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features 62 Cocktail Hour NI celebrates the art of dressing for cocktails. Photography by Robert Adamo 70 Ten Objects of Desire Must-haves for the holidays and beyond. By Daphne Nikolopoulos 74 Stella! Designer Stella McCartney brings her ecoconscious collections to South Florida. By Daphne Nikolopoulos 78 Points of Light Bold jewelry design and colored stones brighten the gala season. 84 Elfin Magic A Naples cookie exchange mixes tasty fundraising with good, old-fashioned competition. By Kathy Becker 90 On, Prancer! The Hughes home’s holiday decorations cover five acres decked with 16,000 lights and 53 outdoor trees. By Kathy Becker

Shelia Davis’s annual cookieexchange fundraisers are competitive, yet filled with fun and tradition.

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STYLE 35 Trends Art Deco inspiration 36 Treasure Star power 38 Vanity Home scents 40 Most Wanted Festive red

42 Tastemaker Roberto Coin 44 Self Goods for well-being 46 Design An elegant holiday table

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THE THOUGHTS THAT COUNT ven though some radio stations have been playing holiday music nonstop for what seems like months, it’s only now that the sounds of the season begin to ring true for me. The weather’s a little cooler, friends and neighbors have returned from up north or abroad, and party season is in full swing. On my own playlist, one song is in heavy rotation: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Although the holidays can be a stressful time for many of us, with everything from gifting to entertaining to travel demanding our attention, that song is a reminder to not lose sight of what truly matters at this time of year: making great memories for the people we care about most. While we turn our attention to family gatherings and special celebrations, the gifts we share with friends and loved ones—after fighting our way through the crowds at malls and local retailers to get them—are really secondary to the experience. As the old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. I’m confident each of us would go to any length to obtain the perfect holiday gift for someone if we knew how happy they would be to receive it. Of course, it’s not that we give presents in lieu of affection, but rather to signify the depth of it. The gift of our time, however, is priceless. It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating the holidays poolside here in Florida or at a ski chalet in Europe, creating unique moments during these busy days will last in the minds of those with whom we share them. Some of my favorite childhood holiday memories are the simplest. Though I received many special gifts as a boy, I have never forgotten the rich aromas wafting from the kitchen, colorful lights and decorations around my neighborhood, games and storytelling in the living room, and happy songs on the radio. I don’t think I’m alone, either. Among my friends and acquaintances, I see a growing desire for a return to similar holiday simplicities—occasions to count our blessings and enjoy the company of the people we love. Though we’ll always have a taste for travel, shopping and hosting grand parties during the holidays, increasingly we do these things with the intention of making them indelible experiences for those around us. That’s the right spirit, I think. It makes me feel sort of … well, merry. I suspect it does for you, too. Happy holidays from our family to yours.

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TO THE NEXT LEVEL eave it to Naples to take a simple holiday tradition—the cookie exchange—ramp it up to a competitive extravaganza, and then have it benefit a charity. It’s the same “to the next level” characteristic of the community that morphed a simple wine-tasting into the world-renowned charity Naples Winter Wine Festival (the 2012 edition is January 27-29); plans for a community garden into a worldclass destination; and plans for a children’s attraction into a world-class museum (the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples opens in February). It’s enough to make one wonder what kind of fertilizer is being spread on the grassroots efforts in Naples— particularly for those in other communities who observe with awe the accomplishments of Neapolitans. You may call it holiday baking gone wild when you see the over-the-top, but exceptionally charitable, Naples holiday cookie exchange on page 84. We received word in October that some ladies were already planning their strategy for this year’s competition. Then, perhaps it’s the ease of decorating without the distraction of snow and cold temperatures that makes festooning for the holidays in Florida so opulent. Missing the charms of a northern holiday? You may find that lines of palm fronds outlined in twinkly lights appeal as well. Mike Hughes, whose Christmas decorations rival the Halloween decorations of his wife, will tell you decorating in Naples is not without its challenges (page 90), but well worth doing for lucky friends and family who are invited to see his enchanting wonderland. And while northern transplants might dream of the rare snowfall that bathes everything in a postcard-quality sparkle, Neapolitans know where to find their own sparkle (pages 36, 62, 78), decor (page 46), color (page 40) and inspired gifts (page 70). We at Naples Illustrated wish that your holiday celebrations be Neapolitan in extravagance, while charitable in intent. Cheers.

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Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support The 10th annual “Caring Women Bond to Beat Breast Cancer” luncheon is scheduled for February 1 at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. Bosom Buddies offers physical, emotional and educational support for those fighting breast cancer, and money raised will help the uninsured and underinsured local residents undergoing diagnosis and treatment. Sponsorship opportunities and tables are available. 239-417-4600 bbbcsi.org

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Habitat for Humanity of Collier County Habitat for Humanity of Collier County hosts its inaugural “Tool Belts & Shopping Bags” fundraiser January 19 at Nordstrom, located at the Waterside Shops in Naples. This exclusive after-hours shopping event will include raffles, silent auction and entertainment, to benefit the organization’s mission to build homes for needy families. Tickets are $100. 239-775-0036 habitatcollier.org

Education Foundation of Collier County “If the Shoe Fits,” scheduled for December 6, promises to be an evening of good company, delicious food and the signature “Shoetini” cocktail. Hosted by Clive Daniel Home (2777 Tamiami Trail N., Naples), the event will benefit the Foundation’s Take Stock in Children scholarship and mentoring program while honoring the 2011 Glass Slipper Award recipients: Ingrid Aielli, Bunny Brooks, Linda C. Flewelling, Jo O’Reilly and Sandy Waite. Tickets are $100. 239-643-4755 getonthebuscollier.org/events


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BERRY NICE Code red trend goes beyond the crimson carpet.

Spread Warmth A Liberty of London fabric tea cozy with five layers of insulation ($95) by local purse designer Sonja Benson takes the chill off. Gattle’s of Naples (239262-4791, gattles.com)

Sleigh Bells Go retro with the latest hightech adaptation, a head-turning, old-fashioned Native Union Pop Phone ($31) handset for your electronic devices. BR Uno, Naples (239-261-9806)

Chill Frill Candy Cane Stripe a festive mood in a St. Croix men's shirt ($198). Mondo Uomo, Naples (239434-9484, mondonaples.com)

Vintage St. John Evening ruffled sweater ($425) with a jeweled zipper pull makes any outfit a celebration. Audrey’s, Naples (239-403-8322)

By the Fire No fireplace? Add the warmth of candlelight anytime with a movable Design House wooden candelabra ($95) and square candles ($4.25 each). A Horse of a Different Color, Naples (239-261-1252)

Gift Wrapping Red skin and snake cuff ($929) adds an elegant edge to holiday dressing. Marilyn’s Distinctive European Fashion, Naples (239206-4460, marilynhellman.com) 40  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


      

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COIN COLLECTING After launching a company in Italy to produce jewelry for other prestigious brands, Roberto Coin created his own eponymous collection in 1996, rising to one of the top 10 bestknown brands in the United States within four years, third internationally in six years, and first in Italy. In all designs, Coin sets a small ruby that makes contact with the skin. It’s his signature token of good wishes, as the ruby is thought to give peace, promote long life and bless the wearer with health and happiness. As part of his upcoming personal appearance December 7 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Naples, sales of Coin’s jewelry will benefit the American Cancer Society Bucket List Bash. —Kathy Becker

NI: To what do you attribute your success? RC: We have an incredible ability to understand the desires of each individual consumer, and we are masterful at drawing design inspiration from different facets of life. We have implemented important aspects such as style, design, innovation, credibility, service and quality to produce a superior luxury good that is available at a variety of price points. Moreover, I think I’ve been extremely lucky as I’m a businessman

Is there a particular stone with which

who fell in love with creativity and not a cre-

you prefer to design?

ator who tried to become a businessman.

I am not quite sure if I prefer the diamond or the ruby. I love diamonds, especially my Cento one, which probably has the best cut

Do you design differently for your American clients versus your Italian clients?

dresses; but one thing I am sure, she does

in the jewelry world today. But there is a

Both Italian and American clients are now

want to look different than anybody else, as

very special bond between the ruby and

looking more than ever for the highest qual-

she wants to represent her own class and

me; its fascinating meaning always gives

ity and new styles which remain innovative

style. At the moment I believe that the Ani-

me emotions.

for a long period of time and are able to

malier Scorpion Bangle is the number one

 

suit their different personalities. They want

essential [in my collection]. Since fashion

Your visit to Saks Fifth Avenue in Naples

to feel that the Roberto Coin jewel belongs

is very “of the moment,” this is the per-

will support the American Cancer Soci-

exclusively to them, which today means

fect balance of elegance and trendsetting

ety. Why is this cause important to you? 

luxury as well. In our new advertising cam-

glamour for any woman. Worn with a simple

This is a must of my life, of being socially

paign, Christy Turlington-Burns represents

black sweater, this bangle is the ultimate

responsible for all charity. Therefore, I feel

the different ways of being a woman with

accessory this season. 

extremely honored and happy to be associated with my important clients of Saks Fifth

a same passion for art and style. She is a portrait in which every woman can recog-

Which fashion or jewelry trend do you

Avenue to support the American Cancer

nize herself.

wish would go away?

Society.

In January 2008, I stated in one of my press What is something that every woman

releases, “Nowadays the word luxury has a

What is on the horizon for Roberto Coin

should have in her jewelry wardrobe?

quite negative connotation since it is often

in terms of design?

It really depends on the personality of

associated with excess; in fact, a luxury jewel

Being creatively endless, I truly feel I have

the woman, the status symbol she wants

must have beauty, style and intelligence

a lot of work left to be done. And I continu-

to represent. It depends on the way she

too.” Ostentation should belong to the past.

ously love to surprise myself.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Many are still looking for the Fountain of Youth, including the maker of Cellcosmet skin care from Switzerland. After eight years of research, Cellap Laboratoire has made progress, creating CellLift Serum, an ultrasmoothing and plumping concentrate. Using active ingredients, the cellular and phyto-based elixir replenishes the hyaluronic acid between the epidermis and hypodermis that decreases with age. CellLift works without silicone, artificial coloring or alcohol. Cellcosmet is available exclusively at Marissa Collections.

All That Glitters Give yourself a golden gleam this holiday season at The RitzCarlton Spa, Naples. Through January 31, the spa will feature exclusive services that add a touch of shimmering gold to skin and hair. Besides adding a mellow glow, the precious metal provides anti-aging properties by slowing breakdown of elastin and regenerating healthy skin cells, says Spa Director Michelle Kelthy. Indulge in the wrinkle-reducing 24-Karat Facial; an Egyptian-inspired Golden Shimmer Body Ritual; Gold & Glam Makeup Dusting; a Glitter Manicure & Pedicure or a Glitzy Gel Manicure. Top off the experience by refreshing your tresses with Shimmer Dry, a conditioning shine treatment, shampoo and blow-out finished with gold-flecked pomade. (239-514-6100)

Balancing Act Bethanny Gonzalez, an intuitive healer, spiritual guide and Reiki Master/ Teacher, offers classes and services to help clients achieve spiritual growth, balance and healing at Sweet Grass & Sage Inc. Meditation Studio in Naples. Her goal is to help empower others to connect with spirit and progress mentally, physically and emotionally. Lauren Ziegler, who incorporates a holistic approach to wellness, teaches meditation and yoga at the center also. Along with sweet grass and sage, the gift shop stocks items to promote healing and balance, many of them made locally, including soy candles by Carmen Duerr, jewelry by Gonzalez and artist Candyce Stafford, and paintings by Ziegler and others. (sweetgrass-sage.com) —Kat Smith

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Noble Jasmine Now that the Florida “winter” is in full swing, one might be nostalgic for the scents of spring and summer, or better yet, Italy. Acqua di Parma’s new fragrance, Gelsomino Nobile, was inspired by the jasmine grown in Calabria, Italy. The garden scent is reinforced with Italian mandarin, orange blossom, cedar and a hint of musk. More nostalgia? The Art Deco-style bottle has been the signature of Acqua di Parma since the 1930s, with each Italian-made label applied by hand. Why wait for spring? It is available at La Femme Perfumery, Naples. (lafemmeperfumerynaples.com)


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BIRD IN THE HAND

VANESSA ROGERS

Setting an elegant holiday table can be as simple as bringing together elements you already have, like china, stemware and silver—and then adding details to provide color, including fresh flowers and candles. Designer Petergaye Kisielewicz of Fifth Avenue Design Gallery set Anna Weatherley polka dot and green chargers with a glittery round placemat, napkins and starfish napkin rings, all from Gattle’s, Naples. The rose pedestal urn centerpiece, table, silver candlesticks and bird on a branch sculpture are from Fifth Avenue Design Gallery.

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charisma q&a

Out Regis

Regis Philbin, 80, is adjusting after hosting his last Live with Regis TV show last month after 28 years. But don’t say he’s retired. His final episode is not the final answer to a career that earned him a Guinness World Record for most hours on camera in 2004 and three Emmys. December 29 he appears at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts with Joy, his wife of 41 years. He’s been touring for more than 25 years, combining wit, charm, storytelling and audience participation with an orchestra and classic standards. —Kathy Becker n Why is retirement a dirty word? I’ve been 29 years in this studio, doing this show, and it’s become a little tiresome. I thought maybe I’d like to do something else for a change. I’m not retiring, I’m just moving on, but everyone is saying I’m retiring. n So what will you do? I wrote a book, so I will have a threeweek book tour and a few appearances and some odds and ends. I’ll be taking a little rest. n Joy likes it when you are busy. How is she taking it? She’s not happy with it. Joy will do the show with me down there [in Naples], and we’ll let her spill her guts about what she thinks. We have three albums out, so we’ll do some songs together and probably some funny stuff.

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cameos

Face Value Susan Watts, a former corporate investment banker, left a stressful job in London to start Simply Faces at the NCH Whittaker and Briggs Wellness Centers, where she does facials using a method created for Princess Diana. Watts had skin problems exacerbated by a high-stress life-

Creative Moves Watts hopes to not only teach people how they can look better, but also revitalize their spirits and selfesteem.

As producing director of Gulfshore Playhouse, Kristen Coury knows a little about choreography and the stage. For her own dance steps, she has chosen Nia, a cardio dance that combines Latin, jazz and modern dance with elements of martial arts and yoga. “I was drawn to Nia because not only was it the first time I truly

women who created this revolutionary facial and

experienced joy while working out, but I enjoy

loved the results.” She wanted to share the expe-

the creativity, spirituality and full-body workout

rience, so she became a certified practitioner.

that Nia provides,” she says. Coury received her

She also trained to receive certification to per-

White Belt Certification in The Nia Technique

form facials on breast cancer patients. “I wanted

from France-Laude Godard at L’Ecole de Danse

to start Simply Faces for myself, but I felt indebted

de Paris and now teaches Nia at Beyond Motion

to give back as a specialist.” —Megan Goldman

in Naples. —Christina Wells

PENNY TAYLOR

style. “I did a lot of research and found these

Stepping Up Joint replacement surgery can be a long and painful process. When orthopedic surgeon Frederick F. Buechel Jr., M.D.,  came upon gamechanging robotic surgery, he was ecstatic to see patients recover quickly and with less pain. “In 2007, I was told about robotic joint surgery,” he says. “I thought this technology would be great Dr. Buechel Jr. trains surgeons from around the United States and Europe at his Robotic Joint Replacement Center at Physicians Regional Medical Center.  50  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

for  orthopedics.” He has performed about 400 Makoplasty  robotic  partial  knee  resurfacings and has an international Destination & Training Center for  Makoplasty Robotic Joint Replacement. Innovation runs in the family. His father, Dr. Frederick F. Buechel Sr., co-invented the mobile bearing artificial knee. —Saxon Eastman

Coury is a certified practitioner of the Lightworks Healing Method, a certified level one Reiki Master, and a ballroom dancer, competing around Florida.


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PROMOTION AND EVENTS • December 2 011

American Cancer Society The Society’s 2012 fundraiser, “The Sky is the Limit,” scheduled for March 10 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, will be a sizzling night full of fun, fabulous dining and dancing. With completed bucket lists from last year’s party, the ACS team intends to make dreams come true. Event chair is Liz Jessee. 239-261-0337, ext. 3857 acsbucketlistbash.com

Epiphany Salon & Spa This upscale North Naples salon, owned by Vidal Sassoon-trained stylist Paula Johnson, uses the latest techniques to create custom cuts and flawless color. As a facilitator for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program, Epiphany also specializes in thinning and lost hair, offering a selection of wigs, toppers and toupees. 14700 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 239-594-1800 | epiphanysalon-spa.com

Ave Maria University The university’s inaugural scholarship dinner, scheduled February 1 at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, will honor founder and chancellor Tom Monaghan. Details of a scholarship fund in his name will be announced, supporting students seeking a high-quality, Catholic liberal arts education. VIP reception features the evening’s guest speaker, Bill McGurn, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. 239-280-1523 avemaria.edu/academics

A. Jaron Studio Take an inside look at an authentic jewelry design studio and learn how an expert combines raw materials and handcrafted, finished gems to create exquisite works. Visitors have a chance to see work in progress and purchase finished signature designs. By appointment only. 6310 Trail Blvd. N., Suite A, Naples 239-293-2932 | ajaron.com


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VANESSA ROGERS

Dish

FESTIVE FROSTING

Florida may lack frost, but not frosting. Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes stirs up festive icing to create a flurry of holiday flavors—for parties, corporate gifts or just for fun. Nearly any custom design can be created with artful frosting or fondant to complement any of 23 flavors, such as these vanilla cupcakes decorated in a winter theme.

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local flavor

Incan Empire

Above: Inca’s Creation, a Peruvian treat Left: ForTheGourmet.com offers a wide variety of specialty foods, like sushi.

Gourmet at Home

Recently launched in Naples, Food Innovations provides unique, origin-specific organic, sustainable and artisanal foods to professional chefs. It also offers high-end goods to retail customers via the website ForTheGourmet.com. Items include fine cheeses, Kobe beef, caviar, seafood, game birds, greens, herbs, edible flowers, sushi, desserts and products for molecular gastronomy. The business is run by chefs, who understand the desire of cooks to prepare the perfect meal at home. The site is being updated just in time for the season, notes Justin Wiernasz, president of Food Innovations, who says, “We do have holiday items,” including natural turkeys.

No Deli After more than 25 years in Venetian Village, Artichoke & Company has closed its deli to concentrate on catering services from new corporate offices and a larger catering facility. Fans will not miss out on Chef Brian Gorman’s wine dinners, however, which will be held in other locations. Gorman is used to taking his show on the road. For the past two summers, he has traveled with customers from Naples to the south of France. his skills, honed working with chefs like David Bouley, Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon, remain sharp, and the experience each trip is sublime. “The uniqueness of the product, freshness of the fish, meats and abundance of fresh produce as well as having the freedom of cooking whatever I choose,” Gorman says, make for a creative summer. —Kathy Becker

Even with the drive to Golden Gate, Naples foodies have been flocking to Inca’s Kitchen. American followers of food trends have become enamored lately of Peruvian cuisine. World-renowned chef Ferran Adrià is even working on a documentary about Peru’s fascinating flavors. Rafael Rottiers, owner and chef of Inca’s Kitchen, was ahead of the curve, opening in 2008. During the busy season, diners line up to wait for a chance to sample some of Rottiers’ creations. He attributes the growing attention to Peruvian dishes to a desire for things that are new and different, and his native country’s cuisine features “unique ingredients not found elsewhere,” he says. “Peru produces 2,800 different named potatoes, maybe 5,200 without names.” The beautifully plated dishes he serves, such as cilantro beef stew with white beans, seafood sauté, and ceviche, include herbs, peppers and corn found only in Peru. The portions are generous, but save room for dessert—especially Inca’s Creation, which blends uniquely Peruvian flavors like ice cream flavored with cherimoya fruit, pisco reduction, and traditional bunuelo pastry. —Kat Smith

Nice Fellow Vin DePasquale has had a say in the Naples restaurant scene for more than 35 years. Now he will have a say in the national culinary dialogue. DePasquale, owner and creator of the Dock at Crayton Cove and Riverwalk at Tin City, has been selected for the prestigious Culinary Institute of America Society of Fellows. He will collaborate with others who provide the impetus for social change in health and wellness, world flavors, food ethics and sustainability. The CIA is widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. In the ’70s, DePasquale opened the Dock, and was involved in the redevelopment of the Olde Marine Marketplace, now Tin City. In 1979, his Riverwalk Fish & Ale House at Tin City opened. Marker 4, sold to Chart House in the late ’80s, and a revitalized Island Club, sold in the early ’90s, were additional successes. He also established Naples’ annual Great Dock Canoe Race. 54  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Vin DePasquale


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spirits

SPIRITED NEW YEAR For fashionable sipping, brown is the new black. BY MARK SPIVAK

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For cocktail recipes using some of these spirits, visit naplesillustrated.com

We may not be shoveling snow or tossing logs into the fireplace, but there’s nothing like a few ounces of your favorite whiskey to make the world a better place. Brown spirits are making a comeback, and it’s easy to see why. Here are our recommendations, some off the beaten track, to start the year off right. Single-Malt Scotch: The Dalmore began as a small family still in 1839. Under the direction of master blender Richard Paterson, the whiskey is still made by hand in small batches today. The Gran Reserva ($65), matured in sherry casks and American oak bourbon barrels, is delightful; purists will appreciate the 12-yearold ($48) and 15-year-old ($72). Blended Scotch: Blends are a combination of malt and grain whiskeys. They tend to be richer and softer than single malts, with the smoky flavor of peat less predominant. Dewar’s 12-year-old ($35) is a good choice in the affordable range—ripe and sweet, with nuances of caramel and vanilla. In the 18 Year Old from Chivas Regal ($70), master blender Colin Scott combines more than 20 rare malts in a blend that makes a nice gift or a fine indulgence. Cognac: According to the cliché, all Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac. Similarly, not all XO Cognac 56  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

is created equal. Like Scotch, it must be labeled according to the youngest spirit in the blend. The minimum age for an XO is six years. A bottle from the big three (Hennessy, Remy Martin and Courvoisier) will cost around $150, and there’s no guarantee of any older spirits in the blend. Take a look at the smaller, artisanal producers to find bargains. The Delamain family has been making Cognac since 1759; the XO, aged for 25 years ($95), is a special treat. Brandy: Some brandies are surprisingly close in quality to the best Cognac. If you want to buy Zacapa rum is made in Guatemala.


Barrels of Four Roses bourbon (left); taking a Cognac sample at Delamain.

American, try the spectacular Select Barrel XO from Germain-Robin ($100). Located in Ukiah, California, this brand is a partnership between Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin, a former Cognac distiller. The distillery buys only high-quality grapes to use for its base wine and turns out its spirits by hand. Bourbon: America’s “heritage spirit” is one of the hottest beverages on the market. Allocated, small-production whiskeys such as Pappy Van Winkle can easily cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but there are alternatives. Try the Four Roses Single Barrel ($50), made by master distiller Jim Rutledge. This distinctive, 100-proof bourbon was sold only in Asia for several decades, but is available in the United States once again. Rum: There’s far more to this category than Bacardi. The finest aged rums are best enjoyed in a snifter and sipped slowly like Cognac. Hailing from Barbados and matured in Kentucky oak, the Mount Gay Extra Old ($50) is a good place to start, as is the 23-year solera from Ron Zacapa Centenario ($45). The XO from Ron Zacapa will set you back $135. Canadian Club: The two top blends in the Canadian Club range are the Sherry Cask ($45) and Black ($80), although these can be hard to find. A better bet is Crown Royal Reserve ($55), formerly called Special Reserve, created by master blender Andrew MacKay. u NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  57


pursuits

First Class TIGER QUEST India offers a unique brand of haute safari. By PAUL RUBIO

Step aside, Africa. India is redefining the luxury safari experience with its own charismatic ambassadors to Earth’s biological heritage. Headlined by the majestic and elusive Bengal tiger, safaris in the heart of India’s central plains marry intrepid adventure with high style, catering to a growing paradigm of wildlife wanderlust. The state of Madhya Pradesh in India’s heartland plays host to three national parks—Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench— where most of the country’s remaining tiger populations roam. In association with TAJ Safaris, the company &Beyond India has established high-end lodges and exclusive tented camps in all three parks to facilitate the road less traveled for the world’s fiercest tiger trailblazers.

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Perched over the riverbanks near Kanha National Park, &Beyond’s Banjaar Tola camp is an enclave of “big top”-style tented mega suites in the thick of a bustling forest teeming with flying red squirrels, curious langurs and macaques, boisterous warthogs, massive buffalo, endangered ungulates, peacocks in full bloom, stunning Indian roller birds, stalking leopards and, of course, magnificent tigers. Following the tiger treasure map through India, we successfully “strike gold” in Kanha National Park when we legally travel “off-road” with a park mahout on elephant back into Kanha’s deeper terrain. Minutes later, The Jungle Book comes to life. Three tigers quietly crawl out from under dense thicket. According to their size, they are roughly two years old. They


seem unaffected by our presence, cavorting around the adjacent watering hole. The delicious rush of adrenaline that grips us is relentless and time stands still. Unlike the big game in Africa, sightings of the world’s most elusive predator can be infrequent, so we do not take this precious moment for granted. Although Kanha spoils us with tiger sightings daily, the Indian safari experience is more than up-close-and-personal time with the regal striped cats. Our &Beyond guide, Narayan, provides an endless source of excitement, storytelling, lessons in conservation management and humility. He even surprises, bringing iced coffee and muffins during our in-park breakfast break to complement the traditional hearty roti and spicy pickle morning start. Every night, returning to Banjaar Tola is a fairy-tale ending to another epic day of watching peacocks mating, leopards and wild dogs hunting, Indian rollers soaring up in the sky. Come nightfall, the chef prepares a feast of traditional Indian dishes, representative of vastly different states and regions. Wait staff stand at the ready for drink orders in the common dining areas and by the exquisite poolside, or to pour our favorite wines in the comfort of our “big-top” suite. The luxe amenities rise up a notch at Baghvan, Banjaar Tola’s sister lodge near Pench National Park. Accommodations at Baghvan include individual jungle houses, featuring covered rooftop platforms, outdoor shower gardens and impressive local antique furnishings. Divine Indian dinners are served under the skies near the lodge’s stylish infinity pool or, better yet, under a centuries-old sacred tree in the surrounding jungle. Though a lifelong dream of seeing tigers in the wild fueled our trip to India, you don’t have to be a hard-core wildlife enthusiast to relish this sumptuous safari experience. All you need is a sense of adventure and intrepid inclination blended with a taste for the finer things in life. andbeyondindia.com u

PAUL RUBIO

Clockwise: Poolside at Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge; Banjaar Tola’s tented camp; tigers at Kanha National Park Previous page: Sleep al fresco in your private bale at Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge.

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Join the Celebration!

As part of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-long 30th-anniversary celebration, the Phil is offering a 2-for-1 special in January for the orchestra’s classical and pops programs. Buy one ticket for Prokofiev’s Fifth or Music of the Baby Boomers: The Beat Goes On and get a second one free! (While tickets last.) Experience great classical and pops music at half the price – and help celebrate the orchestra’s 30th anniversary season!

pRoKoFiEV’s FiFTH

Jorge Mester, music director/conductor Karen Gomyo, violin Christian Poltéra, cello BERNSTEIN – Overture to Candide BRAHMS – Double Concerto for Violin and Cello PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 5

ClassiCal

Thursday-Saturday, January 5-7, 8 p.m. Concert Prelude at 7 p.m. Starting at $35 adult, $27 student BOGO CODE WORD: BRAHMS

MUsiC oF THE BaBY BooMERs: THE BEaT GoEs oN Jack Everly, principal pops conductor Join the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and six incredible singers as they turn back the clock to the 1960s when the “Fab Four” took the world by storm, the Beach Boys made summer “endless” and the Supremes put Motown on the map. The program includes music by Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel and much more!

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Buy tickets now! Call (800) 597-1900 or visit our Box Office: 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples · Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Don’t forget to mention the BOGO CODE WORD! Offer expires January 22, 2012.

PHILHARMONIC CENTER for the ARTS® Home of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra · Jorge Mester, music director

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high road

HEAD TURNER With its new Evoque, Range Rover offers a stunning twist on the go-anywhere crossover. BY HOWARD WALKER

Fire engine red. Two seats. Convertible top. Throaty motor under the hood delivering the power to lunge from zero to 60 in the time it takes to say, “Gone in 60 seconds.” Fast. And a little bit furious. Ahhh, the he-man sports car. Everybody’s “one-day” dream car. As in, “One day I’m going to shed this four-seat blandmobile and get myself into something sporty.” Hopefully just in time to coincide with that mid-life crisis. But let’s rationalize this dream for a second. Fact is, a high-powered, curve-carving sports car here in the Sunshine State makes about as much sense as a supercharged snow blower. Running on nitrous. Unless you run the gauntlet of the law on Alligator Alley at 3 a.m., you’re going to be lucky to exceed 80 mph, at which veloc60  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

ity you’re likely to be passed by the average 16-year-old in a Prius texting his or her BFF. So, perhaps the primary appeal of sportscar ownership is to simply look cool. Which is where the new Range Rover Evoque comes in. This thing is cooler than Clooney cruising Como, as head-spinning as Angelina just about anywhere. It started life as a bold, headline-grabbing auto show concept—the LRX—back in 2008. The consumer response was so positive, the Land Rover high-ups said, “Let’s build it—and not change a thing.” And it’s not just the Evoque’s supermodel looks that scream, “cool.” This is the smallest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever. It’ll average 28 miles to the gallon on the highway, thanks to its new four-cylinder— yes, you read that right—four-cylinder turbo engine. It’s also the most affordable Range Rover too. While a loaded supercharged Range Rover Autobiography will set you back the best part of $130,000, stickers for the

Evoque run from $44,000 to the high $50s. As you’d expect, attention-grabbing looks and attainable pricing are going to put this new Evoque on the shopping list of a whole new generation of buyers, 90 percent of whom will be new to Range Rover. And this isn’t the “Welly boot” and quilted shooting jacket set. Most will be in their late 30s or early 40s, split equally male and female; people who live in the city and have no aspirations of getting the rubberware muddy. Buyers who, you guessed it, may have been considering a sports car, perhaps a BMW 3-series coupe, an Audi TT, a Mercedes SLK. The new Evoque comes in two flavors— stunning three-door coupe and equally striking five-door. Yes, it’ll probably be the three-door that lures buyers into the showroom, but it’ll be the practicality of those two extra doors that will have them signing on the dotted line. See it out on the street and it really does look like something that drove off the pages


of Wired magazine. That wickedly raked windshield. That floating tapered roof that almost meets the swept-up beltline at the rear. It’s like the resulting love child from a one-night stand between a Range Rover Sport and a Mini Cooper. Inside, the cabin is just as sleek as the exterior—big-bolstered bucket seats up front; that sexy, rising cylindrical gear selector borrowed from sister company

Jaguar; lots of swooping lines and lovely detailing; and a sensational, available allglass roof. Yes, the rear seats are a little tight on knee room, and that sloping roof does nothing for rearward visibility. Or rear headroom. But trunk space is decent and becomes cavernous with the rear seats flipped forward. For those who might ask, “Fifty grand, and a four-cylinder?” there’s only one answer:

Drive it. This 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo, derived from Ford’s EcoBoost motor, packs a hearty 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Coupled to a six-speed auto with standard all-wheel drive, it’ll rush to 60 mph in a speedy 7 seconds. Show it a twisty piece of two-lane blacktop—I know, not that easy here in Florida—and the Evoque changes direction like a spooked cat. The electric-assist steering is precise and nicely weighted, while grip from those big tires is impressive. To try out the Evoque’s considerable offroad capabilities—this is, after all, a Range Rover—we drove to the top of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia, in a snowstorm. While you’ll never need these mud-plugging abilities, it’s nice to know they’re there. And, like everything else about this new Evoque, that’s pretty cool. u

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Cocktail Hour NI celebrates the art of dressing for cocktails.

Photography by Robert Adamo

Shot on location in the Presidential Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Jewelry provided by Graff Diamonds, special order Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples

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Gold and black sequin dress with black-gold flowers, Gucci, Naples

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Sequin and feather cocktail dress, Badgley Mischka, Palm Beach, badgleymischka.com Opposite page: Fendi pink perforated dress with fox fur trim, Marissa Collections, Naples; Christian Louboutin black patent pumps, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples; black deco box handbag, Ralph Lauren, Naples


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Pink embellished dress, Dolce & Gabbana, Bal Harbour, dolcegabbana.com Opposite page: Stella McCartney embroidered polka dot stretch dress, Marissa Collections, Naples


Oscar de la Renta ivory silk organza dress with beaded fringe and feather skirt, Fendi silver beaded clutch, Marissa Collections, Naples Opposite page: Black beaded cocktail dress, Ralph Lauren, Naples; suede Burma and strass pumps, Christian Louboutin, Miami, christianlouboutin.com Fashion Editor: Katherine Lande Design Director: Olga Gustine Model: Jorgi, Next Management, New York Hair & Makeup: Gina Simone, ginasimone.com, beauty provided by Giorgio Armani Beauty Photography Assistant: Robert Kildoo 68  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


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By Daphne Nikolopoulos

Objects of Desire

Our musts for the holidays and the 2012 social whirl

Driving Ambition

FOOT SCULPTURE The shoe as art. That sums up the philosophy of Roger Vivier, and it is nowhere more apparent than in the brand’s Collection Rendez-Vous. The limited-edition collection for fall/winter is rife with couture touches. A geometric resin and gold metal clutch. A sandal with a soaring tuft of black Nandu feathers. An ankle boot with gold chain mail. The Rose n’ Roll heel, made with black satin, gold sequins and a gold-embroidered tulle rose, is perfect for dancing on balmy Naples nights. rogervivier.com 70  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

FORM AND FUNCTION

Made in Italy. Those three words are music to our ears. The Italians’ famed craftsmanship and iconic design in both fashion and automotive art have come together in one exquisite product: the Maserati GranCabrio by Fendi. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the car was unveiled to collective gasps in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s all about the leather. Sumptuous skins from the Selleria collection were used to craft the seats, instrument panel, gear cover and floor mats. The exterior color—gunmetal gray with a subtle golden iridescence—was custom-made by Fendi, as was the wood trim on the dash. The brake calipers are, of course, Fendi yellow. Fendi also launched a complementary luggage collection—because you couldn’t just put Samsonites in that trunk, now, could you? maserati.com

Exciting news from the House of Hermès this season. The new Maison line of contemporary furnishings and fabrics, bearing the signatures of Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio and the RDAI Studio, was much lauded when presented at the Milan furniture fair. With good reason. As is typical of the Hermès aesthetic, this beauty needs no ornamentation. Materials are luxurious and craftsmanship is superb, yet the expression is subtle. The quality of bull calf leather, Canaletto walnut and horsehair woven with sisal speaks for itself. Items like the Amazone lounge chair by Citterio are destined to be tomorrow’s collectible pieces. hermes.com


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WHAT TO READ NOW

Gorgeous—and inspirational—coffee table books

ON THE BALS “This is not just a tale of high society parties, but the story of a vanished way of life.” So promises the opening spread of Bals, a scrumptious new release from Assouline. We simply could get lost in its pages of decadent parties, opulent costumes and glamorous tastemakers from eras past. An homage to the legendary costume balls of the twentieth century, it ushers readers inside such grand affairs as Paul Poiret’s The Thousand and Second Night, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, and Czar Nicholas II’s Romanov Ball. The anecdotes alone—some sweet, some tart—are worth the price of admission. assouline.com

A Study in CONTRAST Celerie Kemble is, without doubt, one of the leading interior designers of our time. So when she releases a new book, we pay attention. Her latest, Black & White (and a Bit in Between) from Clarkson Potter, pays tribute to the dramatic contrast between the two ends of the spectrum. Some of the work showcased in the book is hers, and some is by other celebrated designers, including Delphine Krakoff, Mark Hampton and Bunny Williams. With tips on everything from decorating to collecting to entertaining, this book is as practical as it is inspirational. clarksonpotter.com

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Demarchelier’s DIOR If there is one person who can do justice to the designs of Christian Dior, it’s Patrick Demarchelier. After all, a model and the clothes she wears are only as good as the photos they appear in. In a stunning tour de force, Demarchelier has photographed more than 100 iconic Dior gowns, many designed by the master himself and others by his successors, on leading models including Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bündchen, Agyness Deyn and Caroline Trentini, as well as actress Charlize Theron. The venues range from the Plaza Athénée to Times Square. The work is published in Dior Couture, out this month from Rizzoli. The image that took our breath away: Magdalena Frackowiak and Kim Noorda, like birds of paradise in John Galliano for Dior gowns, in the garden of the Musée Rodin. rizzoliusa.com


THINGS OF BEAUTY From trend to timeless

Scented SPACES

Diptyque has long been a favorite purveyor of home fragrance. Now, with the release of the fiftieth anniversary signature range, it’s even more so. The capsule collection, Les Invites du 34 (for 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, the brand’s address in Paris) is a creative collaboration with three perfumers—Olivia Giacobetti, Fabrice Pellegrin and Olivier Pescheux—and contains a candle, an eau de toilette and a multiuse fragrance. The Curiosités candle by Olivia Giacobetti contains an unusual mix of notes, including tulipwood, Alaska cypress, angelica and clove. According to le nez, it evokes “a place steeped in history and memories.” A lovely hostess gift. diptyqueparis.com

COUTURE COSMETICS

RED BULLET Trends come and go, but red remains. This season, it so happens that classic red also is very on-trend. And it isn’t just for evening anymore. A red lip is the ultimate expression of femininity, day or night, so wear it with confidence. This year, our favorite colors are by Dior: Rouge Favori and Rouge Ara. dior.com

The must-have makeup collection of the season: Daphne Guinness for MAC. Guinness—eccentric aristocrat, artist, fashion icon—has designed an intriguing palette with shades that hint at her rebel soul. Always one to get involved with her art, she actually mixed the colors by hand to get the desired results. Because she wanted something original, she didn’t even look at other collections or fashion trends. (“Trends annoy me, actually,” she says.) The colors are very wearable but also quite distinct. Take the Hyperion nail lacquer, for instance. A clear, iridescent shade, it glimmers with a light of its own. “It resembles this almost gray, steely light that is pure Whistler from the 1890s, when he still had fog in the paintings,” she says. maccosmetics.com

AGELESS BEAUTY Luminous skin isn’t an accident. It comes from a combination of factors—rest, hydration and a positive state of mind. Well, a little La Prairie doesn’t hurt, either. We have our eye on the limited-edition Extraordinary and Rare Platinum Collection, said to recharge the skin’s electrical balance, thereby enhancing nutrient absorption and restoring radiance. The collection includes all the Platinum Rare range—cellular cream, eye cream and cellular serum—presented in a lovely silver jewel box. shoplaprairie.com NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  73


stella! Stella McCartney’s brand of eco-conscious luxury comes to South Florida. By Daphne Nikolopoulos Below, left to right: Emily Baker, Siri Tollerod and Hailey Claussen model the spring collections.

When it comes to talent and creative thinking, Stella McCartney has an enviable pedigree. The daughter of Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney, she has always been exposed to the artistic mind-set. But her talent for fashion is uniquely her own. When she was 16, she interned for Christian Lacroix. She then attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in her native London, and her graduating collection was famously modeled by friends Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss. Two years later, she was appointed creative director at Chloé—a testament to her ability and promise. Since 2001, she’s been designing for her own brand, which has become known for exquisite tailoring, a youthful edge and a thoughtful allegiance to sustainability. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney, 40, uses no animal products—most notably fur and leather—in her collections. “I think it’s great that you don’t have to sacrifice ethics for beautiful things,” she says. This month, McCartney opens her first Florida store, at the Bal Harbour Shops, and her collection is available at Marissa Collections in Naples. She shares her thoughts on design, success and social awareness with NI. NI: Tantalize us with a few details about your new store in Bal Harbour. MCCARTNEY: Our first store in Florida will have a signature herringbone sustainable oak parquet floor that we have created bespoke for all our newly opened shops, and will carry our RTW, accessories, lingerie, kids’ wear, beauty and Adidas collections, as well as the recently launched Eco sunglasses. I have also designed a brass gold palm tree pendant, which will be sold exclusively at the new Bal Harbour store.

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McCartney and U2 lead singer Bono (left); the Falabella bag (above and right) in faux skins; the new Eco sunglasses (below).

Your Spring 2012 collection is so fresh. What was your inspiration for this? I think spring is really about getting people excited and re-energized for the new season. I felt that an explosion of print and color using a vibrant deck-chair stripe and a bold mirrored hand-painted Hawaiian print just seemed right and full of happy connotations; everything from Elvis to a holiday.   You cut in such an innovative way. Even a simple shift looks progressive in your hands. How do you achieve the balance between wearability and edge? For me, it’s important to design clothes that women not only want because they are beautiful designs, interesting and new, but also clothes that they want to wear because they feel good and confident in them. I want to see women enjoying and living in these clothes.   There is a misconception that, in order for a shoe or a bag to be beautiful, it has to be leather. And yet yours are gorgeous without the use of hides. How do you do it? About 50 million animals die for the sake of fashion every year, which is extremely wasteful and significantly contributes to climate change, as farming uses a lot of water, energy and land, devastates forests and pollutes oceans. There are a lot of alternatives to using leather in accessories. We use PU made in Italy, and not PVC, but also velvets, cottons, linens, raffias, sustainable wood, recycled nylons. … At the end of the day, it’s more creative. It’s a challenge sometimes, working with alternative fabrics, as they react differently. You can’t cut those fabrics raw like leather, and they don’t stretch the same way, so we have to adapt the fit to make the shoes as comfortable. But the great thing is that people buy our accessories because they like the designs, not because we don’t use leather. 76  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Is your no-fur/no-leather policy restrictive in any way? First, it’s important for me to say I’m not perfect and that for me, it is about the principle. Sustainability is important, recycling is important. I think it is a mindset: Everyone can do really simple things to make a difference, and every little bit counts, and there is still a long way to go. My first job is to make desirable, luxurious, beautiful clothing and accessories that women want to buy. But I will always take the opportunity to use a beautiful organic fabric. I obviously don’t use any animal skins or furs in my collections, which has a huge impact on the planet. My first decision is always based on: Can I do this in a more environmental way without sacrificing design? If I can, then there is no reason not to.   You believe in a “green” approach across the board. Tell me some of the ways you are instituting green practices into your brand and reducing your carbon footprint. We try to make Earth-friendly decisions whenever we can, as it’s part of our brand DNA. Aside from the efforts we do with our designs, we use biodegradable bags and recycled paper products whenever possible. The herringbone floors in some of our stores are made of sustainable oak, and we use organic felt for some of our shop furniture. Our London offices are powered by Ecotricity, which invests in wind power, and the recently opened Dallas store is solar-powered. We also use hybrid vehicles as much as possible.   Why was it important to do a kids’ line? I’ve wanted to do kids ever since I’ve had kids and probably even a little bit before. Everyone has said to me over the last years, “When are you going to do kids?” I really felt there was a bit of a gap in the market and felt that with kids’ wear, it really needs to be accessible and realistic on the price points but still have a timelessness


At the New York launch party (clockwise from top left): Josephine Skriver, Deborah Muller; Anais Mali; Milou Van Groesen, Marique Schimmel; Bono and actress Liv Tyler, both friends of the designer.

and quality. We really wanted to make it modern from creating the right design for the right age group, to having unisex styles, to being available online immediately.   How do your children influence your creative process for the kids’ line? Indeed, how do they influence your creative process as a whole? The kids are involved, just by the mere fact that they are the most important things in my life and are present in my brain at all times. Their likes and dislikes creep in, and sometimes I have to be careful of that. But I also try to think beyond just my experience of kids.    What is the most important thing you learned from your parents? Do unto others as others would do unto you! u NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  77


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POINTS OF LIGHT Bold designs and colored stones brighten up the gala season. Oriental Dancer clip with garnets, yellow sapphires, amethysts, turquoise and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels, Naples; Lucifer Vir Honestus rose gold Ventus ring with diamonds, Marissa Collections, Naples; South Sea pearl, white gold and diamond ring, Cleopatra’s Barge, Naples; Jean Schlumberger Conique bracelet with red spinels and diamonds, Tiffany & Co., Naples.

Opposite page: Butterfly brooch with pavé diamonds and a blue pear-shaped rose-cut diamond set in platinum and titanium; Enchanted Lotus cuff with pavé diamonds in white gold, De Beers, Naples; fancy green, yellow and pink diamond ring in platinum, white and rose gold, Bigham Jewelers, Naples. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  79


Verdura brooch (circa 1946) with star sapphire, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and rubies, verdura.com; Gilan Passionate Heritage Collection rose-cut diamond and tanzanite ring, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples; white gold, ceramic and diamond Love cuff, Cartier, Naples.


Lover’s Key Starfish diamond and sapphire earrings, Port Royal Jewelers, Naples; white and yellow diamond, blue sapphire, cabochon garnet and ruby-eyed swallow brooch, Paul J. Schmitt Jeweler, Naples; Valerie Smith square-cut blue topaz ring in an Art Deco setting, BR Uno, Naples; faceted roughcut aquamarine ring, Carlson’s Fine Jewelry, Naples. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  81


Amanda Jaron Forget Me Not sterling silver, white topaz and rock quartz drop pendant, A.Jaron Fine Jewelry, Naples; diamond and platinum earrings, Provident Jewelry, Naples; Les Eclatantes Collection Craquantes openwork cuff with pink sapphires and diamonds set in white gold, Louis Vuitton, Naples.

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Diamond and platinum barrette, Harry Winston, harrywinston.com; Pichiotti sapphire and diamond leaf brooch, Yamron Jewelers, Naples; peacock cuff with diamonds, emeralds, tourmalines, sapphires, tsavorites, lazulites and lapis lazuli, Chopard, chopard.com. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  83


Look out, Martha Stewart; a Naples cookie exchange mixes tasty fundraising with good, old-fashioned competition. By Kathy Becker | PHotography by Nick shirghio

Woe to the uninitiated at Shelia Davis’s annual cookie-exchange fundraisers—although the multipage rules that accompanied the invitation might have been a tip-off to the highly competitive nature of these fun and tradition-filled confection exchanges. “I’ve been to cookie exchanges, but not like this,” said Deborah Hammond, development director for the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, who attended her first exchange at Davis’s in 2010, to benefit the museum. “This is way too much pressure,” joked Karen Scott, also attending her first competitive cookie exchange. The competition began with the cookies, with guests vying to make traditional family offerings or something different, pretty and delicious. The object, in addition to making money for the charity, was to create cookies so compelling, everyone wanted to take them home. “I’ve been doing it annually since 2005,” Davis said. “I started it for the Community School. It became competitive, with up to 45 women here. I was up until 2 a.m. icing my cookies. Martha Stewart has wanted to tape it.” Sometimes the cookie party is presented as an auction item at a fundraiser, and women bid to have Davis host. For the Children’s Museum, Davis requested guests make a donation to the museum and bring six-dozen cookies creatively packaged by the half dozen, plus another dozen for the Tasting Table. The participants

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took home a variety of cookies along with an apron with the museum’s logo “elfed” for the occasion. Because there were so many guests and not enough cookies for each guest to sample them all, even the cookie selection became competitive. “In the second year for the Community School, women were strategically placed around the table,” Davis said. “In the midst of it, my chandelier was swinging. It was nothing short of the 6 a.m. special at Kmart after Thanksgiving.” Yet there was no prize for the best cookie, no declared winner. “Winning” is creating the most coveted cookie. “If no one takes your cookies, you go home crying,” Linda Malone said. As a result, participants baked up their best. “My first attempt was sage shortbread,” said Sandi Moran. “It was a disaster and looked horrible. I had been warned it is very competitive.” Some participants weren’t afraid to admit defeat and call in reinforcements. Kirsten Ferrara attempted to get her recipe right for three days and finally gave up. “Mine proudly came from Mikkelsen’s [Pastry Shop],” she said. Carol Lund declared her first attempt “pathetic” and had chef Wilhelm Gahabka from the Bay Colony Golf Club bake her offering. Donna Solimene, who confessed she doesn’t bake, had helpers make her Arkansas peanut brittle.

Far left and this page: The tasting table in Shelia Davis’s kitchen offered beautiful presentations. Center: The hostess with the most, Shelia Davis, some years has several cookie exchange competitions at her home.


Several of the ladies presented cookies made from family recipes, including Mary Susan Clinton, who made her grandmother’s divinity; Malone, who made her grandmother’s four o’clock cookies; and Anne Wamser, who used a recipe she makes with her grandchildren in a Crock-Pot. Grace Evenstad of Domaine Serene Winery brought taste-tested Death by Chocolate cookies. “Every year at harvest, we cook for the harvest crew. I do the desserts,” she said. “This is the favorite—chocolate cookies and walnuts.” Shelly Stayer, co-owner of Johnsonville Sausage and first-time attendee, joked that she used a special ingredient. “I made German chocolate balls—filled with sausage,” she said about her chocolate and peanut butter balls. Then there was presentation. Shirlene Elkins decorated twofoot-tall, lighted Oscar de la Renta tinsel trees with her sugar 88  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

cookies, made using the White House recipe. Malone created a cookies-and-cocoa tray. Ferrara presented her Linzer cookies in an “Asia meets Austria” tea set for five friends, with jasmine tea. “Sorry about the presentation,” said Barbara Jordan, who admitted she also had an “angel” bake her cookies. “I didn’t know we were having Oscar de la Renta here.” Perhaps Jordan’s comment was directed also at Marissa Hartington, who combined style and substance. She had Jitka Jira, a Marissa Collections employee from Prague, create Slovakian cookies, and served them on a vintage Versace Christmas plate. Undefeated, competitive newcomers used the occasion to begin planning for the next season’s round of cookie exchanges. Even though Terry Edwards brought tasty chocolate truffles, she was strategizing to improve her creation. “Next time, I’ll do better with the packaging.” u


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On, Prancer! Mike Hughes rides out the season on five acres decked with 16,000 lights and 53 outdoor trees. By Kathy Becker Photography by jerry rabinowitz

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ike many adopters of seasonal traditions, Mike Hughes was inspired by his father. Now with a home, barn and horses of his own on five acres, Hughes, managing broker of Downing-Frye Realty Inc., is ramping up the festive decor. “It started out for the family,” Hughes says. “My father did it when I was a kid. I try to outdo my dad. I’d say I’m doing it for the kids, but I think I’m doing it for me. Somehow, it puts you in a good mood. I manage a big company, and I like to come home and tinker.” The festooning starts before Halloween with decor by his wife, Ruth, that’s comparable to what they put out for Christmas. “One side of our attic will scare the living daylights out of you, the other side will make you feel good about Christmas,” Hughes says. The horse trailer becomes haunted for Halloween, while for Christmas it has a sleigh on top. Each year, they host big Halloween and Christmas parties to show off their decorated property, which is at the end of a long, winding driveway and not visible from the road. “We get the decorations up, and so few people see them,” Hughes says. “The more people who come to our party, the more I want to offer them a show. A lot of people say it’s their favorite party of the year. We blare Christmas music through the woods. At Christmastime, you hope you can put people in a nice, happy mindset.” Christmas decorating begins about two weeks before Thanksgiving. “My

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friends know not to answer the phone around Thanksgiving, because they know I’m asking for help.” After living on the property and decorating for 12 years, Hughes knows to set up the lights in sections to spread the electric burden across multiple electric breakers. The decorations are stored in labeled bins, and he learned to save himself three days of tree assembly by not breaking them down and boxing them each year. In addition to installation, there’s maintenance, with decorations needing constant upkeep. He keeps a bin of lights handy throughout the season for replacements. Sometimes, he tries something that doesn’t work, like one year lighting the horse practice arena only to find the horses would mess with the lights. But he’s not deterred, and says he’s always on the lookout for additions even as he is putting decorations up and taking them down. “Once I was driving through the neighborhood and saw one guy with two or three of the white trees,” he says. Above left: Mike, Emily, Ruth and Sarah in the barn. Top and far left: Decor inside and out reflects the interests of the family. Middle: Mike Hughes lights and decorates real trees on the property, along with artificial trees. Left: Painted wooden cutouts make a fanciful daytime scene. Right: Even the stables are decorated, although Hughes found the wreaths and stockings can’t stay up all the time because the horses mess them up. 92  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED


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Above: Lighted trees and decorations make the Hughes home a holiday wonderland. Left: Some of the many Santa figures that decorate the home indoors. Right: Hughes keeps plenty of extension cords and light replacements on hand during the holiday season, and adds to his decorations constantly.

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“I thought they looked pretty good. I found Wal-Mart sold them, but each store only had three or four. I had to go to 15 stores from East Naples to Fort Myers to buy white trees. I don’t know what’s worse each year, the credit card bill with presents, or the Florida Power & Light bill.” The overall decorating theme includes horses, so the display at the back of the house includes white-lighted running horse figures among colored trees. Even the barn gets decorated, with wreaths and stockings on the stall doors. Hand-painted wood cutouts of holiday figures and scenes purchased online appear throughout the property. Despite the early start, Hughes won’t turn the display on until after Thanksgiving. “Before that doesn’t seem right,” he says. “I run them through New Year’s Eve. The first trick after everything is in place is having electricity in the house. Sometimes we have to bring in an electrician.” Lighting is important inside, where an 11-foot tree features horse ornaments and decorations collected during the family’s travels. The family room has Santa Claus figurines, and a musicplaying light-show tree. Even though he dreads taking the decorations down, a process that takes about a month, Hughes says he looks forward to the tradition. “We like Christmas,” he says. “Even in tough years, it’s always been a big deal for us. This is a hobby. We enjoy doing it.” u NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  95


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Southern Bells

The holidays in Charleston offer Southern-style charm and rich history. By Robert Ragaini

The magnificent homes in Charleston’s Historic District are beautiful any time of year, but Christmas is a gift that keeps giving, with homes on the streets perched like gaily decorated packages for all to enjoy. Marion Square, a small park on the edge of the Historic District, draws visitors to listen to gospel, folk and classical music, choirs and storytellers, as well as visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At night, revelers bask in the glow of the magical web of Christmas lights strung on a hollow, 60-foot-high metal tree. A short walk from the square,

two museums have been dressed in their Charleston holiday best. In rice merchant Nathaniel Russell’s Federal townhouse, beautifully restored carved mantels and expensive furnishings attest to a very comfortable way of living. The second Historic Charleston house museum, the Aiken-Rhett House, has the unsettling distinction of possessing some of the best-preserved slave quarters in the South. Governor William Aiken Jr. owned more than 700 slaves at his plantation, while a dozen maintained his mansion in town. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2011  97


Clockwise from far left: Charleston is referred to as “The City of Churches”; Middleton Place on the Ashley River; travel by horsedrawn carriage for the Christmas Progressive Dinner.

Another marvelously restored must on the magical history tour is the unique Dock Street Theatre, where a kid-friendly version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol graces the stage in December. Farther afield is Middleton Place, a vast plantation whose original appearance has been meticulously maintained, and today includes a house museum, inn and restaurant. Holiday diners are treated to a traditional Southern-style dinner, with shrimp and grits, collard greens and pecan pie. And don’t miss the extensive gardens, dating to 1741, the restored and active work areas, and the grassy plateaus leading to stunning terraces on the Ashley River. An evening tour by torchlight is a unique way of conjuring the Christmas spirit.

After seeing fully furnished mansions and plantations, the eerie emptiness of Drayton Hall comes as a shock. But knowledgeable tour guides bring to life a working plantation, placing it in a time without electricity, air conditioning, plumbing or bathrooms. Preservation is not a word commonly associated with Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, yet he left Charleston relatively unscathed, and there is a fabulous concentration of antebellum buildings, many of which are now lovely inns. The Wentworth Mansion tops many award lists, including Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold. In 1886, cotton king owner Francis Silas Rodgers added Tiffany windows, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and

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other evidence of wealth. In modern times, the spa, whirlpool baths, king-size beds and a giant Grand Mansion Suite have been added. Then and now, drinks are proffered each afternoon in the Rodgers Library. John Rutledge, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, owned the house dating to 1763 that today is an inn bearing his name, with 19 guest rooms in the original residence and in two carriage houses. Also on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold list, the spacious accommodations contain antiques, fireplaces and canopied beds. Equally special are the lavish breakfast brought to your room, and liqueurs in the late afternoon served along with tasty tidbits. A Christmas tradition, Charming Inns’ Progressive Dinner transports guests by horse-drawn carriage to three lovely properties. It begins at the Kings Courtyard Inn with brandy apple cider or “moonshineinfused eggnog,” followed by a variety of hors d’oeuvres. Dinner is at the Wentworth Mansion’s famous Circa 1886 restaurant. Among dishes one might find on the menu are butterbean soup, sun-dried peaches, grilled swordfish with vermicelli noodles, and grass-fed beef tenderloin with white cheddar grits. The horses clipclop last to coffee and dessert at the John Rutledge House Inn, where the Christmas


tree, roaring fireplace and easygoing ambience enhance one’s appreciation of the maple bourbon pecan pie. Another option is the special Christmas Eve dinner served at Charleston Place. Guests walk to the Charleston Grill past a sweeping double staircase wrapped with swaths of vanilla-scented sweet grass and a display of antique toy trains chugging under snow-capped mountains. Later, near midnight, following the Christmas Eve service at St. Philip’s Church, the congregation steps into the coal-black night, where twinkling lights peek out of Victorian windows. On Christmas Day, Charleston Grill Executive Chef Michelle Weaver replaces her customary menu with a sumptuous Christmas feast. As usual, music in the elegant dining room is supplied by Quentin Baxtor’s fine jazz trio, although he might be sporting a jaunty red Santa cap over his dreadlocks. A dinner of crab cakes, lamb chops and hazelnut gingerbread cake enjoyed to the sounds of soothing music provides the perfect wrapping to a Southern Christmas. u

Clockwise from top left: The Dock Street Theatre puts on an annual production of A Christmas Carol (inset); the model trains chug away at the Charleston Grill; for the Progressive Dinner, dessert is served at the John Rutledge House Inn.

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The Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art is exhibiting the monumental nature-based sculpture of Steve Tobin in his first career retrospective, through December 30. The iconoclastic artist is widely known for his work Trinity Root, installed near Ground Zero in New York, the only art memorial near the 9/11 site.

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DECEMBER 2011 It’s Shoe Time

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A December tradition, If the Shoe Fits supports The Education Foundation of Collier County’s Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring program. The ninth annual event will be December 6 at Clive Daniel Home in Naples. The party includes food provided by Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Bonefish Grill and Brio Tuscan Grill; sweet treats; raffle prizes and the signature Shoetini cocktail. Featured items in this year’s silent auction include dinner for 10 with wine pairings at McCormick & Schmick’s; dinner for 10 at Charlie Chiang’s; a two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; a two-night stay at TradeWinds Resorts in St. Pete Beach, plus dinner for two at Bonefish Grill; and a Little Girls’ Birthday Party for 10 with Polished Nail Boutique. The event is more than a girls’ night out for fun and schmoozing; it celebrates five women for their outstanding contributions to the education of Collier County children. For 2011, the Foundation chose five Glass Slipper winners; they are Ingrid Aielli,  Bunny Brooks, Linda C. Flewelling,  Jo O’Reilly  and Sandy Waite. For tickets, visit GetOnTheBusCollier.org.

Glass Slipper Award winners, left to right: Sandy Waite, Jo O’Reilly, Linda C. Flewelling, Bunny Brooks, Ingrid Aielli

ART & MUSEUMS New Traditions The Village on Venetian Bay hosts its inaugural Festival of Trees from the end of November through December 11 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC). Several stores at Venetian Village will be transformed into a Florida Winter Wonderland, featuring a display of more than 50 holiday trees and wreaths. Events include Breakfast with Santa, a Merry Martini Toast Brunch, Auction Reception, Let it Snow Show, a contest for the public to vote for a favorite tree and more. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the festival to win prizes, such as gift cards and dinners, and a silent auction will be held for bidding on all sponsored trees. All proceeds will be used to help the BGCCC inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County at 239-325-1765, or visit bgccc.com. 126  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Artist Colony at the Esplanade, Marco Island—Last Wednesday Art Walk, Dec. 28; 239-642-0528. Bonny Hawley Studios, Naples—Christmas Angel Show & Sale, Dec. 10; bhawley.com. Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs—Alla Prima, Alla Fun, create a painting in one evening, wine and pizza, Dec. 1; Bling it On, jewelry making demonstration, make a piece of jewelry, with wine and food, Dec. 7; Off the Walls! annual


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Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples—Small Gems, exhibition of contemporary American and Canadian oil paintings and works on paper, Dec. 3-31; 239-262-3484. fundraiser for youth scholarships with food, drinks, and drawings for art and collectibles, restaurant gift certificates and more, every ticket sold wins, Dec. 9; Art Walk at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, Dec. 15; Small Works & Miniatures Exhibition, opening Dec. 16, exhibit Dec. 17-31; Southwest Florida Craft Guild Exhibition, reception Dec. 16, exhibit Dec. 17-31; Raku & You, Dec. 20; 239-495-8989. Coconut Point, Estero—New Year’s Weekend Art Festival, Dec. 31-Jan. 1; art festival.com. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples—Erv Krauss Art Show, photography, pavilion in Area 5, Dec. 3; delnor wiggins.org. Guess-Fisher Gallery, Naples—Art After Dark, Dec. 10; 239-659-2787. KVS Interior Design, The Sultan Gallery, Bonita Springs—Landscapes, themed exhibit with art from various artists, with food and beverages, Dec. 8; 239-949-6700.

reception, Dec. 13; marcoislandart.org. Marco Island Historical Society—The Artwork of Phyllis Pransky, exhibit, Dec. 1-3; themihs.org. Museum of the Everglades—A Walk Through the Everglades Photography Exhibit, through Dec. 30; 239-695-0008. Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples—49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, through Dec. 3; Members’ Gallery Show–Small Works, through Dec. 6; ARTScool Student Exhibition, through Jan. 31; Art in the Park, Dec. 3; Exhibition of Lithographs from Galerie Mourlot, New York, reception Dec. 16, exhibit through Jan. 15; Members’ Gallery Second Show, reception Dec. 16, show through Jan. 17; Under an Open Sky, reception Dec. 16, show through Feb. 27; 239-262-6517.

Saturdays through Dec. 31; walking tours of the Historic District, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28; guided tours of the Norris Gardens, Dec. 1, 15; 239-261-8164. Naples Zoo—Days of Wild Holiday Fun, Dec. 13-24; Night Eyes Tours, Dec. 6, 20, 29; Night Cubs Family Tour, Dec. 27; 239-262-6517. Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art—Steve Tobin’s Natural History, Edgar Degas: Self-Portrait, 1857

Naples Artcrafters—Fine Art & Craft Show, Cambier Park, Dec. 10; 239-434-0781.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Naples— Winter Auction, preview Dec. 11-14, auction Dec. 15; lesliehindman.com.

Naples Botanical Garden—Dogs in the Garden, Thursdays and Saturdays; Wonder Program for children, Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18; Night Lights Winter Solstice Celebration, Dec. 26-30; naplesgarden.org.

Marco Island Center for the Arts—Clay Guild Exhibit and Mini Masters, Dec. 5-29,

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sculpture exhibit, through Dec. 30; Third Annual Schrenk Student Photography Exhibit, through Jan. 29; thephil.org.

Underground Art Wednesday—North Naples Arts Alliance, Dec. 7; 239-821-1061.

CHILDREN/TEENS Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve—Sixth Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, through Jan. 28; Holi­ dazzle Hand-Made Holiday Cards and Gift Tags, Dec. 3, 9; Sunset to Starlight Cruise, three-hour boat trip during full moon to Keewaydin, Dec. 9; Cruise Through Time, guided boat trip limited to six passengers, Dec. 14; 239-417-6310.

Collier County Audubon Society— Audubon Young Birders Club, birding trip, Dec. 3, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; collieraudubon.org.

Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples—Art exhibit, Paint, Pastel & Assemblage, Dec. 1-6; 239-821-1061.

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—Make and Take Workshop, Dec. 7; thephil.org.

Shirley Street Galleries & Studios, Naples—Celebrate! Exhibit, Dec. 17, 18; 239-572-3386.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples—Children’s Crafts, Dec. 19-23 and 27-30; rookerybay.org.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naples—Winter Camp–Epic Everglades, eco adventures for grades 2-5, Dec. 27-29; 239-262-0304.

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Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art— Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass, Dec. 15April 1; thephil.org.

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Cambier Park, Naples—Outdoor Movie Night, Dec. 17; 239-213-3058.

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness–Collier County will mark its twentyfifth birthday at the annual luncheon December 2 at the Hilton Naples.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Joyce Burland, the national director of the Education, Training, and Peer Support Center at NAMI. Burland, a clinical psychologist, has been with NAMI since 2000 and is recognized as a leader in the field of peer education for families, consumers and providers to people with serious mental illness. She authored two NAMI signature programs: the NAMI Family-to-Family Education curriculum, a peer education program for families, and the NAMI Provider Education Program, a course that trains public agency line staff in skills fostering familyconsumer-provider collaboration.  This year the event was anonymously underwritten and will be an invitation-only event, but interested persons can contact the NAMI Collier County office at 239-434-6726 to be put in touch with a table captain.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs— Films for Film Lovers, Paris Je T’aime, Dec. 12, Gigante, Dec. 19; artcenterbonita.org. Collier County Library Film Series— What a Way to Go!, visit website for locations and times, as well as to register in advance; http://public.collier-lib.org/programs/ films.html. Naples Historical Society, Palm Cottage Theater—Naples Oral Histories, If These Walls Could Talk, Russ Stahlman, Dec. 6-10, George Vega, Dec. 13-17, Ben Parks, Dec. 20-24, Judge Tom Trettis, Dec. 27-31; 239-261-8164.

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FOOD, WINE & FASHION Fifth Avenue South, Naples—Evening on Fifth, shopping, dining and entertainment, Dec. 8, 15, 22; fifthavenuesouth.com. Marilyn’s Distinctive European Fashion, Naples—Dressing for Entertainment in Your Home, seminar on fashion, etiquette and practical aspects, Dec. 7; 239-206-4460. Marissa Collections, Naples—Marchesa Resort & Spring, Dec. 1, 2; Federica Rettore Jewelry mini trunk show, Dec. 2; CellCosmet Facials by appointment, Dec. 6; Pamela Dennis personal appearance, Dec. 8, 9; Bochic Jewelry personal appearance, Dec. 8-10; Fragments Jewelry mini trunk show, Dec. 13; Helene Handbags trunk show, Dec. 15, 16; Janie Jacobs Jewelry personal appearance, Dec. 15-17; Tamara Comolli Jewelry mini show, Dec. 20; 239-687-1148.

Saks Fifth Avenue—Complimentary facials: La Prairie, Dec. 2, 14, Armani, Dec. 5, Yves San Laurent, Dec. 6, Chanel Dec. 8, La Mer, Dec. 9, Chantecaille, Dec. 13, Sisley, Dec. 14, 15, 19, 20, Guerlain, Dec. 16, 17; makeup artists on location: Nars Dec. 2, Dior, Dec. 3, Chanel, Dec. 15, 22, 29, Guerlain, Dec. 16, 17; jewelry trunk shows: DonaldHuber, Dec. 1, Nini, Dec. 2, 3, Roberto Coin personal appearance, Dec. 7, Carolyn Tyler, Dec. 8-10, Estate Jewelry, Dec. 14, 15, Kimberly McDonald, Dec. 16, 17; designer trunk shows: Mirella & Ripetta resort, Dec. 6, 7, Armani Collezioni, Dec. 9; shoes: Yves Saint Laurent “Tribute to Naples,” Dec. 14; 239-592-5900. Third Street South, Naples—Farmers market, Saturday mornings, behind Tommy Bahama; Thursdays on Third, live music, shopping, dining, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 11, 29;

Music and Snow on Third Street, Dec. 31; 239-434-6533. The Village on Venetian Bay, Naples— Village Nights on Venetian Bay, entertainment, shopping and dining, Dec. 1; 239-261-6100.

MUSIC Bayshore CAPA— Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series, with Flute Cocktail, Dec. 2, Edison State College, Collier Campus; Jazz in the Park, Jerry Stawski Quartet, Dec. 18, Sugden Regional Park, Naples; 239-775-2800. Cambier Park, Naples—Naples Concert Band, Dec. 4; Barron Collier High School Band Christmas Concert, Dec. 8; Naples Daily News Jazz Band, Dec. 11; Gulf Coast Big Band, Dec. 18; 239-263-9521.

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Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs— Live at the Promenade! Voices of Naples holiday concert, Dec. 8, Promenade at Bonita Bay; 239-495-8989.

concert series featuring live music, dining and shopping, Dec. 1; mercatoshops.com. Naples Botanical Garden—Jazz in the Garden, Dec. 11; naplesgarden.org.

Classic Chamber Concerts—Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra, Dec. 12, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; classic chamberconcerts.org.

Naples Music Club—Holiday Dinner for members, guests and friends, followed by performances by the 2011 Scholarship Competition winners, Dec. 4, Naples Yacht Club; naplesmusicclub.org/concerts.

Fifth Avenue South, Naples—Tuba Christmas, annual concert, featuring Naples Concert Band, Dec. 8; fifthavenue south.com. Ron Bohmer, one of The Three Phantoms

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—New Year’s Eve, The Phantoms at The Phil, Dec. 31; thephil.org.

Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero— Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida, Florida Bluegrass Extravaganza, Dec. 3, 4; palmgrass.com. Mercato, Naples—First Thursday free

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Join us for a magical “Black and White” evening that will create a rainbow of wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in our local community. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dancing. There will also be a wide array of silent and live auction items to entice every personality.

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Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—Best of Beethoven & Brahms, Dec. 1-3; A Tribute to the Beatles, Dec. 5, 6; Michael McDonald, Dec. 9; Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Reaching Out, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Dec. 9; Seasonal Treasures, Philharmonic Center Chorale, Dec. 10; New Christy Minstrels, Dec. 11; Holiday Pops, Dec. 13, 15-18; All That Jazz with Ira Sullivan, Dec. 28; Rogers & Hammerstein Celebration, Dec. 30; thephil.org. Riverside Park, Bonita Springs—Bonita Springs Concert Band, free performance at the Band Shell, Dec. 11; bonitasprings concertband.com. Voices of Naples—Home for the Holidays, Dec. 5, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples; 239-455-2582.

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Collier County Audubon Society—Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in Florida, with Marty Folk, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dec. 6, Naples Botanical Garden’s FGCU Kapnick Education Center; collieraudubon.org.

1—Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Fifth Avenue South, Naples; 239-692-8436.

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida—Lunchbox Lecture and Discussion, “The Persecution Begins,” with Elliott Katz, Dec. 12; holocaustmuseumswfl.org. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples—Lunch & Learn Lecture: Florida Panthers, with Dennis Giardina, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist, includes refreshments, Dec. 7; Wing It! Beginning Birders Workshop, Dec. 15; 239-417-6310.

2—Naples Historical Society, Christmas Gala, elegant black-tie event featuring formal dining and entertainment at the fully decorated cottage and gardens, Historic Palm Cottage, Naples; Naples HistoricalSociety.org. 2—Ave Maria, Celebration of Lights, local school choirs and bands perform amid the twinkling lights of LaPiazza, Santa, crafts and more; avemaria.com/events. 3—St. John Neumann Catholic High School, The Celtic Snowball and 10th Annual Silent Auction, cocktails, dinner, dancing and auction to benefit academic

enhancements and the Scholarship Fund, private club in Port Royal, Naples; 239-4553044, ext. 225. 3—David Lawrence Center Young Executives, annual Gulf Ball, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, casual attire, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, Naples; 239-304-3505. 4—Friends of Foster Children, Comedy Gala, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples, two top national comedians donate their talents to benefit local children in foster care, silent auction and wine and hors d’oeuvres reception; 239-262-1808. 7—Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, cocktail reception to hear about the latest treatment advances and research discoveries, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; moffitt.org/ Giving.

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7-11—Franklin Templeton Shootout, annual golf tournament hosted by Greg Norman, benefits CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; 888-66-SHARK.

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Opera Naples—Hansel & Gretel, family-friendly production, Dec. 16, 18, Community School of Naples; 239-963-9050.

THEATER/DANCE The Island Players—The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, presented in cooperation with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Dec. 8-11, Marco Island Historical Museum Rose History Auditorium; 239-389-6447. Naples Academy of Ballet—The Nutcracker, Dec. 10, 11, Gulf Coast High School, Naples; naplesacademyofballet.com.

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Naples Players—Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure, through Dec. 17; ETC Reader’s Theatre, An Evening of New Plays, Dec. 2, 3; The Nutcracker Goes Pop! a KidzAct production, Dec. 2-4; 239-263-7990. Norris Center, Naples—Naples City Improv, Dec. 16; 239-213-3053. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Dec. 7; Million Dollar Quartet, musical, Dec. 20-23; Blast! Dec. 28; Regis and Joy Philbin, with an 18-piece orchestra, Dec. 29; 239-597-1900. TheatreZone, Naples—The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dec. 1-3, 4, 8-11, G&L Theater at the Community School of Naples; 888-966-3352.

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What: Inauguration of Ave Maria University President H. James Towey Venue: Ceremony and luncheon at Ave Maria University, reception at a private club in Port Royal

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1. Vicki Tracy, Darlene Thomas, Tom Monaghan, John Sites 2. Lou Traina, Angela and Todd Gates 3. Laura and Michael Timmis 4. Archbishop Thomas Wenski, John (Jack) Donahue, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Michael Timmis 5. Father Robert Garrity, Mitzi Magin, Fred Coyle 6. Jim and Mary Towey, Rhodora and Jack Donahue

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What: Tea fundraiser, including a presentation by Joie Wilson, author of Dream Houses: Historic Beach Homes & Cottages of Naples Venue: Naples Alamanda Cottage, owned by Diane and Mark Koestner 1. Janet Rossano, Lisa Walkup, with Simon, a Brody Project therapy dog 2. Robyn Pfister Griffin, Karen Lasker 3. Joie Wilson 4. The Alamanda Cottage 5. Mark and Diane Koestner 6. Charli Rhodes, Andrew Lenart

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Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support What: Key to the Cure kick-off celebration with modeling by survivors, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and shopping Venue: Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples 1. Lynn Hurley, Laurie May 2. Debbie Pettersen, Lisa McKnight, Jeri Batchelor 3. Joyce Goodhue, Lira Bennett 4. Christine Affigne, Lynette Aurelius 5. Fred and Joetta Abbazio, Jessie Michaels 6. Kathleen Thomas, Cindy Bockino 7. Mimi Scofield, Susan Rubinton, Lynn Hurley

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Physician’s Led Access Network of Collier County What: Annual appreciation of PLAN doctors, a community-based referral network that provides free medical services to low-income, uninsured residents of Collier County Venue: Naples Princess A Naples Illustrated sponsored event 1. Doctors Ashley and Sam Tunkle 2. Dr. Chaundre and Mary Cross 3. Dr. Ernest and Sarah Wu 4. Chrissy and Dr. Guy Winzenried 5. Dr. Eugene and Mary Ann Carr 6. Joan Talano, Marilyn Varcoe 7. Deb Cecere, Margaret Eadington

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GIVING BACK

CHAMPION OF THE FORGOTTEN By Christina Wells

Although Cheryl Turner has witnessed a great deal of community change since she became a Naples resident in 1984, one important constant is need among those who cannot speak for themselves. “I’m not big on giving to the glamorous, high-profile charities,” Turner says. “My focus has been where I see the greatest need. This includes infants and toddlers, animals and the abandoned. My newest passion is to help the forgotten in our community, and that’s the elderly.” Turner’s philanthropic résumé is a testament to her words. She is a committee member for the annual NCH Healthcare System Hospital Ball, moderator at Naples United Church of Christ, a supporter of NAMI, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Humane Society Naples, Collier Community Cat Coalition, Baby Basics and the von Liebeg Art Center. Turner is currently investigating where she can have the greatest impact in reaching out to the elderly. “That could be individually, through an existing organization or through a new organization that I help establish,” Turner says. “I can tell already that it will be a very valuable endeavor—and very rewarding as well.” Turner is also a top-producing agent for John R. Wood Realtors Inc. Her 2010 sales totaled $17.2 million and 2011 sales are projected at $18 million. Turner draws on her career approach when giving back. “I am structured and pragmatic as well as a very good listener,” she says. “I am known for following up on details and for not pressuring people. Those I work with say I’m a very patient person, which is, I think, a good trait to have in any profession, especially real estate.” Turner credits her upbringing with instilling her philanthropic value system. “I was raised in a home where helping people was the norm,” she says. “We always had someone we had taken in and helped. We were taught, not in words, but by example and deeds, that no matter how little you had, there was always someone who was less fortunate and who needed your help. Of the many

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