant SeaSalt was inspired by the glorious treasures of various Salts from all over the world. Chef Fabrizio pays tribute to the distinctive features and characteristics that are naturally imparted from the region from which they are harvested. The bounty of the various styles of Salt can also be found in our Sea Salt Market. 1186 Third Street South, Naples 239-434-7258, www.SeaSaltNaples.com

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Jane’s Restaurant on Pine Ridge is a cozy European style cafe with a British influence. The restaurant is open Mon-Sat 11-3pm for lunch and 5-8:30pm for dinner. On Sundays, Brunch is served 102pm. A Selection of Beer & Wine are available to enjoy with your meal. Our focus is to serve our guests great food with extraordinary service. 1575 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples 239-566-3354, www.janestogo.com

STONEY’S STEAKHOUSE

Excellent beef for peak enjoyment is difficult to come by and serve... but at Stoney’s Steakhouse, nothing but the best will do. From your first bite you will know that quality is the reason serious steak and seafood lovers choose to dine at Stoney’s. Experience Stoney’s for old world charm and incomparable cuisine. 403 Bayfront Place, Naples 239-435-9353, www.stoneysteakhouse.com

M WATERFRONT GRILLE

Designed as contemporary, refined and engaging, M Waterfront Grille features Cutting Edge Continental Cuisine with an emphasis on fresh Seafood, Steaks, Homemade Pastas, Organics and Tapas plates. M is both a local favorite and a destination restaurant offering dynamic flavor profiles and polished, attentive service. 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples 239.263.4421, www.mwaterfrontgrille.com

TRULUCK’S

Florida Stone Crab Season returns to Truluck’s. Fresh from our traps to your table in just hours! Join us for unlimited Florida Stone Crab for one low price every Monday night. Each Wednesday, enjoy half off all bottles of wine, all night long. 698 4th Ave., South Naples 239-530-3131, www.trulucks.com


Naples Illustrated showcases the area’s luxurious residences on the market

BY COLLINS & DUPONT 239-948-2400 COLLINS-DUPONT.COM PROMOTION


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PENTHOUSE PANORAMAS ADDRESS Cap Ferrat in Pelican Bay YEAR BUILT 2002 OFFERED AT $5,990,000 SIZE 6,000 square feet under air, 6,850 total SPECIAL FEATURES This Cap Ferrat penthouse captures worldclass panoramic views while nestled into the heart of Pelican Bay! An interior of perfection and expansive terraces encompass 6,850 square feet of elegance and quality expressed in faux finishes and custom mill work. Savor the privacy of the 1,760-squarefoot master suite with fireplace, sitting room, PROMOTION


“her” office and terrace with sensational views. An archway leads to the gourmet Tuscan-style kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. The bar area featuring custom-made maple cabinetry with burled panels and 100-bottle wine cabinet add a special touch for gracious entertaining. Three large bedroom suites, each with a

full bath and private terrace, provide for the utmost in guest accommodations. The handcrafted library and “his” study with maple shelving and beamed ceiling embody the qualities one would expect in a residence of this magnitude. Superior specifications include steel hurricane shutters, three parking spaces and cli-

mate-controlled storage. This penthouse is truly one of the most desirable of all Gulf view residences! FOR INFORMATION Barbi and Steve Lowe Premier Properties of Southwest Florida Inc. 239-216-1973 barbi@naples.com

Above it all.... BAY COLONY

REMINGTON PENTHOUSE-2104 reathtaking, panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from every vantage point. PH2104 is offered with the finest interior furnishings exuding a sophisticated, casual elegance. The residence includes 4 bedroom suites, den, 5 full-baths, 2 half-baths with over 6,800 sq. ft. living area. Private rooftop cabana with spa and exclusive Ritz-Carlton concierge services completes the special offering. All within the guard gated enclave of Bay Colony. price upon request

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CAP FERRAT AT PELICAN BAY Old world charm creates a beautiful sanctuary w/Gulf & cityscape views to enjoy an incomparable lifestyle of private beach pavilions, tennis, culture and more 4+Den/4 (C5721) Rose Mary Everett 272-7790, Jessica Sowin 272-6810 $2,595,000

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OLD NAPLES 616 Fifth Avenue S. 239-434-0101

SANIBEL 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. 239-472-2411

CENTRAL NAPLES 3255 Tamiami Trail N. 239-261-6622

CHARLESTON SQUARE 225 Banyan Blvd. 239-643-3636

BONITA SPRINGS 26269 S. Tamiami Trail 239-498-9200

Warm, inviting, luxurious & furnished estate home w/      pool, gourmet appls, stone, wood. www.FrankPetras.com 4+Den/5.5 (H3954) Frank Petras 595-2221 $5,750,875

MOORINGS New home w/Old Florida style. Expansive, lush yard has water feature-pool, summer kitchen. Gracious details abound. Lots of space for lots of living. 4+Den/3.5 (H4338) Rose Mary Everett 272-7790, Jessica Sowin 272-6810 $2,195,000

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Beautiful pied-a-terre w/wide Gulf views, 2 roomy master suites. Walk or tram to private beach clubs from luxury high-rise. Incomparable community amenities! 2+Den/2 (C4397) Rose Mary Everett 272-7790, Jessica Sowin 272-6810 $775,000

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SEASONS AT NAPLES CAY Exquisite condo for the most discriminating buyer. One of Naples most prestigious addresses. 43 residences. Private elevator. Gated beachfront enclave. www.FrankPetras.com 4/4 (C4409) Frank Petras 595-2221 $3,795,000

PELICAN BAY WOODS Create the memories of a lifetime in this custom-built, family home in a beautiful, safe, beach community offering cultural interests & fantastic amenities. 5+Den/4 (H3510) Rose Mary Everett 272-7790, Jessica Sowin 272-6810 $890,000

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Loaded with special features! 3 car garage, tile, tray ceilings,        sides. Long paver drive. www.FrankPetras.com 4/3 (H4109) Frank Petras 595-2221 $560,000

This former model single family home is a must see! Pinnacle Award Winner for best interior design. Pool, spa, bundled golf. Lake & golf course views. www. FrankPetras.com 2+Den/2 (H3065) Frank Petras 595-2221 $424,900

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4151 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Residence 201--Approx. 6,185 sq. ft.

$2,050,000 PARK SHORE TOWER 4251 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.

Newly Renovated Building! Residence 12A--Approx. 2,298 sq. ft. Residence 9B--Approx. 2,815 sq. ft. Residence 3A--Approx. 2,298 sq. ft. Residence 4C--Approx. 2,607 sq. ft.

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WATERFRONT LUXURY

ADDRESS 308 Turtle Hatch Road, Naples YEAR BUILT 2001 BUILDER Coleman Construction OFFERED AT $4,900,000 SIZE 5,200 square feet living, 7,600 total SPECIAL FEATURES Wide water views are prominent from this recently updated luxurious Park Shore waterfront property offering five bedrooms, a den and six bathrooms. When receiving guests, the grand salon exudes luxury with its stunning niches and fireplace. Abounding with space, the office/den opens to the expansive second-floor terrace overlooking the shimmering water, and provides the perfect spot to work or relax. The kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light decor, lovely granite countertops, and unique ceiling treatments create a welcoming work environment PROMOTION


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ART SCENE FABULOUS AT FORTY Marco Island’s Art League hits its prime BY SARAH FK COBLE

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Above and right: Works by Charles M. Wetzel, Seminole Village Brighton Reservation, and Seminole Indian Family Below: Marco Island Center for the Arts entrance and gift shop. Opposite: Seminole Village Brighton Reservation, Charles M. Wetzel

In 1969, nineteen artists joined together to form the Art League of Marco Island. Since then, the organization has worked to become deeply connected to the community in its philosophy and creative mission. “Those 40 years are impressive because even before Marco became a city, the community knew the importance of art and culture in the development of a city, how it can enhance the quality of life as well as property values,” says Christine Neal, executive director of Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. “That was manifested by a community of artists who believed in providing an atmosphere of learning, a mission that has never changed in 40 years—only been enhanced.” Indeed, Art League Marco Island has steadily grown with the island community, establishing its first permanent home in 1979. Since then, it has accumulated more land and 700 members. The new campus includes 14,000 square feet of gallery space, painting and sculpture studios, and a gift shop. Programs reach beyond the visual arts to music, drama and other art forms, prompting the organization to change its title from a simple Art League to the inclusive Center for the Arts. “Over the last five years, our youth programs have expanded from nothing to serving nearly 1,000 kids,” Neal says. The programs range from summer art camp to the after-school Young Artist studios, creative dramatics, and city-partnered artist-inresidence programs.

Marco Island’s Center for the Arts celebrated in November with a landmark event, The pARTy—A 40th Anniversary Celebration, along with the opening of a retrospective exhibit of original works by the founding league president Charles M. Wetzel, and an unveiling of “Collaborative 40,” a 12- by 12-foot panel assembled by 40 artists with the support of 40 community sponsors. “Those original 19 artists had a belief in the power of art and had a mission to share it,” Neal says. “Forty years later, that passion still moves us.” Opening December 1 is “Those Who Can Do,” an exhibit of 18 of Marco’s artist instructors, a visual display of the artistic and educational diversity within the island’s artist community. ◆ DECEMBER 2009 115


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DECEMBER 2009 CONNECTIONS—Frank Russen was an art student in Pittsburgh when he stepped on an elevator and came face to face with artist Henry Koerner, an instructor at the art institute. Koerner looked him over and declared he wanted to paint Russen, who became Koerner’s model, and over 22 years, his friend. Now Russen is working again for Vienna-born American artist Koerner, this time as the coordinator for a joint exhibition of the late Koerner’s work at the von Liebig Art Center and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida that took three years to put together. “It’s the first major retrospective in the United States since the 1980s,” says Russen, director at The Englishman Fine Art & Antiques. Koerner, who died at age 75 in 1991, created war posters during World War II and sketched the Nuremberg trials. Koerner’s mother, father and brother died in a concentration camp, and several of his paintings after the war are of his family. Others are Magic Realism works that illustrated his struggle with being a survivor. More than 50 covers for Time magazine from 1955 to 1967 are among the more than 7,000 works Koerner created, from drawings and simple studies to oil paintings. The December 12–January 10 exhibition of artwork at the von Liebig includes a lecture December 11 by Koerner’s son Joseph, professor of Art History and Architecture at Harvard University. The exhibition at the Holocaust Museum of Koerner’s post-war photography of Vienna and one of the Nuremberg illustrations will open with a private fundraising cocktail party December 14, and run through January 12. —Kathy Becker

INTO THE LIGHT—Kathy Cronkite, Walter’s daughter and celebrity in her own right, has battled depression since she was young. She has published a second book, On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Depression, based on exchanges with celebrities like Mike Wallace and Joan Rivers. Cronkite will speak at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County’s annual symposium and luncheon December 4 at the Hilton Naples & Towers. (For information: 239-434-6726.) —Kat Smith NI: What motivated you to seek help? KC: I was in treatment from the time I was 17, but my illness wasn’t diagnosed or

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treated specifically as depression until I was much older. And then it was my family, my husband and my kids, that I did it for, because I could see what a horrible effect it was having on their lives. Why did you interview celebrities for your latest book? It helps to know it doesn’t matter how successful you are, depression lays you out, and to know there’s no sense of shame. How can we help others? Understand the illness. Part is understanding there is so much self-blame. It’s tricky to know when to say, “Come on, let’s go.” Sometimes they can’t get up and go. Make the world just a little more tolerable.


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Art League of Bonita Springs—Marjorie Pesek, layered imagery workshop, Dec. 15-16; Faculty & Student Exhibition Reception, Dec. 18, show through Jan. 2; 239-495-3999. Art League Marco Island Center for the Arts—Those Who Can Do, reception Dec. 1, art exhibit, Dec. 1-Jan. 20; Thursday Trunk Shows, Dec. 3, 10, 17; A Taste of Raku, Dec. 15; Farmers Market, Wednesday mornings; 239-394-4221.

Florida Gulf Coast University/United Arts Council—Fourth Annual Pottery Sale, Dec. 4, FGCU Arts Complex, Fort Myers; 239239-263-8242. Florida West Arts, Bonita Springs—Premiere reception, Dec. 5, exhibit, through Jan. 4; Arts Café Series, holiday goodies and artist demonstrations, Dec. 12; 239-948-4427.

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Blue Mangrove Gallery, Marco Island—Third Anniversary Celebration, photographer Jim Freeman, exhibit Dec. 2-31; Trollbead Trunk Show, Dec. 11; 239-393-2405.

Ehud Olmert

Philippe de Montebello

Adam Gopnik

Malcolm Gladwell

Why Israel Matters Wednesday, January 13, 6:00 pm Ehud Olmert, Former Israeli Prime Minister (2006-2009)

The Special Moderated Event Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of the State of Florida Jim Angle, Fox News – Moderator

Marco Island Arts & Crafts Fair—Dec. 29-30, Marco Island YMCA; 239-394-3144. Jim Angle

Marco Island Executive Airport—Angie Chestnut photography exhibit, Dec. 1-31; 239-263-8242. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts—Holiday reception, Dec. 9, at the Esplanade; 239-642-3836. Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples—Janet Fish: Master Prints and Small Paintings, through Jan. 9; 239-262-3484. Museum of the Everglades, Everglades City—The Ever-Gladesmen Exhibit, presentation by David Southall, Dec. 3; 239-695-2397.

The Hidden Met Sunday, February 28, 6:00 pm The Story Behind the Metropolitan’s Exhibitions & Acquisitions Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Insight on Modern Life & Culture Friday, March 26, 6:00 pm Malcolm Gladwell, Modern Social Reformer & Author, “Outliers” Adam Gopnik, Author and Essayist for “The New Yorker” Your tax-deductible subscription helps broaden and enrich the lives of children throughout Southwest Florida. We encourage participation in public service and civic activities by promoting understanding of the mechanisms of state, local and the U.S. government.

Series of Four Lectures: $550.00 1 Ticket, 4 lectures. Reserved seating.

Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples— Art in the Park, Dec. 5, Cambier Park; Henry Koerner: The Real and Imagined, presented in collaboration with the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida, reception, Dec. 11, exhibit Dec. 12-Jan. 10; Members’ Gallery Small Works Show, Dec. 12-Jan. 10; 239-262-6517.

Lecture/Dinner: $1,275.00*

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Benefactors: $4,500.00*

2 Tickets, 4 lectures, priority reserved seating, cocktail reception, dinner, 45 min. Q&A. Invitation to dine with a guest speaker. Access to private pre-event receptions.

Business Benefactors: $5,500.00* Naples Artcrafters—Fine Art & Craft Show, Dec. 12, Cambier Park; 239-352-3036.

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Naples Historical Society—Walking Tours of the Historic District, Wednesdays; guided tours of the Norris Gardens, first and third Thursday; Christmas at Palm Cottage, Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 1-31; Santa in the Garden, Dec. 10-12; 239-261-8164.

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New Year’s Art Festival—Dec. 26-27, Fifth Avenue South, Naples; 954-472-3755. Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art—Latin American Painting Now, through Jan. 10; The Art of Janet Fish, through Jan. 17; Images of Hope, Immokalee: Looking Forward, Looking Back, Phil Galleries, Dec. 1-Feb. 7; 239-597-1900. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples—Painting Annual, through Jan. 31; 239-263-8242. Rosen Gallery & Studio, Naples—A Taste of Raku, Dec. 3; The Creativity Series with artist Patty Kane, Dec. 5, 7, 12, 14; 239-821-1061. Sweet Art Gallery, Naples—The Art of Bobby Goldsboro, singer, songwriter and artist, Dec. 1-13; 239-597-2110. Underground Art Wednesday—North Naples Arts Alliance, Dec. 2; 239-821-1061.

CHILDREN & TEENS Children’s Museum of Naples—World Café-Holidays, Dec. 12, Waterside Shops, Naples; 239-514-0084. Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naples—Mommy and Me, environmental education puppet series, Dec. 1, 8, 15; 239262-0304, ext. 266. Norris Center, Naples—Brave Tin Soldier, Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, crafts, Dec. 19; 239-213-3049.

FILM Cambier Park, Naples—Outdoor Family Movie Night, Dec. 19; 239-213-3058. Christmas Movie at the Tree—Dec. 18, Veterans Park, Marco Island; 239-394-7549. Collier County Public Library Film Series—Trouble in Paradise, Dec. 16, 17, call for times and locations; 239-593-0177. 118 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Films on Fifth—Elsa & Fred, Dec. 13, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; 239263-7990.

FOOD, WINE & FASHION Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting—Dec. 3, Fifth Avenue South, Naples; 239-435-3742. De Beers, Waterside Shops, Naples— Nationwide traveling tour of De Beers Champagne Cocktail Fizz Collection, Dec. 23-Jan. 11; 239-254-7989. Evening on Fifth—Live entertainment, shopping and dining, Dec. 10, Fifth Avenue South, Naples; 239-435-3742. M Waterfront Grille, Naples—Wine dinner, Domaine Serene vintner/owners Ken and Grace Evanstad, Dec. 2; 239-263-4421. Marco Island Farmers Market—Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Veterans Park; 239-394-7549. Marissa Collections, Naples—Trunk shows: Cynthia Rose Spring, Dec. 3-4; Arunashi fine jewelry, Dec. 3-5; Hassan Bounkit jewelry, Dec. 10-13; Phillip Lim Spring, Dec. 10-11; Cell Cosmet holiday anti-stress facials, Dec. 8-9; 239-263-4333. Mercato, Naples—Car Showcase, Dec. 5; Let It Snow, Santa, caroling, Dec. 12, 19; Chanukah Celebration, with the Jewish Federation, Dec. 14; mercatoshops.com. Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary Center, Bonita Springs—Dining and demonstrations with Chef Martin Murphy; for schedule, visit robbstucky.com. Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops— Buccellati jewelry, Dec. 4-5; personal appearances/jewelry, Stephen Webster, Dec. 10; Ella Gem, Dec. 11-12; cosmetic artists: Uzo for Nars, Dec. 9-10, Revive’s Dr. Brown and Hylton Lea, Dec. 10; Nini, jewelry, Dec. 15-16; Gucci handbags, Dec. 19; 239-592-5900, ext. 200.


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PATTY & JAY BAKER NAPLES MUSEUM OF ART—ESPHYR SLOBODKINA: REDISCOVERING A PIONEER OF AMERICAN ABSTRACTION, THROUGH DEC. 27. Third Street South, Naples—Farmers Market, Saturdays, behind Tommy Bahama; Thursdays on Third, shopping and entertainment, Dec. 3, 10, 17; New Year Celebration, Dec. 31; 239-649-6707. The Village on Venetian Bay, Naples— Grand Illuminations, tree lighting, shopping, dining, Dec. 3; 239-261-6100.

MUSIC Art League of Bonita Springs—Naples Piano Quartet, Dec. 9, Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs; 239-495-3999. The Bach Ensemble—Holiday Gavotte: Songs of the Nativity, Dec. 20, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples; 239-732-1055. Bonita Springs Concert Band—Dec. 13, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs; 239-498-4985. Cambier Park, Naples—Naples Concert Band, Dec. 6, Gulf Coast Big Band, Dec. 20; 239-263-9521.

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Classic Chamber Concerts—Jasper String Quartet, Dec. 7, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; 239-434-8505. The Hyacinth Series—Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, Dec. 12, 13, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples; 239-261-1487.

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Norris Center, Naplesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Frontline Bluegrass, Dec. 9; Christmas in the Caribbean, Dec. 11; Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus, Dec. 13; Bluegrass Parlor Band with Frontline, Dec. 19; 239-213-3049. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naplesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;From Beethoven to Bernstein, Dec. 3-5; Mozart & Mendelssohn, Dec. 6; Hallelujah: Messiah & More! Dec. 12; Holiday Pops, Dec. 15, 17-20; A Tribute to the Beatles, Dec. 21, 22; Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Orleans Jazz Band, Dec. 29; Jazz, Pop & Swing into the New Year, Dec. 31; 239-597-1900. Steinway Piano Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;FGCU/Steinway Piano Competition Winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Recital, Dec. 3, Steinway Piano Gallery, Bonita Springs; 239-498-9884. Tuba Christmasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Annual holiday concert, Dec. 9, Sugden Plaza, Naples; 239-435-3742.

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SPECIAL EVENTS 2—Education Foundation of Collier County, If the Shoe Fits, shoes and shopping, sponsored by Naples Illustrated, wine, hors d’oeuvres and auctions, benefits Take Stock in Children, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples; 239-643-4755. 3—Naples Bachelor Auction, benefiting the Miss Southwest Florida Scholarship Pageant and the Children’s Miracle Network, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, Naples; 239-403-5170.

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Gala, Bistro Soleil, Marco Island; 239394-7549. 8—Annual City of Naples Christmas Parade, Downtown Naples; 239-213-7120.

10—Boat Parades: Village on Venetian Bay, Naples, 293-403-2204; Marine Industries Association of Collier County, Naples City Dock, Dec. 12, 239-261-0882; Marco Island Yacht Club, Dec. 19, 239-394-7549.

10—International Game Fish Association, Oceans 7, black-tie gala, private club in Naples; 954-924-4222.

14-15, 18—Christmas Island Style Decorating Contest, preliminary and final judging, Marco Island; 239-394-7549.

20—Hadassah, Keepers of the Gate and Major Gifts Cocktail Party, Provence, Naples; 239-348-9312. 29-31—J. Timothy Hogan Foundation, The Ewings of Dallas New Year's Eve Safari, Naples Grande Beach Resort and Hilton Naples & Towers; 239-263-8838. 31—New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Naples Pier; 239-213-7120.

SPORTS 4-5—Gridiron Legends Charity Shootout, golf hosted by former NFL players benefits the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, Step by Step Early Childhood Education and Therapy Center, and Angels’ Activities Inc., Palmira Golf & Country Club, Bonita Springs; 239-591-8901. 9-13—The Shark Shootout, annual PGA tournament hosted by Greg Norman, sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; 888-66-SHARK. 12—AMIKids Big Cypress, Sixth Annual Golf Scramble, Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs; 239-695-1001.

THEATER/DANCE Naples Players—Crimes of the Heart, Dec. 2-19, Etc…, An Evening of New Plays, Dec. 4-5, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; 239-263-7990. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—The Smothers Brothers Show, Dec. 1, The Color Purple, Dec. 8-13, Chicago, Dec. 26-28; 239-597-1900. TheatreZone—Man of La Mancha, Dec. 36, 9-13, G&L Theatre, Community School, Naples; 888-966-3352.

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OUT AND ABOUT 1. Sue Huff, Wanda Moore, Bob Mitchell, Reagan Rule, Criselda Tamayo at the opening of Reagan Rule’s photography studio. 2. Gloria Weissman presents the first checks establishing the building fund for the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida to Paul Pentz, chairman. 3. Janet Romanelli and Rick Rinella at a White House/Black Market fashion show, one of a series of “Fashionable Luncheons” hosted by Truluck’s. 4. Joel Kessler, Desmond Barrett, Bob Saltarelli, Amber Scanlan, Nicole DuPont Strub celebrate grants from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, The PNC Foundation and an individual donor that will fund a year-round arts education outreach program by The von Liebig Art Center for children aged 2 to 5 at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. 5. Rev. Denise Bolton, Natalia Keyser, Pippa Steinhart at the ribbon cutting for Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit at Physicians Regional Medical Center. 6. Ingrid Aielli, Len and Wanda Zaiser at the SeaSalt Italian wine-tasting event.

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Rusty Staub played 23 seasons of major league baseball, spanning 1963 to 1985. The New Orleans native manned first base and right field for the Houston Colt .45s (which later became the Astros), Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. He ended his career as the only major league player to have 500 hits with four different teams. Staub, Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield share the distinction of being the only players to hit home runs before turning 20 years old, and after turning 40. Staub is known for more than a hot bat; he’s a long-established humanitarian. In Southwest Florida, Staub is a huge supporter of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Recruited by his good friends and event trustees Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo, he has attended every Festival since it began 10 years ago. Staub has been in the restaurant business for 21 years, and his Napa Valley contacts have greatly benefited the event. The 2009 wine lot he donated was purchased for $80,000. He also has taken the time to personally visit many of the Festival’s beneficiaries, including the Immokalee Child Care Center, Youth Haven, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, PACE Center for Girls, and the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. “Helping children have a chance is an amazing thing in life,” Staub says. Early in his career, Staub created his New York–based Rusty Staub Foundation. Last year, the organization’s food unit delivered 900,000 emergency meals in the city’s five boroughs. In 1986, Staub established the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, which has raised more than $150 million for families of policemen and firefighters killed in the line of duty. “I was blessed with a talent and it gave me a platform,” Staub says. “When I ask people to direction in my life and I never regretted it.” ◆

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