February 2009 Vol. 4 Issue 2
CORRECTION Updated Information Regarding Veteran’s Benefit
The Play’s the Thing By Lynn Schneider, Editor As the curtain rises on February, this month’s issue of Shell Point Life takes a dramatic turn…theatrically speaking! In this edition we have gone behind the scenes of several well-known theaters in the area to capture the tragedy and comedy of life on stage. We started with Shell Point’s Own Theater, better known as SPOT, and met a variety of individuals who walk about our community by day as average citizens and then transform themselves into a cast of zany characters in staged readings held periodically in the Village Church auditorium. Ruth Deuber, the Periwinkle resident who graces our cover this month, plays many roles here at Shell Point, but the one that gives her the most pleasure is leading this play reading group. You’ll also meet Carrie Lund Cacioppo of the Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. Carrie is a professional actor and visited Shell Point last year as part of the final concert in the Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series. Carrie’s performance was a hit with our residents and I think you’ll see why when you read her story on page 10. Another character we meet this month is Will Prather who gets older but never grows up! This enthusiastic Peter Pan is the leading visionary of the ever-popular Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Residents of Shell Point are looking forward to the up-
coming trip to the theater to see the show Singin’ in the Rain. After reading the article on page 12 you are going to want to meet Will in person when he speaks to the Academy this month. Our last stop is at the Barbara B. Mann, where we meet the new General Manager Scott Saxon. This is a big season for the Barbara B. Mann as they launch the second national tour of a major Broadway hit. Take a walk down the yellow brick road to page 8. Since we were feeling fairly dramatic this month, we also decided to explore some Shell Point resident activities and volunteer programs that relate to this subject. Mary Franklin explains the popularity of the annual “Let the Shows Begin” program and Teri Kollath introduces us to a new volunteer activity called the Costume Closet that brings new life to cast-off costumes. Once again, the magazine is brimming with stories about residents who are making a difference, meeting new people, and trying out new experiences as they enjoy their retirement at Shell Point. Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” When it comes to describing the residents at Shell Point, no truer words could be spoken!
In the January issue of Shell Point Life, there was an article on page 26 about a Veteran’s benefit of financial assistance that some Shell Point residents might qualify for. The information about the benefit was correct, but the contact information for the Veteran’s Administration was NOT correct. The group listed in the magazine article has a name that is similar to the VA but is not the actual Veteran’s Administration. To learn more about the financial assistance that might be available to you as a military veteran please contact the Veteran’s Administration office here in Fort Myers at 239-938-1100. All Veterans are encouraged to call to see if they are eligible regardless of income since other benefits may also apply.
Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. Editor Lynn Schneider Assistant Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Contributors Gene McGonigle, Teri Kollath, Linda Rakos, Robyn Church, Rachael Dula, Linda Hicks, Tom Frackenpohl, Jessica Clark, Mary Franklin, Bev Rademacher, Ted Yeatts, Randy Woods, Tim Stephenson, Jason Powers, Sue Taylor, Glenda Stephenson,Paula Watson, Garth Francis, Dawn Boren, Peggy Holton, Lee Johns Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, communications coordinator, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: email@example.com. Or submit suggestions in writing to Rochelle at the Shell Point Welcome Center.
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ON THE COVER
Periwinkle resident Ruth Deuber directs the engaging group of residents that “tread the boards” as part of SPOT — Shell Point’s Own Theater.
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GALA 2009 was
Residents take Center Stage in GalaVideo Several residents were surprised and delighted to see themselves on the big screen at this year’s Gala. These residents were featured in video segments produced by Jared Pike of SPTV, which were played throughout the evening’s program. In these segments, residents answered questions about where they were from, what brought them to Shell Point, and who inspires them. “The videos were very meaningful,” said Sue Stranahan, Pavilion Chaplain, one of the many guests in attendance at the event. “I think many of us were very touched by the candid testimonials and stories.” President Peter Dys agreed, “It was the residents themselves who took center stage,” he said. “Our residents are special people and have made Shell Point the community that it is today.”
“This year’s Gala was beyond compare,” announced Ted Rodgers of Palm Acres, as he and his wife, Ruth, visited with residents and staff following the conclusion of the event. “My wife and I were so impressed by the quality of the presentations and the excellent entertainment.” Many other residents expressed similar sentiments. Paul Page of Oakmont said, “Excellence was evident in every area. This is just the sort of thing we have come to expect from Shell Point and we were not disappointed!” According to Tim Stephenson, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation, the response from residents has been overwhelmingly positive. “I have received numerous e-mails and phone calls from residents who not only enjoyed the event but were touched by the message. I think the credibility of our organization and the premises for which we stand were evident in the presentations and performances.” Clockwise from top: Pianist Paul Bisaccia. Soloist Diane Penning. Irene First, Robert and Priscilla Waltz, and Rosalys Tyler. Henry and Eleanor Larsen. Martha Holmes. Tim Stephenson holds the family heirloom quilt that he used as an illustration in his inspirational presentation on leaving an unforgettable legacy. Mary and David Fountain. Left: film strip (top to bottom): Helen Armstrong, Herb Wilcox, Anne Wills, Dick Rockstroh, Pat Straup, and James Arter.
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“Being a part of SPOT just brings joy and so much fun. You really become a family, and it’s especially rewarding when the audience laughs.”
BE CAREFUL WHEN you ask for a favor… you may end up organizing a whole group of reading theater lovers! At least that’s what happened to Ruth Deuber when she asked former Shell Point resident Charlotte Heimann to fill in at the spur of the moment for a speaking engagement. Charlotte called in that favor later after Ruth moved to Shell Point. “Ruth, you owe me,” Charlotte reminded her. “I want to start a theater at Shell Point, and I need you to help me.” Charlotte had been active in drama in the past and wanted to continue that activity with the residents at Shell Point. With Ruth’s help she founded SPOT (Shell Point’s Own Theater) to offer theatrical performances in a dramatic reading format. The group began meeting twice a month and enjoyed reading plays with one another. “Charlotte was an amazing lady and shared her love of theater with us,” said Ruth. Since Charlotte’s passing, Ruth has continued to head up the group, which has grown quite a bit. She handles the organizational legwork needed to continue the reading sessions while also directing live performances for audiences of 500 to 800 people once or twice a year. Ruth claims that not only is she an “old ham,” but in the Shell Point tradition, she must have “volunteer” stamped on her forehead. Ruth has always thrown herself into
volunteer work with groups such as Sanibel’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) and the Sanibel / Captiva Conservation Foundation. She enjoys serving others and volunteering with SPOT, whether it’s selecting plays, listening to the readers, or helping them understand their roles and how to interpret their characters. Although memorization is not required for readers’ theater, the readers have to be familiar enough with their lines to connect with the audience.
Clockwise from top: Four SPOT readers performing in the play A Christmas Vision — SPOT shared the stage with the Shell Point Singers for the holiday performance. Mary Ann Bennett and Herman Bips performing in the play Sorry, Wrong Number. Lynn Wheaton and Phyllis Ingalls performing in The Robin Hood Caper. Ruth Deuber with the founder of SPOT, Charlotte Heimann.
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The Silver Whistle, in 2004. Since then, SPOT has presented ten performances for the Shell Point community. One of Ruth’s favorites was The Golden Age of Radio in 2007. It was also the toughest production undertaken by the group. It had a cast of twenty-nine performers; multiple skits based on old radio scripts from “The Burns and Allen Show,” “Baby Snooks,” “Fred Allen and Jack Benny,” and “Fibber McGee and Molly,” and even sound effects performed on stage just like the old radio shows of yesteryear.
Evening of One Acts. Thinking someone is trying to kill her, Mary Ann’s character continues to make needless phone calls, until an actual killer does show up! Ruth Deuber remembers, “Timing was crucial for Mary Ann’s demise, and she had to do a lot of screaming. The killer, played by Herman Bips of King’s Crown, had to have perfect timing, or it was really difficult to keep all the readers from giggling.” But whether screaming, dying, or getting laughs, Mary Ann relates, “We have a very kind audience, generous with their applause. They keep coming back. It’s very exciting. The stage is so wonderful, and the state-of-art lighting is thrilling! It’s wonderful to perform in such a place.”
Quite a Character
Art Sherril, Pat Broman, and Mary Ann Bennett
Continued from page 5 “Being a part of SPOT just brings joy and so much fun,” she said. “You really become a family, and it’s especially rewarding when the audience laughs.” There is certainly a lot of joy and laughter for others when SPOT presents its dramatic readings on stage. Eighteen residents participated in SPOT’s debut performance,
“I just love being involved in SPOT. We have a good time together and really get into the spirit of it.” 6
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As one of the original members of the group, Mary Ann Bennett (Oakmont) has played the lead in several performances and has enjoyed every one. “I just love being involved in SPOT. We have a good time together, and really get into the spirit of things. I often say that we’re just old people having a lot of fun!” When asked if she had a favorite part, Mary Ann quickly pointed to her part in The Solid Gold Cadillac. “It was such fun to play Mrs. Laura Partridge! She’s a little old lady who goes to a General Products Corporation board meeting with ten shares of stock and manages to leave in a gold Cadillac as the new Al Park owner of the company! In Christmas Comes to Detroit Louie, Mary Ann played another little old lady, whose children tried to put her in a nursing home. In The Robin Hood Caper she played a woman in a group of elderly people who scam the mayor. Since her characters are often comedic she quipped, “I guess I’m just not the romantic role type!” Mary Ann not only knows how to play comedy but has also roused her audience with her screams on stage as a hypochondriac in Sorry, Wrong Number, one of the one-act skits in SPOT’s production of An
A Man of Many Moods
Al Park (Turban), another SPOT reader, echoes Mary Ann’s sentiments. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have a role in some of the public presentations, but it’s a very nice pastime to just read with the group for the sheer pleasure of it. It’s a mixed crowd that comes together with one common thought and desire…to read plays. I joined the group about three years ago, and each performance has called for a particular style. Each role has called for an entirely different approach.” Al has enjoyed playing a con man with a prison cohort, attempting to be accepted by others while working their con. In The Golden Age of Radio, he played a detective in a Burns and Allen skit. Al remarks, “I like doing it. It’s an opportunity to be somebody else each time you do another reading or performance. The people in our group are genuinely interested and have great senses of humor. We’re very supportive of one another. Although our group has often been twelve or fifteen people, we’ve had thirty show up and had to get more chairs!” The More the Merrier
Numerous residents have participated in SPOT productions. Pat Broman of Junonia has been in every performance so
far. “I never performed before coming to Shell Point, but I used to read books for the blind back in Connecticut, and I loved it,” she said. “When I came here this looked like a fun thing to do, and I have loved it ever since.” According to Ruth, one of Pat’s most outstanding roles was that of the Innkeeper’s wife in A Child is Born. Another holiday show actually inspired one resident’s new persona. In 2004, the group did a show called Christmas Together. Steve and Penny Modrich played the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus and they have been playing them ever since! Several other residents have stepped onto the boards with a number of fun and fanciful characters. Among his many performances, Chuck Higgins of Oakmont played a businessman on the board of directors in The Solid Gold Cadillac. Ann Wharton of Cameo has filled many roles of every age, including Baby Snooks. And Phil Hilton of Oakmont has been a Jack-of-all trades serving as an assistant director and performing roles such as the shoemaker in A Child is Born. In The Old Time Radio Show Phil captured the audience by performing all of the sound effects right on stage as part of the performance! Another individual who has been in a few performances but also plays an active role behind the scenes is June Lockhart of Harbor Court. June does all the clever posters for each show and Ruth claims she is her right hand when it comes to getting out the word about each performance! Other dependable SPOT readers include Ken Reed of Periwinkle, who played the lead in
Hannah Patten is the youngest participant in a SPOT presentation. Hannah played a precocious youth in Every Family Has One.
Play readers get together to simply read plays. Each person takes on the role of one of the characters and they spend the afternoon getting lost in a play.
Christmas Comes to Detroit Louie. Others participants are John Littlejohn (Tellidora), Betty Boers (Oakmont), Harold Greenlee (Coquina), Ginger Dornburg (Oakmont), Lynn Wheaton (Junonia), Bill Brooks Mandy Johnson is a member of the SPOT Play Readers. (Eagles Preserve), Al Myers (Junonia), and Phyllis Ingalls (Eagles Preserve), plus there appropriate word at the appropriate time.” have been many more who have appeared For Ruth, SPOT has come to mean from time to time. laughter, fun, and fellowship. “We become like a family when we prepare for a performNew Kids on the Block ance or do play reading during our regular Dick Uhleman of Nautilus is one of the time together each month. I remember once newer readers in the group and had a lead I asked a gentleman to read the part of Daryl. role in The Robin Hood Caper that was per- He looked at it and immediately began to formed in April of 2008 but certainly the read in a high falsetto voice! He had looked newest member by far is Kate Mondello ahead and realized that who moved into Eagles Preserve Daryl was a woman!” in June and performed the part “Most of my summers of the bride in the January proare spent reading plays and duction, Every Family Has One. sometimes adapting them Kate began attending the for a performance,” said SPOT play readers group almost Ruth. “The most difficult immediately after moving in and and challenging part is enjoyed it thoroughly. So when choosing each cast. I often auditions rolled Dick Uhleman wish I could double cast around for the live each role so that everyone performance, she gamely gave could participate. If you ever dropped in and it a try. The experience has listened to the readers you would find that been a positive one for her. they have become very skilled at interpretShe made new friends right ing a character even though they may have away and feels right at home. never seen the script before. I am blessed to “Ruth is an excellent direc- be able to work with such wonderful people tor,” said Kate. “She gives the and I hope that I will be able to do this for a long time to come!” Whether just for the pleasure and Kate Mondello of Eagles Preserve had just moved to Shell companionship of reading together, or for Point six months before auditioning the opportunity to perform on stage and for her role in the show. “This was bring joy to others, residents enjoy the a great way to get to know people opportunity to shine in the spotlight of and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly.” SPOT — Shell Point’s Own Theater.
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Barbara B. Mann General Manager Scott Saxon
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Itâ€™s the ageold question: Can the Performing Arts be profitable?
In the old adage “there’s no business like show business,” we also realize that show business is a business, and as such, it brings us back to that age-old question: Can the Performing Arts be profitable? For General Manager Scott Saxon of the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” And he is banking on the theater’s next Broadway musical production to bring in the green. Wicked, a “prequel” to the popular musical The Wizard of Oz, tells the story of two sisters and what happened to them before Dorothy’s house dropped in. This hit musical has been selling out on Broadway since its opening in 2003. The show is launching its second national tour and chose the Barbara B. Mann for its starting point. “We are excited to bring this popular production to Southwest Florida. We know theater-goers are looking forward to seeing this show and it is an incredible economic opportunity for the theater,” said Saxon. This is not the first major blockbuster to visit the facility. In 2007, Disney’s The Lion King made a seven-week stop in Fort Myers. Attendance at the show topped 83,000 people and provided the Mann Hall with an outstanding bottom line for the season. “Obviously we are looking forward to outstanding ticket sales, but there is also a very positive impact for the entire economy here in Lee County. Each time a show of this scale comes to town, it brings dozens of performers and crew who need hotel rooms, rental cars, goods and services, and dining. They have to come early to get ready for the show, and then they stay throughout its run. Add to that the number of people from throughout the area and even beyond who
make a show part of a larger vacation. The spillover effect is enormous. And while Wicked is certainly going to be a strong draw, we offer shows throughout the year that have this same effect, which multiplies the benefits to our community.” Encouraging the Arts
Speaking of benefitting the community, when Saxon came to the facility two years ago, he wanted to start a program that would promote the arts in education. With this in mind, he developed the High School Musical Awards, which mirrors one he coordinated at the Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York, where he was also GM. The program is based on Broadway’s famous Tony Awards. Judges attend the musical theater productions of high schools that sign up for the awards competition. After reviewing each performance, they choose winners in a number of categories. Awards are presented at an event in the theater where each school performs one of the musical numbers from its production. “It has been fun to see the reaction to this program as it is starting to grow,” said Saxon. “We had four schools participate the first year and we have already had nine sign up for this year’s event.” The theater prepares for its next show.
Scott Saxon prepares for Barbara B. Mann’s run of the Broadway musical Wicked.
There’s No Place Like Home
The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is the largest performing arts hall in Southwest Florida with 1,871 seats. The facility is owned by Edison State College and is located in the heart of the college’s expanding campus. In 1991 the leadership of the college wisely decided to outsource the day-to-day operation of the theater to Professional Facilities Management (PFM) a company that successfully operates six other theaters across the United States. According to Saxon, “One of the keys to successfully managing this facility is to provide the type of shows and concerts that audiences want.” There is a constant overlap of shows in the facility and the change-out is rapid. It’s not unusual for the facility to host several shows in one week ranging from a classical symphony, to a laid-back James Taylor concert, to Chinese acrobats, followed by a fullscale Broadway production! To create a healthy bottom line while offering this wide range of diverse performances, the theater management books shows with the understanding that some will do better than others. “But in the end,” as Saxon says with a smile, “we hope there will be more up than down.” Saxon reflects on his first two years at the Barbara B. Mann with satisfaction and grins at the success that the theater has achieved so far. “It has been a very strong two years and while the economy is definitely in a slump, our phones have been ringing off the hook for tickets to Wicked.” Saxon anticipates that the show is going to bring down the house and in that case Wicked promises to be quite BY LYNN SCHNEIDER good, indeed.
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Florida Rep’s Carrie Lund Cacioppo B
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Tell a woman that she’s a real “character,” and it’s doubtful you’ll get a warm response; but calling Carrie Lund Cacioppo a character is a true compliment of the first degree. In the theatre, a character actor is defined as an actor who represents a specific personality type by emphasizing its distinctive traits and characteristics, such as language or dialect, mannerisms, or even physical appearance. As a character actor, Carrie is the very best. She has the ability to completely disappear into a role and take on that character with such conviction that you no longer see Carrie at all but rather the individual she is playing so convincingly – whether she is speaking in one of a dozen accents, sobbing uncontrollably, laughing hysterically, quietly smiling, dancing a jig, hobbling along like an old woman, or twirling like a young girl in love.
Her Best Role Yet But none of these “characters” on stage define the real Carrie Lund Cacioppo because offstage the role she plays best is her own self. Once outside the confines of the 20-foot by 40-foot stage, there lies a surprisingly humble, compassionate, and modest woman whose true inner character is defined by moral quality and high ethical standards. Rare words to describe an actor in today’s world of film, stage, and theatre. Last year, Shell Point was honored to have Carrie perform a live reading of the famous animal poems by Ogden Nash highlighting Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in the final concert of the Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series for 2008. Carrie brought each “animal” to life as the Unconservatory Festival Orchestra performed each of the esoteric musical selections that make this piece so popular. 10
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Carrie has always enjoyed performing for older audiences and welcomed the opportunity to perform at Shell Point where she has a number of longtime fans and supporters. In talking to some of her fans (and she has many) I found out that they Carrie Lund Cacioppo, backstage at Shell Point, prior to almost always remember the first her performance of the famous animal poems by Ogden performance that they saw Carrie in, Nash highlighting Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals” whether it was in theatre produc- with the Unconservatory Festival Orchestra in the Shell tions out on Sanibel or later in her Point Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series for 2008. current theatrical home in downtown Fort Myers. But Daddy, I Want to be an Actor Following the final rehearsal prior to The Lund family originally lived in that evening’s performance at Shell Point, Pennsylvania, and as Carrie’s two brothers Carrie agreed to dinner and an interview. grew up and navigated their way into law Sitting down over a meal is a great way to school and medical school, Carrie chose get to know someone, and I had the added the path less traveled. According to her bonus of meeting her parents who were father, Carrie had always loved to play as a attending the concert. Naturally, I invited little girl and get attention one way or them to join us because, after all, no one another. David says he and his wife, Sally, knows a person as well as their mom and knew they were in trouble the first time dad! Carrie’s parents, David and Sally their grade school daughter set up an entire Lund, are naturally proud of their talented production in their backyard and forced all daughter and while Carrie is reticent to the neighborhood families to purchase blow her own horn, I was able to get her tickets to see their own children perform parents to tell a few stories of what she was in the makeshift show. This was probably like growing up.
Robert and Carrie Lund Cacioppo, Producing Artistic Director and Associate Director of the Florida Repertory Theatre
Right and Center: The Florida Rep recently received national attention in the Wall Street Journal for Dancing at Lughnasa featuring Carrie Lund as one of the Irish sisters. Below: Carrie in Enchanted April.
the first foray of Carrie-the-Producer. “This is a hard business to succeed in,” said Carrie, “but I think one of the reasons I was able to is that my parents were always so supportive. They always encouraged me in my dreams and it gave me the confidence to pursue them.”
Will Someone Please Get The Star a Sandwich? As a pre-teen, Carrie was the youngest member of the renowned summer stock theater, the Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod. One morning as she packed her lunch, Carrie decided to make extra lunches, which she successfully sold at noon to the other actors thus, Carrie-the-Entrepreneur was born. Although she admits she had pipe dreams of stardom, she was also addicted to hard work and used that discipline to create her own opportunities. And last but not least, the curtain rises on Carrie-the-Thespian. She attended the well-known drama school, Ithaca College, and never looked back. The hours she spent learning lines and the years she spent doing six or seven back-to-back shows a year shifted the focus off her own self. She became part of something much bigger, and theatre became her life’s passion. “It was a thrill to perform and I just knew it was something I had to do,” she said.
Will the Real Carrie Lund Please Stand Up? Actor, Director, Producer, Entrepreneur… which one of these is the real Carrie Lund? Why, all of the above, of course! After college, Carrie produced and starred in productions in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. She also founded companies in her hometown of Erie,
Pennsylvania, as well as in New York. But Carrie didn’t stop there. In 1984 she came to the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island and when a young, handsome, slightly introverted director named Robert Cacioppo came down from New York City to direct one of the early plays for the theatre, two passions combined and the couple discovered their destiny in Southwest Florida. Robert and Carrie produced plays for the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel and grew the theatre to become one of the best known in the region. In 1998, they founded the Florida Repertory Theatre and moved into the historic 100-year-old Arcade Theater in downtown Fort Myers. The Arcade Theater was built in 1908 as a Vaudeville house before being converted to a movie theater. It was also the very building where Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone watched Edison’s first movies. This historical jewel was on the brink of destruction by the late 1980s. But the City of Fort Myers restored the facility and the Florida Repertory Theatre found its permanent home there in 1998. The theatre brings more than sixty thousand visitors a year to downtown Fort Myers and is celebrating its eleventh season. Robert and Carrie are excited about future performances planned for the historic Arcade Theatre. As Producing Artistic Director, Robert has spent this past decade directing or overseeing all of the stage performances and Carrie has performed in a large number of them. Carrie’s position as Associate Director takes a back seat to her first love of acting and in her professional career as an actor she has appeared in more than 60 productions including Enchanted April, My Three Angels, To Kill a Mockingbird, Broadway Bound, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Mornings at Seven, Brighton Beach Memoirs, All My Sons, Deathtrap, Over the Tavern, Same Time Next Year, and the upcoming production of Alone Together. And in future performances, when the lights dim and the curtains open, there will be a new Carrie Lund Cacioppo character onstage to delight audiences once more.
Florida Repertory Theatre
Upcoming Performances February 13 – March 8
Alone Together by Lawrence Roman In this laugh-out-loud comedy, a husband and wife look forward to an empty nest that doesn’t stay empty. Carrie Lund will star as Helene Butler. March 20 – April 12
The Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro In this award-winning mystery thriller, an eccentric painter plans to kill his art dealer in a Connecticut estate. April 24 – May 17
The Last Romance by Joe DiPietro In this heartwarming boy-meetsgirl comedy, two senior citizens prove it’s never too late to find love and romance, and have a little fun. May 29 – June 7
Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell In this award-winning comedy, a middle-class English housewife escapes to Greece for an adventure only to find herself. Box Office 239-332-4488 www.floridarep.org
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When it comes to “the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd,” Will Prather knows a thing or two about the theatre. A self-proclaimed “theatre brat,” he practically grew up in his parents’ original dinner theatre, the Dutch Apple, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, now in its twenty-second season. The Prather family successfully produced popular plays and musicals for more than six years before coming to Fort Myers to open their second location. “We picked the perfect time to expand into Fort Myers,” said Prather, who was 24-years-old at the time. “My parents were interested in semi-retiring and picked a place out on Sanibel that they could visit on a regular basis. We opened the theatre in 1993, after the extensive renovation of a Publix grocery store. The location on Colonial Boulevard between McGregor and Summerlin was perfect,” he said, “and it just got better after they built the Mid-Point Bridge to Cape Coral.” Sweet Sixteen
Will Prather Serves up Theatrical Success at the Broadway Palm
This year marks the sixteenth season for the facility which serves up one fullscale professional Broadway musical after another in the main stage venue which seats 450 people. Each year there are seven main stage shows, three children’s theatre productions, and numerous concerts, functions, meetings, and special events. To date, the facility has reached well over two million theatre patrons and has done it singing and dancing all the way.
Located just off the main lobby of the Broadway Palm is the smaller Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 90-seat black box theatre, which opened in the fall of 1996 to showcase smaller-scale musical revues and comedies. It operates seasonally from October through May and is also a venue for other local performing arts groups. Members of the audience enjoy their dinner prior to the show in the nearby Café Cabaret and then head into the smaller venue for zany musical reviews and madcap comedies, such as Nunsense, Forbidden Broadway, or the currently running, Church Basement Ladies.
once again, this time going west with the addition of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre West in Mesa, Arizona, which is now in its eighth season. Their most recent endeavor is a national touring company which tours productions across the country. They launched their first tour of Beehive: The 60s Musical in 2007 and will be touring Footloose in 2009. All told, the entire company employs over 300 people and entertains 500,000 guests each year. Serving the Community
Will Prather is known in Southwest Florida for his philanthropic efforts and comExcellent Value munity service programs, and the Broadway Business at the Broadway Palm is right Palm has helped many local charities by on target and the theatre is bustling as guests donating money, goods and services, and seek an enjoyable evening volunteer hours. Just a of food and fun. “With the few of the organizations downward turn in the local that have benefited economy, we have actually include the American still done quite well,” said Cancer Society, ECHO, Prather. “I think our guests Lee County Public perceive a good value when Schools, Big Brothers they receive dinner as part and Big Sisters, the of the show’s ticket price.” Children’s Hospital, Lee The theatre has grown County Alliance for the from 25 employees in 1993 Arts, Southwest Florida to well over 150 in 2008. It Community Foundaopened with the musical tion, United Way, and Life is just a bowl of cherries for Will Me and My Gal, and to Prather at the Broadway Palm. One of the YMCA. date has produced 116 the most popular features at the dinner Prather is dusting theatre is the bountiful buffet. main stage shows and off his blue suede shoes hosted 119,648 guests. Last for the theatre’s next year, 173,000 patrons attended such musicals production, the premiere of the new musical as Cabaret, Anything Goes, and Guys and Dolls. comedy All Shook Up, playing February 19 Anything Goes was one of the theatre’s top ten through April 11. This toe-tapping, hipshows. swiveling musical is inspired by the songs of The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is Elvis Presley and features a feel-good story one of Southwest Florida’s most entertaining of crazy love triangles with laugh-out-loud destinations, bringing in approximately 1,000 comedy. All Shook Up is packed with over motor coaches a year, half originating from two dozen Elvis Presley songs such as outside Lee County, and more than one-third “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “A which also include overnight stays in the Little Less Conversation,” “Devil in area. Disguise,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Based on the continuing success of their Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and first two theatres, the Prather family expanded “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Meet Will Prather in The Academy at Shell Point They say “there’s no business like show business,” but what is it like to own and operate a theatre today? Will Prather, the owner and Executive Producer of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, will be the featured presenter in the Academy presentation called “Theater Today” on Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. Residents are invited to come for a first-person description of the joys and challenges of running a theatre as a business. Prather will share a behindthe-scenes look at his family’s history in the business as well as some of the humorous situations he has found himself in during the past twenty years. Prather’s experience yields unique insight into this glamorous and (dare we say it?) dramatic industry. There is no sign up required for The Academy class, “Theater Today,” featuring Will Prather.
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The 2008-2009 season is complete with classic musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain and Fiddler on the Roof. A great ballet production by the Miami City Ballet, Don Quixote, will be presented at the Naples Philharmonic. An addition to the program Each fall theatre lovers this year is a trip up to the Sarasota Opera are anxiously checking their mailboxes, wait- House in March to be intrigued by the proing for the “Let the Shows Begin” brochure duction of Tosca. to arrive. The brochure is full of an array of Residents have already enjoyed the musical and theatre productions that will Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel Island sevbe held in Southwest Florida during the eral times. We have seen We Love a Piano, upcoming season. Play On!, and The Holly Jolly Follies. The Why do Shell Sanibel Schoolhouse Point residents love the Theatre is one of “Let the Shows Begin” island charm with programs over purchaslocal talent that is ing their own tickets? sure to impress. It is all the extra The Naples Philtouches. In the spring, harmonic Center for the Resort Services the Arts certainly team starts receiving knows how to put on a The Sarasota Opera House information from local show. Several resitheatres on their dents kicked off their upcoming events. A holiday season with George Balanchine’s few team members will The Nutcracker. They go and watch previews, also enjoyed the conduct research, and Naples Orchestra and ponder over the best Chorale performing picks. We even conthe music of Seasonal sider what is happening The Schoolhouse Theater Treasures, A Century here at Shell Point as to not compete with the wonderful musical of Broadway II, and Mamma Mia! If you enjoy the combination of dinner line-up here on campus. Then the phone calls begin. We arrange transportation, and a show, the Broadway Palm Dinner request the best possible seats and dates, and Theatre is the place for you. After having a start putting the brochure together for the wonderful lunch or dinner (depending on show time), you will be entertained by the much anticipated season. When you have purchased your ticket, Broadway Palm’s professional actors. Fifty you are not only guaranteed a great show, Shell Point residents have already enjoyed but door-to-door service with Shell Point the classic White Christmas at the Broadway transportation. No worries about the traffic Palm this season. jams on Highway 41 on the way to the Naples Philharmonic! What could be more perfect? Jean Gilman (Cameo) states, Ticket Information “There is a big selection of shows. It’s wonThe 2008-2009 season is underway, but derful for those who do not like to drive at there is still a selection of shows to night. The camaraderie that you feel meetchoose from. To purchase your tickets, call Mary Franklin at 454-2152. ing others on the bus and dining with new people is great!”
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Singin’ In The Rain Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Thursday, February 5 • Cost: $50 A classic singing and dancing extravaganza MGM musical about Hollywood making way for the “talkies.”
Miami City Ballet: Don Quixote Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts Tuesday, February 17 • Cost: $89 A rare treat for dance lovers! Miami City Ballet’s irresistible new production of Don Quixote in its entirety!
HAPPY DAYS — A New Musical Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts Friday, March 6 • Cost: $67 Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph, and the unforgettable king of cool, Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli.
Little Shop of Horrors The Schoolhouse Theater Tuesday, March 24 • Cost: $29 A charming musical of a man seeking fame and a man-eating plant from outer space.
Tosca Sarasota Opera Sunday, March 29 • Cost: $115 An electrifying opera, Tosca is described as the most intense performance ever.
All Shook Up Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Wednesday, April 8 • Cost: $47 A new musical comedy combining your all-time favorite Elvis hits with a whole new story full of hilarious twists.
Fiddler On The Roof Barbara B. Mann Thursday, April 23 • Cost: $73 See the original Tevye, Chaim Topol, perform the role that made him legendary.
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Some pretty colorful characters have been seen skirting around Shell Point on various occasions, and residents don’t even bat an eye anymore when they spot someone wearing a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, or dressed as a gondolier, pirate, clown, cowboy, or hula dancer. And what is the purpose of all of these often wacky characters? They have appeared at special dining events, open houses, in stage productions, and even on SPTV to add to the interpretation of various themed events and activities planned for the enjoyment and entertainment of residents and guests. “Many events at Shell Point are planned around elaborate themes,” said Dawn Boren, Director of Resident Life for the community. “Having staff or volunteers dressed in costume often adds to the fun of an event.” “For example, when Resort Services held a community-wide event called “Celebration,” several departments selected themes for their displays to set them apart,” she continued. “The Health Care Services department created a 1950s soda fountain and residents enjoyed ice cream and other sweet treats while learning more about the health care services available in the community. The staff members dressed in pink and black poodle skirts and sweater sets.” But what happens to those costumes after they have been used at an event? “Well, the good news is that all costumes used at events are stored and reused time and time again,” said Mary Franklin, Manager of Resort Services. “However, maintaining the costume inventory was always a bit of a challenge, and that’s where resident volunteers stepped in to save the day!” According to Mary, several of the
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departments that used costumes periodically had random collections of clothing and accessories stored in boxes and bins. When someone wanted to use a costume, there would be a scramble to find where the costumes had been stashed. Plus, once the costumes were located, they often had to be washed and pressed to make them look their best after being folded in a box. After recognizing the fate of the cast-away costumes, it was clear an effort was needed to rescue the outcast outfits and create a system to organize and maintain them. “We needed to get the costumes cleaned up and organized in one place so they could be ready at a moment’s notice,” said Mary. There were two issues. One, the costumes needed to be retrieved from their various hiding places and brought together in a centralized location. Two, the costumes needed to be inventoried and stored in a manner that made them ready for immediate use. Rita Southern, Director of Assisted Living, offered a space in The Arbor to be designated the official Costume Closet. Meanwhile, Teri Kollath, Manager of Volunteer Services, identified residents willing to get involved and create this new volunteer project. She asked herself, which group of residents enjoys putting on the costumes of
elaborate characters the most? The answer was actors, of course! Thus, Teri reached out to Ruth Deuber, the leader of SPOT — Shell Point’s Own Theatre to request her help with the Costume Closet. Ruth worked with other residents who agreed to assist, and a committee was born. Dot Beard of Cellana, Ken Reed of Periwinkle, and Miriam Fountain of Turban became the first Costume Closet volunteers and were soon up to their knees in sequined vests, top hats, grass skirts, baseball caps, evening gowns, and a variety of other items too numerous to mention. They took photographs of each item and coordinated the costumes into groups. Then they took the photos and created a catalog of the costumes. The costume crew keeps the garments and accessories in top notch shape while the outfits wait for their next chance to shine in the spotlight. The only rule for borrowing a costume is that it be returned cleaned and ready for the next character to use. “This is one of the things I like so much about living at Shell Point,” said Ruth. “Where else could you go to have so much fun?” To borrow a costume from the Costume Closet, residents or courts who are planning a special event (or if you have a costume to add to the collection) should contact Teri Kollath, Manager of Volunteer and Academy Services, at 454-2254.
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Resident volunteers and staff worked together to organize the Costume Closet.
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It was the coldest day in January, but that did not stop the intrepid group of Shell Point residents who traveled to downtown Fort Myers for an educational walking tour of the city as part of the program, Academy-on-the-Go. They spent an entire morning discovering the history of Fort Myers. The residents learned that the history of Southwest Florida and the city of Fort Myers begins with the Calusa Indians – a fierce and intelligent people who took advantage of the surrounding ecosystem. By the mid 1700s, they became one of Florida’s lost tribes, but they had left their mark on the landscape with an intricate system of canals and numerous shell mounds. The United States bought Florida from Spain in 1821, and Seminole Indians migrated south from the areas now known as Alabama and Georgia, but in 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act and three Seminole Indian wars followed. It was during the second war that several forts popped up along the Caloosahatchee River. One such fort was Fort Harvie which was abandoned in 1842 and later burned
down. Eight years later in 1850, Major General David Twiggs ordered the building of another fort on that same spot and named it Fort Myers for Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Myers who was engaged to General Twiggs’ daughter.
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After the Civil War, the fort was plundered by local fishing villagers and abandoned until Manuel Gonzalez settled in the fort with his family and friends as a squatter. Early settlers raised cattle brought from Spain or grew citrus or sugar cane. But, the biggest draw to Fort Myers in the post Civil War era was the lure of land and the opportunity to become a cattle supplier. Captain Francis Hendry and Jacob Summerlin were two powerful cattlemen of the time.
Captain Francis Hendry (standing center) posing with Seminole Indians.
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As Shell Pointers proceeded to walk the streets of Fort Myers they learned it became an official town in 1885. City growth was slow until the arrival of the railroad and automobile in 1904. Train travel grew at a rapid pace, and the Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot was completed in 1924 to accommodate travelers until it was decommissioned in 1971. The Tamiami Trail (US 41) also opened to Fort Myers in 1924 and was com-
President Herbert Hoover, and an unidentified White House aide, visit with famous winter residents Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
pleted to Miami in 1928. With Fort Myers accessible by train and auto, a land boom followed, bringing more people to Fort Myers in addition to the rich and famous already in residence – Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs, Harvey Firestone, Ambrose McGregor, Harvie Heitman, etc. The boom changed the landscape of Fort Myers forever. The “cow town” look was replaced by Edison’s imported royal palm trees, and Fort Myers became the City of Palms.
Residents enjoyed the opportunity of touring the Burroughs home, one of the historic homes preserved by the city. Philip Isaacs, the Fort Myers Press editor, holds a copy of the paper, established in 1885. The Tamiami Trail (US 41) also opened to Fort Myers in 1924 and was completed to Miami in 1928. When the Depression hit, several government projects were undertaken to help Fort Myers through the economic hardships including the Edison Bridge, post office, and yacht basin which residents toured.
The 1940s and 1950s brought more businesses and more people to this tropical paradise on the river. In 1947, the Rock Lake Motel, made of coral rock, opened to the east of downtown. Motels, including the Sea Chest Motel and Tides Motel, opened next to the river on First Street.
The Shell Point group passed the old Lee County post office (which is now the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center) on their tour (right) as well as many other prominent downtown buildings built during that time when homes, schools, shops, the Lee Memorial hospital, and several churches sprang up along the river.
Residents such as Cleveland and Ruth Campbell braved the cold weather with a smile. The DeLeon building (right) is an example of architecture from the early years.
Above left: Sylvia Chamberlin stands in front of the renovated Edison Theater. Above: The group makes a stop in front of the Arcade Theater. Fort Myers was a hot spot for business owners, retailers, government workers, and tourists. The first air conditioned restaurant, the Snack House, opened in 1949, and in the 1950s, downtown Fort Myers was a shopping mecca with Sears, Pennyâ€™s, McCroryâ€™s, Flossie Hill, and others. As Shell Point residents toured the downtown area they paid a visit to both the Arcade and Edison Theatres. Shell Point Life | February 2009
The 1980s and 1990s placed the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area as the fourth fastestgrowing metropolitan area in the United
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States. However, downtown Fort Myers started experiencing a decline in business, residents, and visitors. Many buildings were deserted as more and more of the population spread to the outer parts of the county, but downtown Fort Myers remained the center of government. A redevelopment and transformation is underway in this first decade of the new century to bring more people back into the downtown area, renamed the River District. Many historical buildings have already been restored, including the Arcade Theatre, Bradford building, the Dean building, the DeLeon Building, the Earnhardt building, the Gwynne Institute, and the old Lee County Courthouse. The old post office has been transformed into the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Other improvements and renovations, scheduled for
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Restored buildings in downtown Fort Myers feature interesting architectural details. Colleen Curry (left) takes a break in the Patio DeLeon.
completion in 2009, include the ten-story justice center, and the streetscape project with underground utilities and beautification. A 1,400-unit condo complex consisting of eight towers, and a Publix shopping center has been completed on the west side of downtown. With the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area ranked as the 15th fastest growing metropolitan area through 2005, Fort Myers will continue to redefine itself as it grows, while also keeping its history and tradition intact.
HISTORICAL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FORT MYERS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND THE STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA.
The Suburbs Expand
The City of Palms was the center of activity for an 800 square mile area until the 1960s. Mosquito control reduced the number of pesky insects, air conditioning became affordable, and the first seniors on Social Security headed to Southwest Florida, bringing more developers, banks, politicians, and tourists to town. However, cheap land, new housing, roads, bridges, schools, and shopping centers lured people away from downtown and into the suburbs and neighboring cities.
2009 Shell Point Art Show Eagerly Anticipated Show to be held March 13 - March 15 If you are one of the many residents enjoying the beautiful artwork gracing this year’s Shell Point Calendar, then prepare to be amazed at the 2009 Shell Point Art Show and Sale! Since 2004, the Shell Point Art Show and Sale has been an exciting experience for artists, residents, and guests. Over one thousand visitors from nearly thirty states and six countries come to Shell Point annually to view the amazing creations of resident artists. Smiling faces of all ages can be seen as people peruse the paintings, clay sculptures, intricate wood carvings, glasswork, and more on display. Artists display and sell the best of their work but also play a role in greeting many people from outside the Shell Point community.
Artists display a wide variety of art forms including wood, clay and paintings.
“It isn’t just an art show and sale,” said artist Margaret Yates (Cellana). “It is an event, an experience, and a memorable occasion eagerly awaited and long remembered!” Proceeds from the sale help the Art Club improve the Art Studio and support other worthy causes. In 2004, the Art Club was able to donate $500 for backpacks for the children of Shell Point employees. Art lovers enjoy browsing at Money raised at the the show and many leave 2007 sale allowed the with new art pieces for their homes. Art Club to purchase and install new cabinetry in the Art Studio— something artist Marjorie make the 2009 show special in remembrance Dawson (Cameo) appreciates. of former Shell Point resident Olive Adams “When I joined the Art Club in 1990, who was a formative early member of the Art there seemed to be no space Club. “Olive was very special to so many for the group to of us and we are excited to paint or have meetmake this year’s Art Show ings. That’s why I and Sale the best ever in her appreciate the Art memory and honor,” said Dot Studio we have Beard of Cellana. now,” she says. The 2009 Shell Point Art This year’s Art Show and Sale will be held in Show and Sale the Social Center on the promises to impress Island from March 13-15. once again, and the The show is open to the pubMan of the World entire community, lic for sales and viewing on by Olive Adams as well as the pubFriday and Saturday from 9 lic, is invited to view and a.m. to 4 p.m., and from noon to 4 p.m. on purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. Sunday. For more information about the Art Many Art Club members are Show and Sale please call Susan Miltner, Art working especially hard to Show Coordinator at 481-7477.
Designation Consternation While “In Trust For” and “Transfer on Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC, Executive Death” designations may bypass the Director of The Legacy Foundation. probate process, they can cause significant disCraig Hersch is a well known attorney in ruption and uncertainty when CDs are Fort Myers and a good friend to the Shell changed or when assets designated to pass to Point community. Craig is back once again to a loved one are used for living expenses. Join offer an estate planning workshop. This is an us for a discussion of the use and opportunity to hear what is new and misuse of these popular designations. to explore some aspects of estate planThe Legacy invites you to ning that may not have occurred to attend a special presentation by you in the past. Craig R. Hersch, Attorney at Law Timothy Stephenson is an expeof Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, rienced estate design specialist and Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. and Tim Stephenson trusted advisor at Shell Point.
An Estate Planning Workshop
The Use and Misuse of “In Trust For” and “Transfer On Death” Designations Wednesday, February 18 Grand Cypress Room/Wdls 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. RSVP to either Service Desk: 454-2282 on The Island or 454-2054 at The Woodlands
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asking how he was going to wake them up instead. “They had nothing to worry about. I would monitor the anesthesia so closely that when the surgery was over, the patient would wake up and ask when we were going to begin. Often times they were even able to help themselves move onto the gurney to go to the recovery room,” recalls Dr. Morrell. A Love of Music
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From an early age, Ketcham Morrell dreamed of pursuing a career in medicine and was fascinated by the field of anesthesiology. Following high school, he planned to attend college and then medical school, but his plans were temporarily put on hold during World War II, where he spent time in the Atlantic on a troop ship dodging German submarines until the end of the war. Following the war, he attended Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he met his wife Janet. He then went on to the state university’s College of Medicine in Syracuse, followed by an internship and residency. Another of his plans was circumvented at that time. He had originally planned to go into private practice, but due to a shortage of anesthesiologists in the service, he was drafted into the Navy in 1957 and became the first trained anesthesiologist at the naval hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. Following two years of service in the Navy, Dr. Morrell was able to return to his original plan and went into private practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Canton, New York. At the time he was one of only three anesthesiologists at St. Joseph’s, which was a pioneer hospital in open heart surgery. When he left thirty years later, the department had grown significantly, and he was the Chairman of the anesthesiology department, heading up twenty-two anesthesiologists, six nurse anesthetists, and a support staff. Dr. Morrell estimates that he trained more than two hundred fifty doctors while he was Chairman of the department. Dr. Morrell was active in the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, and the
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Dr. Ketcham Morrell wears the medal recently awarded to him. Dr. Morrell demonstrates the theater organ.
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He served as President of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists in 1973. He then served in leadership at the national level of ASA for fifteen years and as President in 1985. Here he created the first committee to examine setting standards of care in anesthesiology. Across the Country
He traveled extensively as President making speeches at events across the country. While president of ASA, he continued his medical practice by bringing in another practitioner, sharing duties, and working half time. Although he says his involvement in setting standards of care for anesthesiologists was probably his most important contribution, he personally enjoyed serving his patients the most. Back then, patients were admitted into the hospital the night before so he could meet with them to ease their anxiety about their pending surgery. The most asked question was how he was going to put them to sleep. His standard response was always, “with a smile.” He went on to tell them they should be
Although Dr. Morrell made important contributions to the medical field, he also had another passion, and he brought this one with him when he came to Shell Point – literally! On the second floor of the Commons in The Woodlands sits a majestic Allen Digital Theater Organ donated by Ketcham and Janet Morrell in 2003 when they moved into the community. The organ runs through approximately 75 speakers contained in five cabinets. It has 64 pistons, 51 notes on each of three keyboards, 32 pedal notes, runs through two computers to generate the timbre and pitch, and can play a complete symphony of sounds – flutes, clarinets, French horns, strings, cymbals, and snare drums, as well as a variety of choir voices. Dr. Morrell was classically trained to play the organ. He started playing music when he was nine years old, at a time when his feet couldn’t even reach the pedals. He was a boy soprano in his church choir and eventually a devoted choir director. Music for Dr. Morrell has remained a vocation and he has enjoyed the pursuit of this pleasure as a hobby. According to Dr. Morrell the acoustics of The Commons are perfect and transform the sound from the organ into that associated with grand pipe organs. As proof of the organ’s popularity, an audience gathered as he demonstrated the organ’s range from show tunes to classical pieces. Dr. Morrell is active in bringing professional organists to play this magnificent instrument for the residents. He says they are amazed when they hear the music resonating throughout the building for the very first time.
Veteran Journalist Chris Wallace Highlights Speakers Series Topics to Include Current National and Political Affairs Shell Point is excited to welcome Chris Wallace, veteran broadcast journalist and host of FOX News Sunday, as part of Shell Point’s inaugural Speakers Series. Mr. Wallace, the second of three distinguished speakers, will focus on current political affairs with an emphasis on the first 100 days of the new Obama Presidency. Currently the host of FOX News Sunday, political speaker Chris Wallace has been a media presence for years, also serving as a journalist for ABC News, and a senior correspondent for PrimeTime and 20/20. With a journalistic style reminiscent of the late Tim Russert, he has also served as a White House correspondent and anchor on NBC News’ premier Sunday talk show, Meet the Press. Mr. Wallace has won every major award for broadcast journalism, including a Dupont-Columbia Award, three Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the George Polk Award. Also a best-selling author, his 2004 book, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage, details the tradition of leadership in America’s presidency. A political expert and experienced speaker, Mr. Wallace discusses current
national and political affairs with expertise and insight, drawn from his prolific career which includes interviews with numerous world leaders, celebrities, and athletes. Mr. Wallace is also able to offer audiences a perspective on how an investigative reporter operates. His insights into television and politics are in high demand and respected throughout the United States. Obama’s First 100 Days
The first 100 days of any presidency are critical to the direction of the country, but President Obama’s are among the most highly anticipated in history. The United States is at a turning point in its economics and its foreign and domestic policy, and the early steps taken by the Obama administration will determine the course of the next four years. Mr. Wallace’s presentation will provide the audience with a unique, behind-the-headlines perspective on the latest issues in Washington and will include a dynamic question and answer session. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear
from one of the most experienced and respected political and journalistic minds in the field on what the latest national events and the Obama presidency will mean for you. Tickets
Individual tickets are still available for Chris Wallace. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience an evening of cultural entertainment, profound insights, and fascinating discussion on a wide range of issues. Chris Wallace will speak on Monday, February 9, in the Church Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for his presentation are available for $40 and can be purchased by calling 454-2282.
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Butch Thompson & Chapman Family Singers Thursday, February 26, 2009 • 7:30 p.m.
Butch Thompson, pianist and Topsy Chapman and The Chapman Family Singers will perform at The Village Church Auditorium on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series.
In a career spanning over 40 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a worldwide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony. Widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” he continues on the show as a frequent guest. Born and raised in Marine-on-St. Croix, a small Minnesota river town, Thompson was playing Christmas carols on his mother’s upright piano by age three, and began formal lessons at six. He also studied clarinet, and led his first professional jazz group as a
teenager. Next, he joined the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band of Minneapolis, and at 18 made his first visit to New Orleans, where he became one of the few non-New Orleanians to perform at Preservation Hall during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, Thompson played on a number of the first “Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts. By 1980, the show was being nationally syndicated, and the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band, a position the group held for the next six years. Performing all over the world, The Chapman Family Singers dazzle crowds with their suave style, clear melodious voices, and unique family blend. To hear them is purely delightful for all ages. Tickets are available for $35 by calling 454-2282. Shell Point Life | February 2009
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question following a presidential on the Old Testament. Marian campaign. On February 13, learn Davey (Parkwood) will share a how to recycle your Christmas compelling and provocative wreath — this is the third course story with a literary quality that in a series that takes your wreath distinguishes it as a special gift. through the seasons, taught by Join her for a book review of The Rachael Dula, Arbor Activities Shack on February 23. Explore shorebirds The Computer College Coordinator, and Rose Cridlin, The Computer College is offering help- Administrative Assistant Resi- on February 23 with Academy On The Go Iver Brook (Lucina). We will visit the Norman ful “how to” information including how to: dent Life. Another session of the Write your Memoirs on a Computer, Share AARP Driver Safety course begins on Rockwell Exhibit at the Naples Museum of Your Photos, Format Your Documents, Use February 16, in The Island Manatee Room, Art on February 11. On February 23, we will PhotoShop Elements, and Merge Mail. taught by Caroline Sapsford (Junonia). travel to Ding Darling National Wildlife The Computer College even offers a course This is a great opportunity to focus on the Refuge and Bunche Beach to explore the for those who have never used a computer - changes that accompany aging while shorebirds of Southwest Florida, a trip led Computer Prep School. reviewing the driving laws of Florida. On by Dr. Iver Brook (Lucina). February 19, Frank Hicks, Ph.D. Coffee with a Neighbor Community Enrichment (Rosemont) will take you through the hisOn February 3, Dr. Robert Chamberlin tory of satellites. On February 25, Calvin Join numerous experts in the field of (Royal Bonnet) will share the international Johansson (Cameo) will present a brief Parkinson’s Disease as Shell Point hosts the experience that led him to a career change overview of the very large subject of Sixth Annual Parkinson’s Symposium on which benefitted numerous children. February 6. This day-long program will Christian hymnody. include criteria for DBS surgical candidates, For the Love of Learning Mind, Body, and Spirit benefits of movement in maintaining qualOn February 4, Artist Herb On February 12, Sherry ity of life, and ways to improve activities of Sklar (Eagles Preserve) will share Brown, Larsen Pavilion daily living. Lydia Black, Executive Director his expertise during the popular Administrator and Director of the Alliance for the Arts, will preview course, Torn Paper Portraits, A of Hope Hospice at Shell the arts in Lee County on February 20. Values Study. On February 7, Point; and Dr. Roger Vera Graham (Turban) will assist Hirchak, Vice President for Please see the spring Academy brochure Jean Arndt (Parkwood) in a Medical Services at Shell for more information on course content, quilting class that will teach a Point, present vital informa- class locations, and instructors. It is availskill that can turn your creativtion on palliative care avail- able at either Service Desk, and on line at Eleanor Larsen ity into a work of art of any size. (Oakmont) holds her Torn able here in the community. www.shellpoint.net. Refer to the Weekly On February 11, Bill Saunders Paper Portrait made in a Beginning on February 17, Reminder and watch SPTV for reminders, (Turban) will lead a course on History Professor Adrian Kerr promotions, and updates for The Academy class offered by Herb managing change, a pertinent Sklar (Eagles Preserve). will teach a two-part course at Shell Point.
Save the date: March 10, 2009
One Elegant Evening
This year we will be celebrating volunteer appreciation at Shell Point in a brand new way! With over half of the 2,000 plus residents serving as volunteers, we have to look at new and creative ways to accommodate a gathering to celebrate such a phenomenal number of people and such a generous amount of giving.
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with Over One Thousand Stars
This year, instead of getting together for lunch in the Church Auditorium, we will be celebrating under the stars with an elegant evening dessert reception to the sounds of string and wind instruments to be held in The Island Administrative Courtyard. The event will carry into the Crystal Room with additional seating and beautiful harp music.
Save Tuesday, March 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., for this evening of volunteer appreciation. More information will be available in Shell Point Life, and on SPTV. Be sure to turn in your volunteer hours form so you will be included in our celebration. Contact Teri Kollath, Manager Volunteer Services, at 454-2254 with questions.
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Four years ago, Shell Point made an direction to be able to position a satellite dish investment of $250,000 to upgrade to capture the signal properly. By placing a the cable television system for the entire com- larger dish on the roof of the residential buildmunity. This increased the number of free ings, we can ensure that everyone will receive television channels provided to residents a proper signal. We wanted to be fair to all from 36 to more than 80, which include 70 Shell Point residents, so we have decided to regular channels, 1 reading service, 1 classi- install a larger dish on the roof of the resical HD radio station, and eleven digital and dential buildings for those residents who high definition channels. would like to subscribe to this paid service.” At that time, several special packages of “It is important that all of our residents premium channels including HBO and others know that their free basic cable package will were introduced and offered for an additional not change,” said Moore. “If someone wants monthly fee; however residents were to sign up for this additional service, overwhelmingly satisfied with the they will only be paying for the new increase in channel offerings and channels. They will still continue to fewer than ten people signed up for receive the original 80+ channels for the premium packages. This seemed free. Likewise, any resident who does to indicate that there was not widenot want to pay for additional chanspread interest in adding pay-per-view nels can continue to receive their Scott Moore or paid cable upgrades at that time. free cable channels from Shell Point The current cable TV channels are pur- at no charge. We just wanted to make sure chased as a package by Shell Point through that we responded to the requests from resiSenior TV. This company serves a number of dents who want to be able to purchase more communities across the country with similar channels with programming such as sports, systems and allows Shell Point to offer special movies, business and finance programs, enterfeatures such as maintaining its own inde- tainment, education, religious, or even chilpendent channels for SPTV, the Village dren’s channels for their grandkids.” Church, and the low vision reading channel. The Technical Support Services departRecently, there has been an increase in ment oversees the cable television system at the number of requests from newer residents Shell Point. Peter Burt, manager of the departfor greater selection and diversity of channels. ment, is working closely with Scott to impleIn an effort to assist in meeting what seems to ment this new program, which will require be an increasing desire for additional channel installing technical improvements in each selection, Scott Moore, Director of Facility building where residents have signed up. The Operations, has introduced a plan to provide dishes will take approximately four weeks to residents who want to upgrade their channel install on each building and the order will be selections to do so through DirectTV, a satel- determined on a first come, first served” by lite dish network. the residents who sign up first. “There were several factors that led us to “We are very pleased to be able to offer this decision,” said Moore. “Due to the num- this new alternative which should meet the ber of buildings and apartments on our camdesires for more channels pus, it would be very unsightly to allow every now and into the future, resident to put up an individual dish on their while still maintaining the patio or in windows or lanais. And there was existing free channels for the question of who would be responsible for any residents who do not maintaining and servicing resident satellite wish to upgrade,” said Tim dishes. If we are to be responsible for ensuring Ficker, Vice President of Peter Burt that they function properly, we must superOperations. vise the dish installation ourselves. Plus, “Residents should know that we are not many residential units do not face the right pushing this service,” said Moore. “There is no
benefit to Shell Point if a resident signs up for DirectTV. As part of our sincere desire to ‘Care, Serve, and Satisfy,’ we want to ensure that we offer the most current amenities available so that residents have the freedom to increase the number of channels if they prefer.” The cost to Shell Point to install dishes on the rooftops of each building and the additional cabling required will be substantial and a portion of this overall cost will be passed on to the residents who choose to utilize this service. Residents who do not opt to use this service will not be charged for the improvements to their building. To receive access to the DirectTV Network via one of the group satellite dishes, residents should contact Shell Point’s “One Call Does it All” Service Line at 454-2190. Shell Point is pleased to offer access to this new service. Please call 454-2190 for further information or to sign up.
Costs for the new service are as follows: $475 one time installation fee per participating residence to cover the installation of the dish and cabling. This fee must be paid to Shell Point before the dish is installed on the roof and the residence is connected. This fee can be charged to the resident’s Shell Point account. Monthly fee for whatever programming packages the resident specifically chooses. This fee is monthly and is paid directly to Direct TV. This fee cannot be charged to the resident’s Shell Point account. An additional fee will be charged to the resident by DirectTV for a receiver box if the resident does not have an HD-compatible television set. The receiver box will enable the resident to receive HD programming. The cost will be based on the type of receiver box the resident chooses.
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Shell Point 2009 Residents’ Council
New Court Representatives Elected for 2009 For those of you who are new residents to Shell Point Retirement Community, you may not be aware of the important and dedicated group of residents who serve on the Shell Point Residents’ Council. The purpose of the Residents’ Council is “to facilitate communication between residents and administration of Shell Point on matters of general concern to the residents, including constructive criticism, suggestions, and unresolved problems,” as stated in the Residents’ Council Bylaws. The Residents’ Council holds regular monthly meetings, normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:45 a.m. in the Social Center on The Island. All Shell Point residents are welcome to attend and hear the issues presented by each court representative, but only the acting court representative has the right to discuss and vote on issues. Executive management staff from Shell Point administration are also present at these meetings to provide information and respond
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to residents’ issues. From time to time, staff from various departments are invited by the Council to attend and present informative updates on procedures and programs in their areas of responsibility for the Council’s ongoing reference to Shell Point activity. Elected Representatives
The Council consists of one representative for each court, elected by residents of that court on The Island; The Woodlands; Eagles Preserve, Shell Point South (residents who live in Palm Acres); King’s Crown; the Arbor; and the Larsen Pavilion. First and second alternates are also elected to serve, as needed, in the absence of the acting court representative. The Council serves as the resident governing body to act on sponsorship of proposed programs, such as the United Way, Employee Christmas Gift Drive, Library Fund Drive, etc. Each court representative also serves in the important role of the court contact during
hurricane season in the event that a hurricane threat may necessitate evacuation of residents to the Shell Point hurricane shelter. In November 2008, elections were held to re-appoint court representatives for each building, from which officers were elected. We are pleased to introduce the newlyelected 2009 Residents’ Council. Shell Point residents and staff are grateful for their volunteer service in these important positions. The officers of the Residents’ Council are also empowered by the residents to act as their Resident Advisory Committee to present resident concerns to the Shell Point Board of Directors, who meet onsite at Shell Point approximately three times a year. As you schedule your calendar of activities each month, you may want to attend one of these important meetings to observe this group in action. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about ongoing activity at Shell Point, along with issues and concerns among your fellow residents.
Back Row Standing: Bill Davis (Lakewood) Richard Maass (Rosemont) Bill Lanpher (Oakmont) Bob Foote (Cellana alternate) Earl Mallick (Arbor) Dick Rockstroh (Turban) Bill Staples (Pavilion) Middle Row Standing: Pat Straup (Macoma) Russel Peters (Cameo) Carol Palermo (Royal Bonnet) Chris Gooden (Sundial) Donald Miltner (Parkwood) Nancy McDowell (Tellidora) Ted Rodgers (Palm Acres) Gene Loughran (Coquina) Jerry Ingalls (Eagles Preserve) Sidney Hansen (King’s Crown) Linda Nickerson (Rec. Secretary) Front Row Seated: Grayce Gore (Periwinkle) Joan Perry (Harbor Court) Margaret Richmond (Sand Dollar) Harriet Reece (Junonia) Mike Klein (Nautilus) Warren Goodell (Lucina)
Court Representatives Elected for 2009
Residents’ Council Officers Elected for 2009
Arbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Earl Mallick Cameo . . . . . . . . . . . . .Russel Peters Cellana . . . . . . . . .Gayle Richardson Coquina . . . . . . . . . .Gene Loughran Eagles Preserve . . . . . . .Jerry Ingalls Harbor Court . . . . . . . . .Joan Perry Junonia . . . . . . . . . . . .Harriet Reece King’s Crown . . . . . .Sidney Hansen Lakewood . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Davis Lucina . . . . . . . . . .Warren Goodell Macoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pat Straup Nautilus . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Klein Oakmont . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Lanpher Palm Acres . . . . . . . . . .Ted Rodgers Parkwood . . . . . . . .Donald Miltner Pavilion . . . . . . . . . .William Staples Periwinkle . . . . . . . . . .Grayce Gore Rosemont . . . . . . . . .Richard Maass Royal Bonnet . . . . . .Carol Palermo Sand Dollar . . .Margaret Richmond Sundial . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Gooden Tellidora . . . . . . . .Nancy McDowell Turban . . . . . . . . . . .Dick Rockstroh
Chairman . . . . . . . .Dick Rockstroh Vice Chairman . . . . . .Bill Lanpher Corresponding Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carol Palermo Recording Sec. . . .Linda Nickerson About the Officers
The officers of the Residents’ Council are empowered by Shell Point residents to act as their Resident Advisory Committee to present resident concerns to the Shell Point Board of Directors, who meet onsite at Shell Point approximately three times a year. Attend a Council Meeting
As you schedule your calendar for activities each month, you may want to attend one of these important meetings to observe this group in action. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about ongoing activity at Shell Point along with issues and concerns among your fellow residents.
Live United United Way Campaign 2009 For many years Shell Point residents have been an important part of the United Way Campaign of Lee County, earning recognition as leaders in supporting this vital community service. Last year, the United Way of Lee County raised over $7.6 million and distributed funds to seventy Partners and over 160 programs. Last year, Shell Point residents generously contributed $70,416.24 to the United Way of Lee County. A goal of $75,000 has been set by the Residents’ Council for the 2009 Campaign. Through one single contribution to the United Way of Lee County, you are helping to support more than 160 programs in 70 local partner agencies that assist our friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers. All United Way of Lee County dollars help people in our community. Last year, they provided service to more than 300,000 people throughout our community. This is approximately one out of every two people! You can help
All residents have been sent a United Way packet which included a pledge card, envelope, and a brochure listing the seventy agencies served by the United Way. Participants may designate a specific agency to receive their donation by writing the agency’s name at the bottom of the pledge card. Send your donations to Shell Point Administration or drop off at either Service Desk. You may also mail directly to the United Way in the envelope provided. On behalf of the local United Way and the many people it serves through its agencies, we thank you for your generous support.
Above Carol Palermo, Jodi Phillips of the United Way Lee County and Dick Rockstroh.
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Presidents and Their First Ladies (dramatically speaking) The Major Presidents
Tuesday, February 3 1:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL There have been plenty of generals elected President—but only two majors. Welcome back the dynamic William and Sue Wills as they present portrayals of both James and Elizabeth Monroe, and William and Ida McKinley. Monroe was a Revolutionary War soldier, while McKinley was a Civil War hero. The lives of both Presidents, and their First Ladies, will be dramatically told.
Mac User Group: Using iPhoto to Manage Photos
Thursday, February 5 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room The Photo Contest is coming! Mac users who are also photographers will be finetuning their photographs using their iPhoto program as they anticipate that blue ribbon. George Bail will instruct you on this intuitive program as we visit Alaska. Come and join us for a fun afternoon and learn some of iPhoto’s most useful features.
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Thursday, February 5 Dining: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS Entertainment: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. One of last year’s most popular events is back! Enjoy a smorgasbord of Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish delights as we celebrate Dining Room Manager James Beck’s Scandinavian heritage. Complimented by authentic music, this is sure to satisfy the hungriest Viking!
Friday, February 6 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL Cost: $15 Join Dolores Gozzi, Shell Point Massage Therapist and Aromatic Specialist, for a fun and interactive workshop on essential oils. Learn to incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life for enhanced well-being. Sign up by calling the Salon at 489-8400.
Return to Sweden: ECHO Travelogue Series
Friday, February 6 11:00 a.m. Island pickup 11:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 11:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $45.00 (Lunch included, limited tickets available) An American of Swedish descent, Dale Johnson journeyed to Sweden. The sheer physical beauty of the country was more than he ever expected. Join Dale as he visits Lapland reindeer herders, forested mountains, Viking ancestral lands, Stockholm, and Scandinavian sites.
PROGRAMS • PARTIES • MOVIES • OUTINGS • EXCURSIONS
St. Olaf Choir Concert
Saturday, February 7 5:20 p.m. Island pickup 5:30 p.m. Woodlands pickup 5:40 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $35.00 (no meals) The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is the pioneer a cappella limited space choir in the United States. For more than three-quarters of a century, the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry. Directed since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder, F. Melius
Tuesday, February 10 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Welcome back this memorable performer with her two adorable daughters as she presents a Concert of Appalachian Music. Jennifer will win your heart with her angelic voice. As always you can also expect her to offer plenty of serious and humorous historical facts to complement the music. Come for this special evening and you will certainly leave smiling.
Shell Point Photo Club
Thursday, February 12 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room This month’s program will be the results of the annual Scavenger Hunt Photo contest with the presentation hosted by George Bail.
Bill Gaither Concert: Lovin’ Life Tour Concert
Christiansen. In 1996, the choir marked the 125th anniversary of his birth. The Concert is at the Mooring Presbyterian Church in Naples. There is a 20 resident limit for this event so please sign up early, to be assured a reservation for this concert.
Lunch Out: Icabod’s
Monday, February 9 10:15 a.m. Island pickup 10:25 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:35 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $6.00 (lunch on your own) Icabod’s Wicked Good Food has replaced Dwyer’s Pub in Fort Myers. That fantastic building next to Barnes and Noble Booksellers now houses a restaurant specializing in an incredibly diverse menu and great bang for your buck. So sign up now along with your friends to check out the new fare and flair of Icabod’s.
Thursday, February 12 5:30 p.m. Island pickup 5:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 5:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $42.00 It is off to Germain Arena to enjoy what promises to be a concert that will please both your ears and heart. Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Friends will entertain you with their Contemporary Christian and Southern style gospel music. Gaither concerts are world famous not only for their quality but for creating a feeling of connection amongst members of the crowd. Please sign up early as there are only 20 tickets available for this inspirational event.
Attention all Pet Owners— Pet Owner Meeting Friday, February 13 10:00 a.m. Church Auditorium
13 Your attendance is requested at a meeting for pet owners. Please leave pets at home.
Valentine’s Day Balloon Bouquet Deliveries
Friday, February 13 Deliveries by appointment Be the first to give your sweetie a special Valentine’s Treat! Resort Services has Valentine Balloon packages including candy! Prices range from $6 - $32. Place your order today, supplies are limited.
Miromar Outlets: Valentine’s Day Shopping Outing
Saturday, February 14 9:15 a.m. Island pickup 9:25 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:35 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) What is not to love about the ever expanding Miromar Outlet Mall in Estero? Many times Miromar has been voted the favorite shopping mall in Southwest Florida. It has grown in size (140 brand name outlets) and has so many new shops and eateries to explore. You’ll find everything from the very fanciful to the ultra practical.
Information Forum Presents: Today’s Grandparenting Challenges
Saturday, February 14 Grand Cypress Room/WDL 10:00 a.m. Grandparents today are very different from grandparents of only a generation ago. In general, today’s grandparents live longer, are healthier and more active than they were a few generations ago. In addition, the roles of grandparents have changed. The guest speaker, Pastor Barb Nave from the Sanibel Community Church, will address the group on the overview of the entire family and the special role a grandparent plays. Learn how today’s grandparents can continue to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren, even if their relationship is long distance. Get some tips and develop strategies to grow your grandparenting relationship from good to great. Hear what some of your Shell Point friends and neighbors are doing to foster and grow terrific grandchildren relationships.
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MEET, & THINGS
Saturday DVD: Fireproof (2008)
Meet & Greet
Saturday, February 14 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Celebrate love with the perfect Valentine’s Day movie! Lt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside any burning building, it’s his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it’s another story. After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents’ newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that’s no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
Thursday, February 19 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Palm Grill/WDL Hosted by Shell Point management, Meet & Greets are a great way to get to know friends and neighbors. Enjoy an offering of hors d’oeuvres while resident musician John Bendall plays. Be sure to make plans to enjoy dinner with friends at the Palm Grill afterward.
Thursday, February 19 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $15.00 (BBQ included; ice cream on your own) One of the very special things about living in Florida is being able to go to the beach! We are the envy of the many as we can bask in the sunshine while they shovel snow! So get your beach gear together and join us for our monthly beach trip to Delnor Wiggins State Park. We are going to stop at the Royal Scoop Ice Cream Parlor on the way home as an extra special treat.
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Organ Concert with Ned Spain Friday, February 20 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Woodlands Commons Our next organ concert features top theatre organist Ned Spain, making his third trip to Shell Point. Mr. Spain, a true renaissance man, was an Allen Organ dealer in the Albany, New York area for over 25 years. He is also an inventor, licensed commercial helicopter pilot, and owner of an advertising agency. He has given many theatre organ concerts in northern New York State, especially at the Proctor Theatre organ in Schenectady.
Dinner Outing to Coconuts with music by Michael Anthony Friday, February 20 4:30 p.m. Island court pickup 4:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 8:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $11.00 (dinner on your own) Michael Anthony will treat Shell Point residents to an evening of fun and great “new flamenco” guitar music as they enjoy waterfront dining in North Fort Myers. Many of you have heard Michael play here at Shell Point, so you know what a treat we are in for. Coconuts specializes in “Caribbean cuisine with a Cuban twist.” Entrees include selections such as Kettle Cooked Mahi Mambo, The Flying Hog, Cast Iron Baked Crab Stuffing Shrimp, and El Viejos Roasted Pork, with prices typically $8.95 to $21.95. They also have a huge selection of “shareable” appetizers and even mango guava cheesecake! The whole menu is available to review online at
www.coconutsbarandgrill.com. This will undoubtedly be an evening you will not soon forget.
Movie Night: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Monday, February 23 Part I Tuesday, February 24 Part II 7:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Join us for a special two-night feature presentation! Director David Lean’s Oscarwinning epic tells the true-life story of warrior-poet T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole), who helped unite warring Arab tribes so they could strike back against the Turks in World War I. Lushly filmed and expertly acted, this timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures — and within one man — that changed the tide of war. Alec Guiness and Anthony Quinn co-star. Note: Only the second half of the movie will be shown on Tuesday evening.
Library Book Talk
Tuesday, February 24 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Phyllis Duty (Oakmont) will be the featured presenter at the regular monthly meeting. She will be discussing A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Everblades Hockey Game
Friday, February 27 6:15 p.m. Island pickup 6:25 p.m. Woodlands pickup 6:35 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $23.00 (snacks on your own) Are you ready for some hockey? The action is always fast and furious at Everblades games. This night the Blades take to their home ice at Germain Arena to play the Johnstown Chiefs. Whether you are an expert on the game or if you have never even seen a hockey game, you are sure to have a fun evening at the rink. Program coordinator and escort for the event, Bev Rademacher, will be happy to explain the game to those novice fans who decide to join in the fun!
Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)
March Sign up now for Smuckers Stars on Ice!
Special event bus will be running
Walking up and down stairs
Special — Sign up now for Smuckers Stars on Ice at Germain Arena Monday, March 2 5:30 p.m. Island court pickup 5:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 5:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $43.00 (snacks on your own) America’s premier figure skating is coming to Germain Arena where you can witlimited ness the talents of many Olympic space medalists, World Champions, and guest stars. Experience the thrill and speed of these athletes. SIGN UP NOW — this event is limited to 15 lucky residents.
Bay Singers Thursday, March 5 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS The Bay Singers are a 40-singer choral group comprised of Bonita Bay residents, most of whom have many years of singing experience. Founded ten years ago by Shell Point resident Dave McJoynt of Eagles Preserve, they now bring their singing talents together for a delightful evening of light, uplifting, and energetic music featuring sacred songs, show tunes, and patriotic music. The Bay Singers perform under the direction of Dr. Becky Weese. All are invited to enjoy the show.
Mark Your Calendar The following activities are planned by a variety of groups. All Shell Point residents are welcome to attend. Check your current Weekly Reminder, or watch SPTV for locations and/or changes.
SUNDAY 9:00 Christian Life Studies (WDL) 9:15 Christian Life Studies 10:15 Morning Worship 1:15 Mixed Golf League 6:15 Evening Worship
1:00 Mixed Progressive Pairs’ Bridge 1:30 Stamp Project (Sabal Room/WDL) 1:45 The Rollicking Recorderists 3:15 Virtual Tennis 6:45 Hymn Sing (Feb 3)
MONDAY 8:45 Lap Robes (Feb 2, 16) 9:15 Billiards 9:15 Pottery 10:15 Virtual Bowling 10:30 Disciple Men’s Bible Study 10:45 Beginners Table Tennis 12:00 Mah-Jongg (Sabal Room, WDL) 1:15 Table Tennis 1:15 Scrabble 1:15 Shuffleboard 1:15 Tone Chimes 2:00 Beading Club 3:15 Virtual Golf 4:30 Bourne Jewelers 6:45 Duplicate Bridge 7:00 Pinochle
7:45 Men’s Bible Study 9:00 Watercolor Group 9:00-12:00 Geraci Travel 9:15 Model Yacht Club Meeting (Feb 4) 9:45 Ladies’ Bible Study 10:15 Model Yacht Club (Garden Apt Pond) 11:00 Computer Q & A (Feb 18 Sabal Room/WDL) 11:15 Computer Q & A (Feb 4 Osprey Room/IS) 1:00 Chess 2:15 Knitter’s Anonymous (Feb 18) 2:30 Jazz ‘N Stuff (Feb 4, 18, 25) 3:00 Bible Study (King’s Crown) 5:45 Village Church Choir Rehearsal 7:15 Prayer & Praise
THURSDAY TUESDAY 8:00 Women’s Golf League 8:15 Stamp Project (Stamp Room/IS) 9:15 Open Painting Group 10:15 Trim & Healthy Support Group 12:45 Duplicate Bridge
2:15 Handwork Group (Feb 12) 2:15 Photo Club (Feb 12) 2:15 Computer Club (Feb 19) 7:00 Trailblazers Bible Study
8:00 Men’s Golf League 9:30 Current Events 10:00 Paddler’s Club/IS 10:15 Online Investors (Feb 19) 1:15 Mah-Jongg (Library Lounge, RAC) 1:15 SPOT Play Readers (Feb 5, 19)
8:00 Intrepid Bike Riders (Feb 13, 27) 8:15 Stamp Project (Stamp Room/Tunnel/IS) 10:15 Inquiring Minds 10:15 Genealogy (Feb 13) 1:00 Mixed Progressive Bridge 1:15 Quilters 1:15 Table Tennis 1:30 Vespers (Arbor) 2:00 Diabetes Group Appt (Feb 6) 2:15 Art Club (Feb 20 Art Studio) 2:45 Vespers (KC) 3:15 Great Decisions (Feb 6, 20) 6:45 Game Night
SATURDAY 8:00 Adopt-a-Road (Feb 21) 9:00 Saturday Coffee 9:45 Duplicate Bridge – Supervised Play 10:00 Information Forum(Feb 14) 10:15 Model Yacht Club (Garden Apt Pond) 1:00 Chess 7:00 Duplicate Bridge
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Interactive Exploration into
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Learn to incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life for enhanced well-being.
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This month we’re starting a new feature focusing on a special hair style. Our first “model” is Lessie Slater of Sand Dollar. Lessie sports a “wash, blow and go” style great for her active life at Shell Point. Lessie’s style is reinforced with a perm for added volume and control. The correct hair style should accent the shape of an individual’s
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face. Lessie's widest point of her face is at her cheeks, so we established extra volume through the temple area and crown with diminished width through the cheek area. Putting volume in just the right places gives her an instant lift. Lessie has a beautiful silver-grey color, with increased depth in color at the nape of the neck, further enhancing the shape of the style.
Lessie Slater wears a style that beautifully accents the shape of her face.
— A Great Learning Day —
FOR YOUR VALENTINE, GIVE THE GIFT OF
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SALON SPA DAY BRIGHTEN THE DAY OF YOUR SPECIAL VALENTINE WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM THE SALON —
For the Ladies — Our Ladies Spa Day package is full of
Sign up today for this fun and interesting exploration into aromatics. This workshop will introduce you to essential oils and aromatherapy. You will learn the history, guidelines, and ways to incorporate them into your everyday life. Aromatherapy can provide natural solutions bringing mind and body into balance. This two-hour workshop is interactive, with a class size limit. Dolores Gozzi, Shell Point Massage Therapist and Aromatic Specialist, will give an introduction to essential oils on Friday, February, 6 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Sabal Room at The Woodlands. The cost is $15. Sign up by calling the Island Salon 489-8400.
Make-up artists for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics at Nordstrom in Naples, Andrea Stephens and Marci Landfried, wowed us with great tips, tricks, and techniques that are classic to the Bobbi Brown style of make-up application. This class was wonderful and fun with Ellie Whiteside was many of the ladies a spectacular model remaining afterfor the class. wards for individual makeovers, questions, and make-up purchases. Andrea and Marci were gracious guests, and we look forward to their return in the future.
wo G special pampering sure to be remembered. Begin with a wonderr O pt ion s eat fully relaxing renewal Facial, followed by a 30-minute Massage, ! topped off with a refreshing Shampoo and Style. Enjoy your day in tranquil harmony. VALENTINE’S SPECIAL $110.00 (WITH A SAVINGS OF $15.00)
For the Guys — Our Men’s Spa Day package combines a rejuvenating hourlong Massage, Spa Pedicure complete with Foot Mask, and a refreshing Shampoo and Haircut. VALENTINE’S SPECIAL $105.00 (WITH A SAVINGS OF $13.00) Gift certificates will be hand-delivered, with a complimentary silk rose on Friday, February 13! (While rose supply lasts.) 32
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Bobbi Brown make-up artists gave demonstrations.
Scandinavian Night Thursday, February 5 at The Crystal Room One of last year’s most popular events is back! Swedish, Norwegian & Danish Delights Await
Enjoy a smorgasbord of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish delights as we celebrate Dining Room Manager James Beck’s Scandinavian heritage. Dinner will be complemented by authentic music, sure to satisfy the hungriest Viking! $16.95 plus tax. Dining: 4–7 p.m. Entertainment: 5–7 p.m.
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The Café Promenade in The Woodlands is a community favorite for continental breakfast, homemade soups, delicious salads and sandwiches, ice cream, pastries, cookies, and more. And now, Hospitality Services is pleased to announce new extended hours — so you can enjoy The Café Promenade into the early evening. The Café Promenade will now be open on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This is a great dining option when you are looking for a light meal, or simply need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Relax in the Promenade’s cozy atmosphere, or sit outside and enjoy the wildlife, and the Southwest Florida sunset. No matter where you live at Shell Point, The Café Promenade is a great place to enjoy delightful food, tasty snacks, friendly service, and now convenient extended hours! See you soon at The Café Promenade.
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ENJOY A SPECIAL DINNER AT THE PALM GRILL What could be better than dinner at the Palm Grill? Choose from appetizers of sautéed escargot in garlic butter, warm crabmeat dip, or the Palm Grill’s popular lobster bisque. Entrée choices include rack of lamb, Dijon salmon with a champagne cream, slow roasted prime rib, macadamia crusted red snapper with cilantro key lime sauce, and the “loving couple” (bacon wrapped filet mignon and shrimp scampi). Entrée prices range from $18.95 to $26.95 and include a sweetheart salad. A rich chocolate mousse and fresh berries, will be the perfect complement to your Valentine’s Day dinner. Dinner will be served from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. No reservations.
MAKE THE DAY MEMORABLE AT THE CRYSTAL ROOM This Valentine’s Day, take your special someone to dinner at the he impresCrystal Dining Room. Th sive buffet will feature pork tenderloin with maple cherry sauce, beef roulade, sole with herb butter sauce, creamy Delmonico potatoes, golden baked onions, and baby fresh green beans. The Crystal’s extensive salad bar will complement the meal, along with the hot and cold appetizer station. And for dessert, enjoy made-toorder cherries jubilee. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie in the Crystal Room from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 14. The price of the buffet will be $16.95, plus tax. Seating in the Crystal Room is based on the availability of tables.
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Changes in American Religion 1948-2008 Renowned Historians Speak at Two-Part Spring Lecture Series The Village Church, in conjunction with The Academy, will present the Spring Lecture Series featuring Dr. Grant Wacker and Dr. Nathan Hatch, two leading educators and historians, who will speak in two sessions on the topic: “Changes in American Religion, 1948-2008: Part I and II.” The two sessions will be held starting on Monday, March 2, at 7:15 p.m.; and the second session on Tuesday, March 3, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. in The Village Church Auditorium. All Shell Point residents are invited to attend the two-part series. Please contact the
Dr. Nathan Hatch, President of Wake Forrest University, is regarded as one of the most influential scholars on the history of religion in America.
Church at 454-2147 office for information. Special Luncheon for Ministers and Missionaries
All clergy in Lee County, as well as Shell Point residents who have served as missionaries and clergy, are invited to attend a special luncheon with Dr. Hatch and Dr. Wacker following the presentation on Tuesday, March 3, in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. The luncheon is hosted by The Village Church. Tickets are $10. Please contact the Village Church Office to purchase tickets at 454-2147.
Dr. Nathan Hatch
Dr. Grant Wacker, is Director of Graduate Studies of Religion at Duke University and is an expert on American religion. He has written numerous books on the subject. Dr. Grant Wacker
Women’s Ministries Global Outreach
The Salvation Army is Hard At Work Year Round The name “Salvation Army” may only ring a bell for you at Christmas time. While the red kettle is a seasonal reminder, The Salvation Army is at work year round. As a Christian ministry, the Army serves with compassion the needs of all people without discrimination. In 1865 founder, William Booth walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute. Many churches did not accept Booth’s conWilliam Booth, verts because of their Salvation Army founder. backgrounds, so he organized them into a group of volunteers under the name “The Christian Mission.” Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the
statement “The Christian time. Nationally the organizaMission is a volunteer army.” tion serves nearly 40 million Crossing out the words “volunpeople. The programs assist teer army,” he penned in not only the homeless, but “Salvation Army.” From these also the working poor, people words came the who have lost control of their basis of the founlives due to addiction, as well dation of The as the elderly, prison inmates, Red kettle campaign. Salvation Army. and families and individuals in The Women’s Ministries of crisis through a range of services. The Village Church will feature Local services include food assistance, a the work of The Salvation Army nightly meal program, substance abuse prohere in Lee County at the next Global grams, educational programs, job training, Outreach meeting on February 18 at and counseling for families and individuals 10:15 a.m. Guest speaker, Megan Spears, seeking help or living in shelters. Lives are Resource Management Director for The being rebuilt, and those in need are finding Salvation Army, will highlight the local comfort and support. shelter and services for people experiencing The Salvation Army also provides dishomelessness and poverty in our area. aster relief in the US and abroad. Based in Since 1951, The Salvation Army has London, work is carried out in 111 counserved the people of Lee County with a tries. Come and learn more! vision of making a difference one life at a
Spring Bible Study
anger, as well as our gratitude and praise. This study is a good beginning place for women who have never before studied the Bible together in a group. Beth says, “You don’t need any religious training or previous study to participate in this journey.” Each of us is a pilgrim in the journey of life, and this study will serve to make that journey richer and more fulfilling.
Ladies, it is time to “Step Up!” Beginning Tuesday, February 3, there will again be an opportunity to study the Bible using a Bible Study prepared by renowned author Beth Moore. Stepping Up focuses on the Psalms of Ascent, Psalms 120134. The Psalms invite us to safely pour out our hearts to God, our sorrow, our fears, our
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Women are invited to gather each Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. in The Village Church for a video session with author Beth Moore and a small group discussion time. A workbook accompanies the study, allowing for personal study during the week prior to the group sessions. Workbooks are available for $10 at the church office. Please note that the study will encompass seven sessions, beginning Tuesday, February, 3, with NO study on either March 3 or March 10.
JESUS ONLY… GENERAL COUNCIL ‘09 MAY 26-31 LOUISVILLE, KY Jesus Only has been the foundation of The C&MA for more than 120 years. And Jesus Only will be the focus of General Council 2009: living daily for Jesus Only, completing His Great Commission, and looking for His return. Join the Alliance family from around the world May 26-31, at The Kentucky Convention Center in Lousiville, Kentucky for this exciting event. Be refreshed and encouraged—and ready to live for Jesus Only. Council speakers include Todd Adams, missionary to Papua; Rev. Bill Giovannetti, pastor of Neighborhood Church (Redding, California); Rev. David Goodin, board member; Rev. Derwin Gray, pastor of the Gathering (Charlotte, North Carolina); Rev. José Martínez-Villamil, pastor of Catedral de la Esperanza Church (San Juan, Puerto Rico); Rev. Terrence Nichols, pastor of New Hope Church Community (Vallejo, California); Dr. Mike Phillips, pastor of Gateway Fellowship (Sacramento, California); Mrs. Charlotte Stemple (Cellana) and Dr. Richard Swenson.
Seminars hosted by Council speakers and Alliance leaders from across the country include topics such as: missions in the 21st century, developing a coaching culture in your church, margins for living, and business as mission. Council attendees are welcome to sign up and attend the luncheon to honor retiring workers on Wednesday. Other highlights include the Caleb & Company Connection on Monday, a golf tournament Tuesday, and the healing and communion service Friday night. Accredited delegates will elect the president of the U.S. C&MA and new members of the board at Saturday afternoon’s ministry strategy session. Council is open to everyone in the Alliance family, and those attending more than one day must register. Accredited delegates have debating and voting privileges, and corresponding delegates may attend and observe the ministry strategy sessions. Contact the Council Office at: email@example.com or call 877-284-3262, option 5.
Join the Alliance Family for General Council
Charles and Colleen Shepson with David Moreland; Barbara Drake and Bonnie Camp; Elaine Nesselroade and Marian Davey at Council 2007 in Orlando.
God & Country Celebration Presented by The Village Church Choir
with Special Guest Organist Join The Village Church Choir for a patriotic celebration honoring the spirit of America with legendary organist Bob Ralston. The God & Country Celebration will feature popular and sacred music that commemorates the land of the free, and home of the brave. With gratitude, the patriotic celebration will acknowledge the men and women who have served our country, and honor the public servants who give unselfishly to protect and preserve our liberties. Best known for his fourty-four years as pianist/organist/arranger with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, “Bob Raltson is definitely the King of the Keyboards of America,” boasted Lawrence Welk.
Legendary organist Bob Ralston will perform with the Shell Point Singers for a God & Country Celebration on Sunday, February 15 at 6:15 p.m. and Monday, February 16 at 7:15 p.m.
An alumnus of Illinois’ Wheaton College, Bob Ralston has been involved in Christian music all of his adult life. In 1989,
Bob Ralston Bob was featured as a solo organist at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service. That performance resulted in Bob’s appointment as Musical Director for this internationally acclaimed Christian celebration, a position he has held for sixteen years. On Sunday mornings, Bob can be heard playing the 4-manual, 31-rank Wurlitzer pipe organ at Founder’s Church in Los Angeles, where he has been staff organist for the past twenty years. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the King of the Keyboards on February 15 and 16. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the church office. For more information call 454-2147.
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If you appreciate good movies, you have
a lot in common with two Shell Point movie lovers. Each month, Phyllis Stern (Sand Dollar) and Ann Wharton (Cameo) review the movies shown at Shell Point on SPTV’s Reel Review. Phyllis reviews “golden oldies,” while Ann covers the new releases. Their love affairs with the cinema have long histories. Phyllis relates that her love of movies was “inherited at birth” from a family of movie aficionados. “My brother and sister were movie buffs, just like my parents. When my mother was pregnant with me, my parents went to watch Tarzan at the cinema every weekend. When a baby monkey came on, my father blocked my mother’s view, afraid that I might turn out to look like a monkey from all the movie viewing. Actually, when I was born, I did look like a monkey,” Phyllis laughed. “Fortunately, by two years old, I’d grown to be quite pretty.” Her family’s movie mania seemed to stick with Phyllis. She says, “If a week goes by without seeing at least one movie, I’m not happy! I view at least one Netflix movie a week, I watch a couple on TV, and my friend who drives makes sure that we get to the movies at least once a month.” Although Phyllis relates that her compatriot Ann can watch a movie over and over, she prefers to let a few years go by before re-watching one. Her favorites are comedies. Thinking back to earlier
times, Phyllis remembers serials at the movies. She just couldn’t wait to go the next week to see the resolution and the next crisis! Like Phyllis, Ann is tied to movies through her past. “I absolutely adore movies! Back in Illinois, I was part of a movie group that would get together once a month. Sometimes we would watch a movie together while enjoying a meal, sometimes we would caravan to a movie, and sometimes we would view the movie separately and then come back together to discuss it. If it was a foreign film we were interested in, we’d drive an hour to a larger city where it was being played, or we’d get it on tape.” Perhaps part of Ann’s interest in movies, is her interest in drama itself. For thirty-five years, Ann was in a drama study club, which performed eight plays each year. The group of about thirty women took all the parts and rotated as actors or spectators and then participated in follow-up discussions. Ann continues her dramatic practice in SPOT — Shell Point’s Own Theatre, where she’s been a member for three years. Ann recalls being glued to a movie while she was pregnant, “All of my life, I have loved
movies; and in particular, I loved Masterpiece Theatre. When pregnant, it was feared I might miss my delivery because of wanting so badly to watch the last episode of The Forsythe Saga!” While Phyllis and Ann enjoy themselves when it comes to the movies, there is also quite a bit of effort and time commitment involved in being Shell Point’s Reel Review duo. Ann and Phyllis pick up the DVDs that will be shown that month, and spend several days viewing the movies, taking notes, and conducting research, which often includes looking into biographies of directors and actors, finding snippets about what happened when the movie was being made, checking into critiques by respected critics, getting ideas from others, and finally formulating reviews incorporating their own thoughts. Each review is written into three minute scripts for the Reel Review segments that Ann and Phyllis record for SPTV. The new movies, reviewed by Ann, are shown in The Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands on the second Saturday of each month. Phyllis’s “golden oldies” are shown the last Monday of every month in the Social Center on The Island. Tune into SPTV – Channel 11, for Reel Review on the Friday before each movie airs. Whether you like comedy, drama, action, religious themes, or documentaries, you can count on learning something new when Ann and Phyllis present Reel Review.