May 2012 Vol. 7 Issue 5
WILDLIFE ENTHUSIAST CAPTURES IMAGERY FROM SEA TO SKY
The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.
NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY By Rochelle Cherniawski, Editor In 1963, communities across the nation began joining in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month - a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. The theme for Older Americans Month 2012, Never Too Old To Play, shines a spotlight on the important roles older adults play in sharing their experiences, wisdom, and understanding with younger generations through a variety of different ways. This month, we take a special time to recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to the community through spirited participation in social and faith groups, volunteer opportunities, and other activities. Shell Point residents are known to live active lifestyles and have proven that a person is Never Too Old To Play. In fact, many people in their 80s and 90s have found themselves to be more active at Shell Point than they were in their 40s and 50s! Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven
health benefits - including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show that interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots. While Shell Point is a community that offers services, support, and resources to older Americans every day of the year, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation and truly celebrate our residents! Embrace this year's theme, Never Too Old To Play, and continue to stay engaged and involved in the wide array of activities and events taking place throughout the community. From Happenings and Health Connections to Academy classes and more, this magazine is filled with ways to get out and get active!
Gerald Langberg (Sundial) has been photographing wildlife for more than 50 years. His wife Phyllis, helps him spot the perfect shot. 2
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Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. AVP of Communications Lynn Schneider Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Mary Franklin, Teri Kollath, Robyn Church, Bev Chandley, Melody Desilets, Randy Woods, Tim Stephenson, Inga Bredahl, McKenzie Millis, Dawn Boren, Dianne Morton, Sarah Nadal, Eleanor Pease, Peggy Holton, Sharon Bermel, and Susan Uhleman Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: email@example.com. Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of one of the magazines that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member seen in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as the back issues of the magazine at www.shellpoint.net/spl/splife.htm
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Celebrate Mothers Day Sunday, May 13 enjoy a Special Mother’s Day Buffet at The crystal room
Eggs Benedict and prime rib will be among the featured items
The Crystal Room will host a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13. The menu will offer the extensive salad bar, as well as assorted brunch items such as eggs Benedict, omelettes prepared to order, assorted pastries, peel and eat shrimp, prime rib and turkey at the carving
station, crab-stuffed sole with dill sauce, braised pork marsala, a variety of hot vegetables, and a large dessert buffet. And in honor of Mother’s Day, all ladies will receive a free flower. The price of the buffet is $24.95. The Crystal Room will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
choose from Seafood and more this Mother’s Day at the palm Grill In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Palm Grill will be serving a special menu from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Start with ice-cold shrimp cocktail or the popular Palm Grill lobster bisque. For entrees, selections include filet mignon, Florida snapper piccata, Atlantic salmon, pork tenderloin, or pan-seared sea scal-
lops and Gulf shrimp. And don’t forget to enjoy one of the signature Palm Grill homemade desserts prepared with Mom in mind! For a special treat, plan on having Mother’s Day at the Palm Grill. Prices range from $21.95 to $25.95. Reservations are not accepted, but call-ahead seating is available at 454-2059.
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When Lakewood Resident Sue Moore Wanted to Garden More
She Went All Out During a recent visit to Lakes Park, Frank Moore described a typical day for his wife of 35 years. "She goes to her Shell Point garden every day. When she's not there, she's here," he said, pointing to the vast palette of open space that's begging for some native wildflowers or citrus grove. "Sue's got so much energy. I'm her greatest admirer."
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Planting for the Future B Sue Moore (Lakewood) and her husband, Dr. Frank Moore, moved to sunny Southwest Florida from upstate New York in the 1990s. An avid gardener, Sue had always maintained a large ornamental garden up north, but quickly adapted to the subtropical style of gardening (Zone 11) that works best in the Florida climate. In 2005, Sue and Frank moved to Shell Point and, once again, Sue dived right into gardening by cultivating one of the plots in The Woodlands resident gardens. But anyone who has ever met Sue knows that this dynamic lady has energy to burn, so when an opportunity came to participate in one of the largest gardening ventures in Southwest Florida, she couldnâ€™t resist. Her Biggest Garden Yet
In 2009, Sue accepted the voluntary position of Chairwoman of the Lakes Park Botanic Garden Committee, a $10 million effort to create a world-class, 18acre garden with dozens of different hor-
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ticultural features and attractions. Lakes Park is a regional park located in the center of Lee County. When the county acquired the land in 1978, Lakes Park was anything but a park. The former rock quarry had created deep lakes, but the landscape was full of rocky limestone and invasive vegetation such as Australian pine. There was an abundance of junk to clean up, like abandoned cars and appliances, and the soil was depleted of nutrients. Gradually, amenities were added to the 279acre park but in 2005, Hurricane Charley passed through the area and wiped out the thick growth of Australian pines and left a rather barren landscape to restore. Many people have become stakeholders in Lakes Park as each area is
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converted into verdant zones for generations to enjoy. Fundraising is under way as the Lakes Park Botanic Garden Committee seeks naming rights,
The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation was formed in 2004 to restore the park to itâ€™s native Florida environment.
grants, and in-kind contributions. Each addition to the park has inspired a growth spurt, especially the community garden. People without a yard can rent Continued on next page
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PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE Continued from page 5
“Life has gotten busy. We need a place to slow down and absorb what's around us.” a raised bed and grow whatever suits their fancy. The ability for people to make a connection to the soil — some for the first time ever — creates a sense of community. Today this former limestone quarry has been transformed into an oasis of gently rolling berms, mature trees, water views of various lakes and ponds, and native landscaped areas. Now the scenic park features lush tropical landscaping and truly is a community area. Recreational facilities include walking and biking trails, watercraft and bike rentals, playgrounds,
sporting fields, and picnic pavilions. Theme gardens include community plots, fragrance, water, rose, wildflowers, and succulents near a charming wedding gazebo. And now, the effort will continue with the unveiling of an approved expanded master plan for the Botanic Garden that includes sustainable practices and habitat restoration. A Commmunity Park
Sue credits her keen interest in the local environment to an interpretive walk with
John Kiseda, a long-time Lee County Parks and Recreation specialist. John has shown thousands of residents and visitors the spiritual side of nature during his unique programs. “He showed us a game that illustrated the importance of plants,” she recalled. “They alone have the ability to change the magic of the sun into food. I have since become passionate about this garden.” Sue decided to turn her interest in gardening into action and joined the Lakes Park Botanic Garden Committee which involves meetings, coordinating with county staff and fund-raising. Sue is excited about her growing venture. “I'm not the sort to sit around. It adds a huge dimension to my life,” she said. “To have something important to do, it can’t be measured. It’s a way for me and others to leave a legacy for our community – to have things grow in an area that needs it.” Sue is joined by many professionals and volunteers who are committed to making this dream of a Botanic Garden a reality. L-R: Marsha Asp, VP of Board and Public Relations; Dick McConville, long-time Botanic Garden volunteer (who installed the original succulent garden), Sue Moore, Shell Point resident and Chair of the Lakes Park Botanic Garden Committee; Wes Higgins, Botanic Garden Chairman; and Christine Bailey, Senior Supervisor of Lakes Park.
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National Public Gardens Day Friday May 11 National Public Gardens Day
A Public Celebration Friday, May 11 5:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lakes Regional Park will be hosting a variety of activities in the park’s gardens in celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, from 5:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lakes Park will be joining more than 500 public gardens in the nationwide celebration. May 11 was officially designated “National Public Gardens Day in Lakes Park” by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. The public is urged to come and see the beauty of the gardens as well as participate in the planned events and activities. “A variety of activities and programs will be held throughout the morning to showcase the park’s many special features,” said Sue. “Many people have a limited understanding of Lakes Park and may not realize the park’s importance to our local natural environment or all the benefits the park has to offer.” “The purpose of this event is to give the public a view of the present gardens as well as the future plans,” said Wesley Higgins, chairman of the Botanic Garden Committee. “It also emphasizes the importance of plants in our daily lives.”
Garden Day Events at Lakes Park, May 11 5:45 a.m. ...............Gates open Dawn .....................Be witness to the early morning “Fly Out” as Lakes Park is home to more than 4,000 roosting birds. At dawn, the sky above the park comes alive as all of the birds leave their nests en mass including white ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets, tricolor herons, anhingas, cormorants, brown pelicans, great blue herons, cattle egrets, and many more. Meet at the Marina near the Train Station for this amazing spectacle. 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. ...Continental breakfast, cookies, water, and lemonade will be available for sale at the Tahinihatchee Lodge. 8:00 a.m. ..............Bird Walk led by Vince McGrath, well-known local birder and member of the Lee County Bird Patrol. 8:45 a.m.................Reading of the official proclamation from Lee County Commission. 11:00 a.m..............A Grave Injustice presented by author Prudy Taylor Board followed by book signing.
Demonstrations 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......ECHO volunteers show and sell plants for subsistence farming 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Container Garden with Pizzazz – Demo by Debra Gallagher of Blue Tango Tropicals 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Flower arranging by various designers 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Sunmans Nursery & Landscaping on growing succulents 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......All Native Garden Center focuses on ground covers 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Demonstrations by Southwest Florida Orchid Society 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Demonstrations by Pine Island Garden Club 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Demonstrations by Southwest Florida Bonsai Society 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ......Demonstrations by Rare Fruit Club 10:30 a.m. ..................Rose Gardening in Florida – Demo / Discussion by Ann Wagner 11:30 a.m. ..................Succulents for Florida – Demo / Discussion by Dick McCarville
Meet at white gazebo near Botanic Garden for all tours 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ......Hourly tours of the Botanic Garden 9:30 to 12:30 p.m..............Hourly tours of the Community Garden 9:00 a.m. .............................Special Children’s activity for 4 to 8 year olds 10:00 a.m............................Special Children’s activity for 9 to 12 year olds
Presentations Gather at the Amphitheater 9:15 a.m. ...............Flower Photography – Tips and photo shoot, bring your camera – by Sally Rich (Tellidora) and Mary McCoy (Harbor Court) 10:15 a.m. .............Ranger Becky Wolff – Climate Change in the Florida Environment 11:15 a.m. .............Tips for Photographing Birds by Frank Moore (Lakewood)
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Capturing Colors, Forms, and Behaviors from Sea to Sky BY ROCHE CHERNIAW
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When Dr. Gerald Langberg (Sundial) spots a particularly beautiful bird in a traditional pose, he slides his hand in his pocket, retrieves his Sony Cybershot HX100Vcamera, and waits. Gerald isnâ€™t interested in photographing birds as they appear in bird field guides. Instead, he strives to capture birds exhibiting peculiar or unique behavior patterns. And after many years of field experience, he has amassed an extensive library of exquisite images. Continued on page 10
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gerald developed a love for photography when he was 17 and received a Yashica 35mm film camera as a gift from his father. “My parents were in the Bahamas and my dad thought I would enjoy the camera as well as learning about photography. That was more than 51 years ago, and I was off and running on a lifetime passion!” When Gerald went off to college at Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, he got a Honeywell Pentax H3 35mm and started photographing people, places, and landscapes. A few years later at Temple University School of Dentistry, he became editor of the yearbook and changed the format of photographing the students from formal portraits to candid, natural light pictures. “I captured them while they were working in the lab, looking through a microscope, treating their patients in the clinic, and involved in their other educational activities. Everyone seemed upset with the change – until they got the yearbook.” Gerald has continued to use that style in all of his photography, believing it’s much better to see things as they really are. “Everything I take a photograph of always strives to reveal action or habits.”
After graduating from dental school in 1967, he went to the University of Pennsylvania to get a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. “Photography came in handy in my career as well, since I took before and after photos of my patients.”
Under the Sea Gerald served a total of 14 years in the Air Force, 12 years reserve and two years active duty, before going into private practice in 1972 in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was there that he developed a passion for underwater photography. “I got a Nikonos marine camera. It used film, the flash was about twice the size of the camera, and it was very Continued next page
Sandhill Cranes in Lehigh Acres
Bald Eagles at Shell Point
Eventually, Gerald’s interest in photography took him to new destinations including Antarctica, the Galapagos, and Tanzania. 2009 tica Antarc trip Blue-Eyed Shag Yellow-Billed Albatross
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On the way to Antarctica! This photo was taken in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern-most city in South America.
Better to be lucky than good is what Gerry says about getting great shots. “The sun was in the right spot, the birds were a few branches down from the top where they normally perch — I snapped this while standing below the tree.”
Scarlet Ibis at Lakes Park heavy. Nothing was digital, automatic, or electronic. It was all manual focus, manual everything. You had to use math to figure out the right exposure. Most of the pictures turned out after a while, but it took hours of practice.” While mastering the camera took practice, getting great photos took patience. “I found out that when you sit down and take your fins off near a coral head, the fish will come to you. Cleaner fish will swim inside the mouth of a larger fish to clean the parasites off its teeth. Capturing those types of photos was my forte.” Gerald also enjoyed macro photography, finding the abstract view of marine biology to be the most interesting. “A lot of people don’t realize that marine coral is actually an animal related to a sea anemone. At nighttime, the Continued next page
Gerald went to the Galapagos Islands as part of a National Geographic Expedition.
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Tanzania has one of the best selections of birds in the world, which is what attracted Gerald to that region.
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I learned how to metamorphose my photography from marine subjects to wonders of the earth and sky.” coral animals come out. They secrete calcium carbonate and build a coral reef. They essentially design and build a virtual marine rain forest that becomes a biosphere. It’s like Picasso art under water.” In 1989, Gerald moved to Seattle, Washington, and married Phyllis, a girl he knew since she was 15 years old. Phyllis came to be a vital component to Gerald’s photography. “She is my chief spotter,” he said. “She has a great eye and is always pointing out my next shot.” While in Seattle, Gerald bought his first Canon camera. “Scenic and wildlife photography took on a new meaning. I became inspired. Wide angle and telephoto lenses added additional excitement to my photos.”
Looking Up When Gerald retired and the couple moved to Fort Myers in 1996, he started photographing birds. “I enjoyed fish so much because of their vibrant colors, forms, and behaviors. When I moved here, I had no idea that birds had similar colors, forms, and behavior patterns. As I learned more about birds, I began associating with people
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Great Blue Heron taking flight at Ding Darling
Purple Gallinule at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park
who were interested in the same things. I learned how to metamorphose my photography from marine subjects to wonders of the earth and sky.” He went digital in 2001 with the purchase of a Sony CD camera. “I’m always getting a new toy,” he said. “I have no other vices – I just want toys! My bad habit is a love for new cameras, lenses,
and flashes. I always have a new gadget on my wish list. Fortunately, Phyllis says this is not such a bad habit to have!” Eventually, Gerald’s interest in photography took him to new destinations. He became fascinated by the different flora and fauna all over the world. He has traveled to Africa three times, Antarctica twice, and the Galapagos Islands once. Some of his favorite experiences have been traveling with National Geographic. “Lindblad Expeditions combined efforts with National Geographic to provide expedition trips all over the world. Several professional photographers from National Geographic magazine are aboard to offer leadership, tips, and tricks. They know the history, geology, flora, and fauna of the different locations and can show you how to take great pictures of your surroundings. You also get to learn about people, what they do for a living, their social lives, and more. It is such an in-depth experience.”
Black-Crowned Night Heron at Ding Darling Little Green Heron at Ding Darling
Room with a View In planning for retirement, Gerald and Phyllis came to Shell Point to select a garden apartment and get added to the waiting list. However, when they caught a glimpse of an available unit at Sundial, they were sold. “It was perfect for us. The view was amazing – western exposure, beautiful sunsets, mangroves, an osprey nest by the marina. We just had to have it! We moved in late 2010.” Gerald carries a camera with him everywhere he goes and delights in sharing his photography with others. “For me, it’s only fun if I can give it away and share it. I’m not a fan of competition. My whole life was competitive. I’m so burnt out on competition that I try to stay out of it. My biggest joy and passion in life is being able to take some great pictures and bring them back to share with my neighbors.” One way that he has shared his photos is
Gerald’s Sundial apartment is located directly above the osprey nesting platform on The Island overlooking the canal. He has a camera set up by his window to photograph the birds breeding and nesting there. L-R: Osprey stands in nest with eggs, Osprey sits perched on eggs, Osprey feeding the one-hour old hungry hatchlings.
through The Academy. He recently hosted a Coffee with a Neighbor presentations on the Antarctic, Tanzania, Svalbard, and Iceland. He also gave an in-depth mixed-media presentation on the historic age of explorers, including Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen. He explained, “The reason I love vol-
unteering this way is because it allows me to use my art to share my travels with some who may never have seen these sights and with others who will reminisce with me as they relive their own past travels. If I can make another person smile, I’m happy!” To see more of Gerald’s bird photos, tune into SPTV channel 11 on Wednesday, May 2.
Red-Winged Blackbird at Lakes Park
Cattle Egret Royal Terns
A Loggerhead Shrike catches a grub at The Island garden plots
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“Up there, look on the wire, how many of them? Common or boat-tailed?” “First two, definitely semipalms. What about the third one, a Wilson’s?” “Oh, warbler, ten o’clock, white eye ring. Do you have him?” “Overhead — I make out ten. All turkey or is one a black?” If those comments sound like a foreign language, then you have probably never participated in a bird count. Coordinated by the Audubon Society, groups of birders, people whose hobby is identifying birds, spend one day each December scouring designated neighborhoods all across the United States to collect data on numbers and species of birds in their area. By compiling reports from around the country, ornithological experts are able to detect trends in bird populations. Each December, many Shell Point bird
enthusiasts participate in the official Audubon bird count, as well as a Saturday morning count of birds around the Shell Point community. The bird counting event held at Shell Point is known as the Bud Ryckman Bird Count. Highlights from the Bud Ryckman Bird Count 5:30 a.m. Bill Saunders (Turban) led a group of five people behind Lucina to try and draw out great horned owls using a tape recording. Although two had been seen the week before, the mangroves were silent. The recording of a screech owl, however, elicited answering calls from owls in four different directions! It was a good start to the day. 6:50 a.m. Bill Saunders and Dotty Morrison grabbed a golf cart at Shell Point Golf Club and drove through the morning
fog, just ahead of the first foursome. They saw 32 species and 309 birds in one hour. 8:30 a.m. Teams of birders started the morning count. Two teams covered The Island, while other teams covered Palm Acres, The Woodlands, and Eagles Preserve. 9:30 a.m. A new species in the Shell Point count, the white-winged dove, was added by Terry Halatek (Lucina) and Dotty in Palm Acres. 10:45 a.m. The teams assembled with their counts and compared notes. The exciting totals revealed 53 species for the day, a record matched in only one other year since the count began in 1998. Refreshments were provided by Martha Ryckman (Arbor), who helped her late husband organize the first Shell Point Bud Ryckman bird count.
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Iver Brooks (Lucina) and Terry Halatek (Lucina) were among several Caloosa Bird Club members who participated in the official Audubon Society Bird Count at Bunche Beach.
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The Audubon Society’s Nationwide Bird Count Many residents who counted Shell Point birds during the Bud Ryckman Bird Count also participated in the official Audubon Society bird count in December. They joined other Caloosa Bird Club members to collect data in Lee County, while 2011 BUD RYCKMAN BIRD COUNT PARTICIPANTS birders from around the country Standing (L-R): June Ingraham (Eagles Preserve), collected data in their areas, in a Bill Saunders (Turban), Helen Rockstroh (Turban), Sue Moore (Lakewood), Rich Gordon (Coquina), tradition going back more than Terry Halatek (Lucina), and Dotty Morrison (Cellana). 100 years. Seated (L-R): Connie Tucker, refreshments, (Cameo), Aside from being an interDick Rockstroh (Turban), and esting hobby, there is a larger Carol and Bill Redeker (King’s Crown). purpose to participating in a bird count. According to the Audubon Birdlife has long been seen as an indiSociety, volunteers have been counting cator of the health of the environment. birds for more than 110 years, and their con- Citizen science, the involvement of everytributions represent a tremendously valuable day people in reporting large amounts of resource for learning more about bird behav- environmental data, is increasing the inforior and bird conservation. mation available to scientists in environ-
mental organizations. The Audubon Society and other organizations use data collected during this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. A New Birder Born Every Day It’s still many months until the next Bud Ryckman Bird Count. Fortunately, Shell Point is full of avian wonders for us to enjoy 365 days a year. If you would like to learn more about the birds you’re seeing every day, simply call a resident birder. We absolutely love it when someone says, “I don’t know much about birds, but just the other day I saw…” Strike up a conversation. You never know, you could be a new birder in the making! Shell Point Life | May 2012
All About the Birds Residents Attend â€œLake Oâ€? International Birding Festival B P
A group of Shell Point birding enthusiasts recently took an Academy on the Go educational field trip to Lake Okeechobee. The Shell Point early birds flocked to the bus where they were introduced to their bird experts from Carefree Birding, Ken and Linda Burgener. Ken and Linda rode with the group to Clewiston and gave very informative naturalist talks on both the history of Lake Okeechobee and the bird population they hoped the group would observe throughout the day. Upon arrival at the Lake Okeechobee marina, the group met up with representatives from Hendry County and then boarded three pontoon-style boats. Each boat had an expert or two on board who helped to spot and identify birds as the eager birders cruised into Lake Okeechobee. The group was fortunate to have Shell Point resident bird experts Iver Brook (Lucina) and Dotty Morrison (Cellana) on board as well. Their keen powers of observation came in handy because the birds themselves are experts at trying to not
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be discovered! Their knowledge of where to locate the various bird species made all the difference in bird watching success. Residents returned to the marina through a narrow canal, spotting egrets, gulls, and other shorebirds along the way. Upon arrival, the intrepid birders left the water and traveled to the historic Clewiston Inn for a wonderful buffet lunch. Before embarking on their second destination of the day, residents enjoyed exploring historic artifacts and aspects of the charming inn. The next stop of the day, Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, was old Florida at its finest. The entire area was saturated with ancient live oaks which created a perfect shaded setting and fabulous bird habitat. The group discovered different types of birds at Fisheating Creek from those they found on Lake Okeechobee. This park was home to woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, catbirds and mockingbirds, to name a few. One lesson everyone took home from this trip was that if you stay still in nature long
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Residents hiked through Fisheating Creek in their search for birds. This part of Florida is populated with old oak trees.
enough, you will observe something you never expected and you will feel refreshed by the time you spent in a natural setting. There must be something to that saying, because at the end of the fieldtrip, the number of species seen by the resident birders totaled 46!
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Lunching at the historic Clewiston Inn Snowy Egrets
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Each semester, The Academy offers a wide array of course offerings to meet the varying interests of the active and educated resident population. This month, embrace the opportunity to learn something new or enhance your understanding of a favorite subject. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the desire to keep learning! Coffee With A Neighbor
Nature is the focus for this month’s Coffee With A Neighbor presentations. Nature lovers Frank and Sue Moore (Lakewood) will offer The Birds of Florida on Thursday, May 17. Whenever possible we ask them to share the lovely photos and experiences from their sojourns near and far. Phyllis and Jerry Ingalls (Eagles Preserve) will share what it takes for a trek, and where they like to walk, with their presentation, A Walk In the Woods with Phyllis and Jerry, on Friday, May 25.
Frank Moore (Lakewood) hosts Coffee with a Neighbor on Thursday, May 17 and will give a presentation entitled The Birds of Florida.
for three more lecturers. This time, she will focus on Dutch Masters for three Tuesdays in a row. She will begin on May 8 with Rembrandt, continue on May 15 with Vermeer, and conclude on May 22 with her major subject, Franz Hals. For The Love Of Learning Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain The Anatomy of Words continues on Mondays, beginning May 7. Jackie Ferguson will be offered on Wednesdays, beginning (Rosemont), Harold Greenlee (Coquina), May 9, by Herb Sklar (Eagles Preserve). Intermediate Bridge with Susan Frank Sevier (Harbor Court), and Floyd Jamison (Parkwood) are all on board to help Willoughby begins Wednesday, May 9. We are looking to add facilitated discusthe group focus on exploring the vagaries of sion groups in future semesters. Join Ed the English language. The Arab Spring - One Year Later is a Fulker (Junonia) on Thursdays, May 10 and follow up to the program Professor Adrian 17, for Creating Discussion Groups, as he provides a look at tools and techKerr gave a year ago. He will niques for leading discussion acquaint us with the history that groups. led up to the events of last Professor Adrian Kerr will January. Then he will put the past take us on a journey through year into perspective. This proancient history with a different gram will take place in the focus each Tuesday morning. On Church Auditorium on the May 15 he begins with evening of Monday, May 7, so Marathon and Thermopylae there is room to bring your This month, lecturer and to answer the question – friends and family. art historian Dottie Magen Why do they matter? Art historian and lecturer presents a three-part On May 22 he focuses on Dottie Magen gave us three series on Dutch Master artists Rembrant, Persepolis - The Splendor of lectures last year on Women Ancient Persian Artists. She returns this month Vermeer, and Franz Hals. the
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Ceremonial Capital. On May 29 he will cover The Lost World of Atlantis - Did It Exist? Bill Saunders (Turban) once again offers his popular guided workshop on listening. Join him Thursday, May 24, for an active listening workshop: How to be a Better Listener. Listening is an active skill, meaning you cannot get too much practice! Would you like to be more comfortable in your car? We have all the information you need on Tuesday, May 29, with Carfit. This is an innovative national program designed to make sure your car fits you. Once you register, you will be mailed a time to be in place at The Village Church porte-cochere. It will take approximately 10 minutes to proceed through the “stations.” Legacy Seminar
The focus for the May seminar is Annuities. Come find out if they are a reasonable alter- David Moreland and Jason native for you on Scoggins of UBS Financial Wednesday, May Services guest host a 23. Jason Scoggins Legacy seminar regarding and David Annuities on Wednesday, May 23. Moreland, both vice presidents with UBS Financial Services, and Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, will be our presenters. Academy On The Go
Our educational field trip, Overnight Experience – Learning Adventures in Sarasota, takes advantage of the culture and tropical beauty of Sarasota on Thursday and
Academy On The Go heads north to Sarasota on Friday, May 17, for an overnight experience focused on nature and fine arts. The trip will include a culinary stop at Mattison’s on 41, a relaxing visit to Phillippi Estate Park, dinner and a play at the Manatee Players, and finally a trip to explore the John and Mabel Ringling Museum and Estate. The Ringling Museum of Art houses one of the most outstanding art collections in America. Famous artists are well represented throughout the collection. Right outside, in the Inner Court, is a collection of arranged statuary, fountains, and ancient columns in a setting of a terraced Italian sunken garden with tropical shrubs and flowers.
The Inner Court of The John and Mabel Ringling Art Museum
The Ca' d'Zan Mansion on the Ringling Estate
The Ringling Museum of Art
The museum building is detailed in Italian Renaissance sculpture
two Wednesdays, May 16 and 23. Understanding Your CenturyLink Phone Bill is a hot topic, and one that can save you money. Bruce Findley (Sundial) will take you through your bill on Monday, May 7. Have you tried to purchase an HDTV on your own? Were the sales people helpful? They may not have been as helpful as Bruce Findley (Sundial) will be. Join him on Monday, May 14, for learning the ins and outs of Purchasing Your First HDTV.
Ringling Museum of the American Circus
Friday, May 17 and 18. The first stop is a culinary demonstration and fantastic lunch at Mattison’s on 41. After lunch, stroll through the Phillippi Estate Park. The theater beckons after dinner for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Manatee Players. Then the next day is the Ringling Museums, including the Circus Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Ringling Mansion Ca’d’Zan. The sign up deadline is May 2. Register early to hold your spot!
The beginner level courses in May are taught by Richard Nelson and include Internet Prep School-Basics on Wednesdays, May 9 through 30, and
Technology Today And Tomorrow
T3 focuses on the technology of tablets, telephones, and televisions this month. Tablets are the focus for the workshop: Apple iPad Tablet series that will take place each Thursday in May. Topics will include Why Do I Need One? Got One, Now What? Apps, Apps, Apps! and Passions/Projects. Bruce Findley (Sundial) is our guide for the journey into tablets. Emily Kletzien (Sundial) presents a workshop: Brain Fitness on the iPad on
Bruce Findley (Sundial) will host a class on Monday, May 14, to assist those who may soon be purchasing their first HDTV.
Computer College Prep School on Windows 7 Laptops on Fridays, May 11 through June 1. Level 1 classes include Organize Files for Easy Retrieval on Thursdays, May 3 through 17, with Dean Traxler (Rosemont), Specifications for Buying a New Laptop/Notebook on Monday, May 7, with Jim Plummer (Parkwood), After Prep School Basics on Mondays, May 7 through June 18, with Joe Cramer (Lakewood), and Review and Practice Basic Computer Skills on Tuesdays, May 8 through 29, with Jim Plummer (Parkwood). Level 2 courses are Writing Your Memoirs on a Computer every Tuesday in May with Lucille Peterson (Lakewood) and Marty Gibson (Lakewood), and The Power of Right Clicking Windows 7 on two Thursdays, May 10 and 17, with Dean Traxler (Rosemont). The Level 3 course in May is Computer Graphics Using Print Shop 22 beginning Thursday, May 24, with Wayne Wolfert (Lucina). Please see the brochure for The Academy of Lifelong Learning at either service desk, or go online to www.shellpoint.net for more information, including any fees. Please confirm your class in the Weekly Reminder. In many cases, you can see an interview with the presenter on Shell Point TV, channel 11. I look forward to seeing you in an Academy class soon!
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Connect with the C&MA? There’s an APP for that!
The C&MA is connecting with its members with a new iPhone app. According to president Gary Benedict, “The Alliance is always seeking new ways to use technology to help our people stay connected.”
The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) has increased its ability to stay connected with Alliance members around the world with the launch of its new iPhone app. Designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the app has several features, including access to the latest C&MA news and stories, devotionals (a new one each day), and updated prayer requests. An “About” tab provides a snapshot of the C&MA’s vision and history; it also has a direct link to the full mobile website. “The Alliance is always seeking new ways to use technology to help our people stay connected,” says C&MA President Gary Benedict. “This app offers everything
Alliance people need to get plugged in and up to speed.” “The app shows what’s happening on our twitter page with a real time feed,” adds Sarah Butler, C&MA marketing coordinator. “Contact us through our ‘Contact’ tab. With one push of a button, you can e-mail or call Alliance Life, the C&MA webmaster, or the front desk.” The app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, 4s, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generations), and the iPad. The app requires iOS 5.0 or later. For more information, contact Marvin Harrell, of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, by calling 719-265-2179 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Sunrise Service
During a special sunrise service hosted by The Village Church, nearly 400 Shell Point residents welcomed the dawn of Easter Sunday. Melodic strains of the Celebration Ringers (The Village Church handbells) started the service, and residents took their seats in the amphitheater on The Island. As the first rays of sunlight crept around the horizon, residents joined in celebration through song and scripture readings. Following a special Easter message, senior pastor Ken Nesselroade released beautiful white doves into the morning sky as manatees looked on from the nearby lagoon. The meaningful program closed with a resounding Easter hymn.
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If you like to exercise in the fresh air, The Health Connection has a class for you. If you prefer to get active in the comfort of air conditioning, The Health Connection has you covered there too! There is even a class for those who prefer to exercise at home. This month also offers wellness educational classes that focus on nutrients and eye health. To sign up for a May program, contact either service desk.
Wellness Specialty Classes The Shell Point Walking Outing will take place at Lakes Regional Park on Wednesday, May 9. The walking paths around the large lake are wonderful and the park offers many recreational opportunities. Jim Plummer (Parkwood) and Bob Chamberlin (Royal Bonnet) will use their past walking tour experiences to lead the walk. Each person will choose to walk in one of three groups - the 20-minute route, 40minute route, or 60-minute route. At the end of the walk, everyone will meet for socializing and healthy snacks. The cost for the trip is $5 and court pickups will begin at 8:15 a.m. Beat the heat this summer by joining the Nordic Pole Walking “Insiders.” Session 1 will take place inside The Village Church from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the first and second Mondays and Wednesdays of the month. You can borrow a pair of
Bob Chamberlin (Royal Bonnet) and Jim Plummer (Parkwood) will lead the Shell Point Walking Outing at Lakes Park on Wednesday, May 9.
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Pavilion consultant dietitian; and Linda Rakos, RD, assistant director of Hospitality Services. Dining Out Can Still Be Healthy – How to Make Good Choices will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at 2:15 p.m. in the Social Center. The cost is $5 per person.
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Nordic poles or bring your own. The 45minute class will focus on proper techniques and increase core strength, endurance, and balance. The class fee is $20. Are you a caregiver that is trying to work some exercise into your daily routine? Exercise at Home for Caregivers is the class for you. Jan Locken (Tellidora), certified American Council of Exercise group fitness instructor, will be conductDr. Michael Collins ing this class on May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in will present Customizing the Grand Cypress Room. Learn how exercise at any level can improve your Cataract Surgery to Fit Your Lifestyle on life, as well as the person you care for.
Shell Point as Your Resource
Shell Point is proud to welcome Dr. Michael J. Collins, board certified ophthalmologist and fellowshiptrained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon. He will lead Your Eyes Don’t Have to Act Their Age: Customizing Cataract Surgery to Fit Your Lifestyle on Wednesday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m. in Wednesday, May 30, the Oak Room. He will at 1:00 p.m. explain how advances in cataract surgery can help you obtain the visual freedom you deserve.
Skin: What Type Are You? This popular, hands-on program teaches the dos and don’ts of skin care at home. The Shell Point Fitness team Each participant has their is always studying the newest fitskin professionally analyzed ness trends to keep everyone in by Shell Point esthetician class motivated. This month fitKendal Colosimo with the ness coordinators Melanie Brod use of a special Woods Lamp. and Cheryl Cooper will travel to The May session of this class Orlando for the Aquatic Fitness is currently full, but there is Conference. They will attend sesstill room in the August 3 sions to enhance water-based session. classes such as Fluid Power: Dining Out Can Still Be It’s always fun to go out Healthy - Make Good Choices Stretch and Balance, Strong to eat with family and Legs, and Aquatic Exercise for will take place Wednesday, May 2, at 2:15 p.m. with friends. But do you have Knee Arthritis. Shell Point dieticians Linda that “Why did I do that?” To view a complete list of Rakos and Mary McCormack feeling after indulging? Shell Point group exercise Learn about smart-eating strategies from classes, including aquatic water classes, stop professionals Mary McCormack, RD, by either service desk for a schedule.
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One Couple’s Love of Birding Spans 70 Year Marriage
Birds of a Feather Bill and Carol Redeker of King’s Crown grew up in Elgin, Illinois, a small town about 50 miles west of Chicago. They spent quite a bit of time together while they were growing up, as Bill was good friends with Carol’s brother. Carol, when she was known as Carol Gilbert, recalls hanging out with her brother. “It was the country and I didn’t have a lot of friends, so I did whatever he was doing. The property we lived on had a creek, and we were out there every day – winter or summer – just seeing what we could find.” Bill, also a lover of spending time outside, recalls discovering a fascination for birds at a young age. “I was about six years old when I was looking out the window on a spring day and just wondered what kinds of birds I was seeing with their beautiful colors. My mother helped me look them up in a bird book. From then on, I was hooked!” Two Become One Bill attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, and Carol went to the 22
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University of Colorado. While away at school, Bill learned more than what was taught in his classes. “I decided that the girls in the East weren’t for me,” he laughed. “As soon as I graduated I went after Carol!” The pair got married in 1941. Shortly after, birding became a hobby that Bill and Carol would share for the rest of their lives. Carol said, “In the country I always knew the birds around me. But one of the first years we were married, Bill gave me a pair of binoculars for Christmas and that really did it. I was hooked on birding.” Bill was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 and served in WWII. After he got out, he went to work as a commercial banker – a career he would hold for 45 years. Carol taught in a one-room school house, teaching eight grades of school at one time. The Great Outdoors No matter how busy they were, Bill and Carol always found time to take a family vacation with their two daughters every year. Carol recalled, “We were outdoor people and used to go camping all over the
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country. We would always go to outdoor locations where there were lots of birds.” Bill added, “We camped all the way from Cabo San Lucas to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between. We’ve been birding in Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Ecuador, and many other places across the world.” Carol started filling out a Birder’s Life List and Diary sometime in the 60s and has recorded 615 different birds north of the Rio Grande. “I only catalog the birds I’ve seen in North America,” she said. “Some birders have World Life Lists. We could too, but we just chose not to.” Bill also has a very full Life List. “I’m at 605. Carol has been 10 ahead of me for some time now. I just can’t seem to catch up.” Regardless if it’s 615 birds or 605, they can each remember the specific instances and circumstances of each bird sighting as if they had taken pictures in their minds. Carol recalled the first time she ever saw a Common Yellowthroat. “I was bending down and crawling through a fence to get to the other side, and a Common Yellowthroat
was about two feet in front of my face when I looked up!” The couple uses bird calls as helpful hints when trying to recall the name of a particular species. As Carol warbled a melody of soft throaty garbles, Bill quickly answered, “A Great Crested Flycatcher.” And when spotting a new bird for the first time, they are sure to make note of specific characteristics. Carol explained, “When you observe a bird, you look for defining features so you know what you are looking for when you go to find it in the bird book. You pay attention to color, size, habitat, eye stripes, beak shape, and geographic range.”
Bill and Carol Redeker have shared the joy of birding for more than 70 years, recording more than 600 birds in their individual Life Lists.
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Snowy Egret Fun in the Sun In addition to their camping vacations, the family would spend Easter vacations on Fort Myers Beach. “There are all kinds of birds on the beach,” said Bill. “When we started coming to Florida in 1952, Shell Point didn’t even exist!” Carol added, “There wasn’t even a bridge to Sanibel. We had to take the ferry over.” After a few years of renting cottages on the beach, Bill and Carol built a house there. “While I was still working, we had a realtor rent it out to let tenants pay the rent,” said Bill. “When I retired in 1987, we started staying at the house during the winters.” Bill and Carol enjoyed attending the monthly meetings of the Caloosa Bird Club and went on a number of their organized birdwatching trips. “We had a field trip every Monday from November through March,” said Carol. “We’ve been all the way over to Cape Canaveral, Wakulla Springs, and Everglades National Park. They even had a trip to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. We’ve been members of that club since 1984. In fact, we are the oldest continuous members!” Throughout their years of vacationing in Southwest Florida, they actually saw Shell Point come to life. “We saw it being built,” said Carol. “We always passed it on our way to Sanibel. Then we began stopping by to eat in the Crystal Dining Room. And then one day, we just realized we were tired of outdoor work and maintenance. We couldn’t do it anymore, so we decided we better get out of there.”
Recharged in Retirement Bill and Carol moved to Shell Point in 2000. They lived in Turban for 10 and a half years and now live at King’s Crown. “I love it here,” Carol smiled. “I don’t have to cook anymore! It’s a great thing, because we really don’t have any spare time. There are so many activities offered that we do something every day.” Bill, at 93 years old, stays busy as a member of the photo club and he takes computer classes. Meanwhile, 95-year-old Carol enjoys knitting for Knitters Anonymous and occasionally attending Academy classes. The couple also attends a daily exercise class and hits the pool on a regular basis. “We haven’t wasted much time in our lives!” shared Bill. And while they don’t spend much time birding anymore due to logistical limitations, they did recently lead a birding excursion to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. “In March we led a group of King’s Crown and Arbor residents on a tour through Ding Darling along with the help of Iver Brook of Lucina,” said Carol.
Bill expressed, “Birders come from all over the country to see what lands on Sanibel. If you catch it at the right time of year you will see some birds you’ve never seen before.” Carol agreed, “The Lighthouse Beach is a great place to go birding. I saw a Swainson’s Warbler there. I had never seen one of those before.” Even if Bill and Carol don’t get out to experience birding as much as they used to, they catch some interesting sights right out of their window at King’s Crown. “We’ve seen Bald Eagles, Mockingbirds, Osprey, Eurasian Collared Doves, and more. In fact, there goes a Fish Crow,” Bill said without turning around to look at the bird that was flying by the window. Bill and Carol will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary in July. “We still speak too!” Bill laughed. “I think we get along quite well together,” Carol added. Shell Point Life | May 2012
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President Peter Dys congratulated Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident support services, and Steve Minniear, VP of healthcare services on the successful grand opening of The Springs Assisted Living at Shell Point.
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ing facility, which made the conversion process much easier to accomplish,” said Bob of Shell Point Boulevard and McGregor Southern, assistant to the president for projBoulevard closed its doors and Wright ect development. “There were a number of Construction immediately implemented a smaller items to be renovated throughout the renovation process to turn the hotel into building, but the most significant project was Shell Point’s third assisted living facility – the creation of the kitchen and dining room, and all the support services required for that The Springs. “The building, designed and constructed portion of the renovation.” The renovation process also included the as a hotel, works very well as an assisted livcreation of additional common meeting spaces and offices, as well Mr. Sieberkrob, Mrs. Carmody, Mrs. Kray, Mrs. as targeted renovations in guest Moore, Mrs. Schroeder, and Mr. Petriella joined in celebrating the opening of The Springs. rooms. Bob explained, “The building was almost exclusively outfitted with bathtubs. The needs of an assisted living facility required that most of the tubs be converted to showers. That conversion process went well and now almost all the rooms have new, attractive, resident-friendly showers.” New recreation rooms include a cinema, arts and crafts studio, 24
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game parlor, and other amenities to promote an active lifestyle. The overall cost of the project was $2 million, and the facility now has 105 units ready for occupancy.
Seal of Approval From start to finish, the renovations took four months to complete; and then the inspection process began. Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident support services, reported, “The Springs passed all final inspections with the Lee County Building Dept., The Lee County Health Dept., and the IonaMcGregor Fire Dept. And on April 2, 2012, The Springs successfully completed the final hurdle by passing the licensing inspection by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Residents were able to start moving into their new homes shortly thereafter.” President Peter Dys said, “The Springs provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to receive the care, service, and support that is needed in order to help them live with the Continued at top of next page
greatest level of independence and dignity that their health will allow. In addition to the presence of 24-hour on-site nursing and concierge services, The Springs residents enjoy a great dining experience with wholesome meals of dietary delight that serve to improve socialization. In addition, scheduled activities stimulate the mind and enhance physical strength, and when coupled with housekeeping and support staff assistance, residents enjoy greater security, support, and independence.”
Shell Point management staff and members of the Wright Construction team participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Guests from Senior Home Care enjoyed light refreshments in The Springs dining room following the ribbon cutting and tours.
Important Decision Rita added, “A decision to utilize assisted living is a decision made by ‘choice’ versus ‘need,’ which is most often associated with a move toward skilled nursing care. As such, those considering residency in assisted living should ask themselves if their quality of life can be enhanced by living in this type of facility. If, in fact, the services, healthcare support, delightful dining, socializing, and other security provided by the facility enhances their quality of life, they should start the move in process in order to sustain their independence and dignity. Our experience indicates that making such a choice to enjoy this type of lifestyle ensures longer health and independence in a setting that supports the highest quality of life possible.”
Peter Dys delivered a meaningful message as he welcomed guests to The Springs’ grand opening event.
Tea & Tour Learn More About Assisted Living Are you interested in learning more about assisted living? As the King’s Crown and Arbor assisted living facilities welcome the spring season with open arms they invite you to join them for a tea and tour to learn more about assisted living and planning for your future. Put your curiosity to rest as Rita Southern, director of assisted living,
answers all your questions such as: What is assisted living? When is the right time to move into assisted living? What costs should I be aware of? How do I access this service? These informative Tea and Tour events will take place at both the King’s Crown and The Arbor. Space is limited, so call now to make your reservations.
Coming Next Month
CHOOSE YOUR TEA & TOUR The Arbor Monday, June 18 • 9 a.m. For reservations call: 454-2077
King’s Crown Wednesday, June 20 • 10 a.m. For reservations call: 454-2077 Space is limited, call to reserve your seat. Shell Point Life | May 2012
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Thursday, May 3 1:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Some of the most exciting features of the Apple tablet and smart phone are the many apps available at little or no cost from the App Store. Learn how to find Apps, catalog them, and enjoy them. Some of the Mac Users will share their favorites. Bring yours along and join in the fun.
Shell Point Market Place
Friday, May 4,11,18,25 11,18,25 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Administration Circle/IS Support our local vendors who bring quality items to the Market Place each week, including handcrafted soaps, stunning floral arrangements, fresh eggs, ripe produce, and other goodies. Be sure to stop by on the last Friday of each month to see new items from Just Jewelry and Miche Bags.
“In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger.” – Kobayashi Issa
Alliance for the Arts Opening Reception — Sculpture: An Invitational Exhibit
Friday, May 4 4:00 p.m. Island pickup 4:10 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 7:15 p.m. approximate return Cost: $12 Sculptors from near and far have been invited to display their creations as part of this new exhibit at the Alliance for the Arts. During the opening reception, residents will enjoy talking with the sculptors and art lovers alike. Refreshments will be served.
Traders Café Lunch Outing on Sanibel
Monday, May 7 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: $7 (lunch on your own) Traders Café and Store is one of Southwest Florida’s best kept secrets. Known for their island atmosphere, fabulous breads, succulent meals, and decadent desserts, Traders has won a spot in the hearts of many Shell Point residents. The attached emporium will be a lot of fun to browse through following lunch. Their lunch entrees typically run from $8 to $15.
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Piano Prodigy Noah Waddell in Concert
Monday, May 7 1:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL At just 10 years old, this pianist surely has an impressive resume! He competed at the 2010 Bach Festival and won the Youngest Grand Prize, took first place at the SWFL Symphony Awards, and more. Come experience an impressive afternoon of fine music, including selections from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy. Photo by David Pavey
“Off to the Beach” 2012 Photo Show winner Travel – First place
Thursday, May 10 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS This season wrap-up meeting will be an opportunity to show and discuss the winners of the 2012 Photo Show and Contest. Hear the comments made by the outside judges about the three winners in each category. We will also accept suggestions for next year’s speakers and instructional topics.
Thursday, May 10 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $16 (ice cream on your own) It is time again to head to the beach! This popular monthly outing will take you to Delnor Wiggins State Park beach, or as the beach day regulars call it, “our beach.” Bring your own beach supplies Shell Point will provide drinks and a picnic lunch. A stop for ice cream at the Royal Scoop will be included on the return trip.
Veterans’ Club Welcomes Bryan Moon
Friday, May 11 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Bryan Moon, co-founder of MIA Hunters Inc., the top MIA search group in the USA, will be the guest speaker for the May meeting. Bryan has led 28 search missions to both European and Pacific WWII war areas. He recently was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, is an elected member of UK Society of Aviation Artists, and a member of the US Society of Aviation Artists. He was also the corporate vice president of Northwest Airlines for 19 years.
Organ Concert with Ned Spain
Friday, May 11 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Woodlands Commons/WDL Ned Spain, a native of Troy, New York, plays concerts on a national level and appears regularly at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, New York. A life-long business man, Ned is a former Steinway Piano and Hammond Organ dealer. Join him as he brings his talent and passion for organ playing to Shell Point for two special performances. Each show will include Broadway hits, hymns, patriotic medleys, and classical selections.
Saturday, May 12 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Don’t miss your chance to help plan the Fall Academy T3 class schedule! Bring your ideas and suggestions for T3 classes that you would like to see offered in the fall. Bruce Findley (Sundial) will facilitate the session.
Saturday DVD: War Horse (2012)
Saturday, May 12 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL From legendary director, Stephen Spielberg comes a tale of incredible loyalty, hope and tenacity. Set in the World War I era, this heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by war, Joey’s extraordinary journey is followed as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets.
Sanibel Olive Oil Tasting
Monday, May 14 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS Delight your palette and expand your sensation horizons at this complementary product tasting, including flavored oils such as white truffle and garlic, lemon, chipotle, rosemary, and many more. Tasting options will also include flavored balsamic vinegars. Full bottles will be available for purchase following the presentation. Seating is limited.
Computer Club: Computer Basics Part 4
Thursday, May 17 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Mike Peterson of Computer Medics will conclude his four-part series on Computer Basics with information on how to maintain your computer. He will discuss topics such as anti-virus, anti-malware, defragmenting, auto updates, removing unwanted programs, and backing up your files. Door prizes will be included.
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Sunday Matinee Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Sunday, May 20 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL This movie, starring Cary Grant and Josephine Hull, tells the story of two sweet old ladies who solve the problem of lonely old men by poisoning them and keeping their bodies in the basement. This greatly surprises the nephew who can not understand their logic.
Tuesday, May 22 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Albert Myers of Junonia will review Albion’s Seed, Four British Folkways in America. The book details the folkways of four groups of people that emigrated from distinct regions of England to America. It shows that the culture of each of the groups persisted and that these cultures provide the basis for the modern United States. Refreshments will be served.
Tootie Fruity Pool Party!
Tuesday, May 22 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Island Pool/IS There is no better way to beat the heat and enjoy the company of friends than at a fruitthemed, fun pool party. Join us for Banana Bingo, Name that Fruit, and some complimentary delicious sorbet served in a real fruit shell. The most outrageous fruit-inspired pool outfit will win the grand prize!
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Captain Bob’s Smokin’ to Go. No purchase is required to attend the country concert. Those who choose to purchase a boxed lunch will receive their choice of meat, baked beans, chips, and a soft drink. The full rack of baby back ribs is a la carte.
Library Book Talk
A Day at the Shell Factory and Nature Park
Wednesday, May 23 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $17 (lunch on your own) The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, is celebrating 75 years of Florida fun! The unique attraction is much more than a retail paradise of shells. This outing will afford residents the opportunity to explore numerous areas of interest at this multi-faceted destination. For example, the nature park has more than 350 live animals in their natural habitats. For the brave, they have their own eco lab and touch center where you can get up close and personal with a variety of creatures. You will see everything from alligators and snakes to a newly-born pair of baby goats at the petting farm. Lunch will be at the Captain Fishbones restaurant right on sight where a good and reasonably-priced lunch can always be found. A trip to The Shell Factory is always a fun day.
Smokin’ BBQ and Country Hits
Thursday, May 24 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunches: Pulled Pork or Chicken Thighs ($10 per person) Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs ($20) Admin. Courtyard/IS Enjoy the twang of country music while eating a delicious lunch of slow smoked pork, chicken thighs, or baby back ribs from
Gulf Coast Town Center: Saturday Shopping at its Best
Saturday, May 26 9:30 a.m. Island pickup 9:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $8 (snacks or lunch on your own) Location: Estero There is always someplace new to discover at the Gulf Coast Town Center! Discount stores like Marshalls and the Dollar Store exist right alongside more upscale boutiques, such as Giacomo Battaglia. Dining options for lunch seem endless with restaurants such as Carrabbas, Red Robin, and P.F. Chang’s. Sign up today to explore Gulf Coast Town Center with your Shell Point friends and neighbors.
Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)
Special event bus will be running
Movie Night: I Remember Mama (1948)
Celebrate Memorial Day with the Live Wires
Monday, May 28 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS The Live Wires are back to perform patriotic favorites, including requests, while you dine in a festive atmosphere. With delicious classics such as BBQ spare ribs, carved roast beef, broiled flounder, hot dogs and burgers, and extensive cold salads, you are sure to enjoy this delightful holiday gathering. The price is only $14.95 and includes a red, white, and blue dessert buffet!
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Tuesday, May 29 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS This charming film about the life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget. Mama didn’t leave the Old Country and move into the Larkin Street house to become rich. She left because all her siblings and in-laws were already settling down in the United States. Family was where Mama always fit best - right in the heart of things. I Remember Mama stars Irene Dunne (Mama), Barbara Bel Geddes (Katrin), and Cedric Hardwicke (Mr. Hyde).
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Dine Out Tonight at Stillwater Grille
Wednesday, May 30 4:30 p.m. Island pickup 4:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 7:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (dinner on your own) At Stillwater Grille on McGregor Blvd., they believe in serving the freshest allnatural foods available. They exclusively use extra virgin olive oil in their recipes and real butter (no margarine) and use all-natural and organic ingredients whenever possible, because they believe that the freshest natural foods make the best tasting foods. Good, clean, gourmet food is their passion, and perhaps our good fortune. Their menu is delightfully varied and entrée selections range from $10 to $40, with some interesting early bird specials too.
HURRICANE SEMINAR Friday, June 1 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
If you find yourself looking for a new card game to play this summer, why not learn Canasta? Canasta was originally conceived in 1939 by an attorney from Montevideo, Uruguay named Segundo Santos. A devoted bridge player, Segundo was looking for another game to help distract him from his obsession with bridge. He got together with his friend and Canasta was born. It soon became the most popular game in Montevideo, then up the coastline of Uruguay. Tourists from other countries learned the game and took it back to their native lands. Interested in learning this fun game? Come join us! The game of Canasta is traditionally played with two 52 card decks plus 4 jokers, and we’d love to teach you how to play. Our advanced players might even share their tips and tricks for winning. If you played a long time ago, there are new rules which can be adapted easily. Stop by the Game Room at the Woodlands on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Proper planning is essential for a safe and successful evacuation. Attend the hurricane seminar to learn about the steps Shell Point will take in the event of a hurricane. As a general rule, all items intended for use in the shelter must be labeled with your name and court. Proper identification of all items will allow for an expedient and organized set up of the shelter. It will also ensure that all items are returned to their proper owners. After the storm passes, and once everyone is cleared to leave the shelter, you should take all medications, oxygen supplies,
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Mark Your Calendar Hurricane Meeting Friday, June 1 Church Auditorium 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. keys, flashlights, and your purse or wallet with you when you leave the shelter. Please contact your court representative with any questions.
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KING’S CROWN Tue .... 1 ....Shopping Trip to Wal-Mart (L).......................... 9:00 a.m. Tue .... 1 ....May Birthdays with Vicki Lei (COM) .............. 1:30 p.m. Thu .. 3 ....New Release Movie: Joyful Noise........................ 2:00 p.m. Fri...... 4 ....Sunset/Full Moon Pizza Party at the Sanibel Causeway (L) ...................... 5:30 p.m. Sat ....5......Music w/ Leslie Gregory (DR) ..........................12:00 p.m. Sat .... 5 ....Kentucky Derby (GS) ........................................ 3:00 p.m.
Tue ....1 ....May Birthdays w/ Vicki Lei (CMR) ....................3:00 p.m. Fri ......4 ....Sunset Pizza Party at Causeway (1FL)..................5:45 p.m. Sat ....5 ....Kentucky Derby (1SR)..........................................3:00 p.m. Mon ..7 ....Mexican Fiesta (DR)........................................11-1:00 p.m. Mon ..7 ....Speaker Series: Allergies (CMR)..........................1:30 p.m. Tue ....8 ....Stir Fry Night at The Crystal (1FL) ....................4:00 p.m. Wed ..9 ....Tunes w/ The Nolen’s (CMR)..............................3:00 p.m. Thu ..10....Happy Laughers (CMR)......................................10:30 a.m. Thu ..10....Dot Whiteman and Special Guests (MEZ) ........6:30 p.m. Sat ....12....Documentary: Waiting for Superman (1SR) ........2:15 p.m. Sun ..13....Mother’s Day Celebration (DR) ....................11-1:00 p.m. Mon..14....Community Thrift Store (1FL) ............................9:00 a.m. Mon..14....Musical Family (CMR)..........................................2:00 p.m. Tue....15....Design a Summer Tote (4CR) ..............................2:30 p.m. Wed..16....Frozen Treats & Fresh Air (Gazebo) ....................1:00 p.m. Thu ..17....Discussion Group: Wired Distractions (3DR) ....3:00 p.m. Fri ....18....History of Coca-Cola (1SR) ................................3:00 p.m. Mon..21....Lunch Outing: Grandma Dots (1FL) ................10:15 a.m. Tue....22....Banana Splits (DR) ..........................................11-1:00 p.m. Tue....22....Randy Woods & Bobbie Greer (CMR) ..............1:30 p.m. Wed..23....Leslie Gregory (DR) ..............................................4:30 p.m. Fri ....25....Pavilion New Addition Tour (1FL) ....................1:45 p.m. Sat ....26....New Release Movie: Joyful Noise (1SR) ..............7:00 p.m. Mon..28....Memorial Day Celebration (DR)....................11-1:00 p.m. Wed..30....Jean Packard Trio (CMR) ....................................3:00 p.m.
Sun.... 6 ....Mexican Fiesta Bar (DR)................................11-1:00 p.m. Mon .. 7 ....Sing Along w/ Canterbury Pre-K (COM) ........10:00 a.m. Tue .... 8 ....Stir Fry Night at the Crystal (GS) .................... 4:00 p.m. Tue .... 8 ....Tunes w/ The Nolen’s (COM) .......................... 2:00 p.m. Thu ..10 ....Tour of the Pavilion New Addition (L) ............ 2:00 p.m. Fri ....11 ....Decorate a Summer Tote Bag (COM) ..............10:00 a.m. Sun ..13 ....Mother’s Day Buffet (DR) ..............................11-1:00 p.m. Mon..14 ....Tour of the Shell Point Salon (GS) .................. 3:00 p.m. Thu ..17 ....Randy Woods & Bobbie Greer Sing Along (COM) .................................... 1:30 p.m. Fri ....18 ....Documentary: Waiting For Superman (SCR).... 2:00 p.m.
Thu ..3 .... Resident Council Meeting (3 DR).................... 10:00 a.m. Thu ..3 .... Birthday Bash (2/3 DR) ...................................... 2:30 p.m. Thu ..10.... Side by Side (2 DR) ............................................ 2:30 p.m. Sun ..13.... Mother’s Day Luncheon (MDR)...................... 11:00 a.m. Thu ..17.... Bruce Heacock (3 DR)...................................... 10:00 a.m. Sat....19.... Tom Cannon (2 DR) ........................................ 2:30 p.m. Thu ..24.... Glamour Girls (2/3 DR) .............................. 1:30/2:30 p.m. Mon 28.... Memorial Day Luncheon (MDR) .................... 11:00 a.m. Thu ..31.... Johnny Johnson (3 DR)...................................... 2:30 p.m. Recurring Activities Bible Study – Mon. at 9:30 a.m. (FL 3) Bible Stories and Songs w/ Bud – Tues. at 3:00 p.m. (FL 3)
Sat ....19 ....Music Fun w/ Tom Cannon (COM).................. 3:00 p.m.
Catholic Communion – Sun. in residents’ rooms at 10:00 a.m.
Mon..21 ....Lunch Trip to Grandma Dot’s (L) ....................10:45 a.m.
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Tue....22 ....Banana Splits made to order (DR) ................11-1:00 p.m.
Pet Therapy w/ Eli – Wed. at 2:30 (2nd fl) / 3:00 p.m. (FL 3)
Thu ..24 ....Oldies but Goodies w/ Jean Packard Trio (COM) .......................... 2:00 p.m.
Pet Therapy w/ Sammie – Fri. at 10:00 a.m. (FL 3) / 10:30 a.m. (FL 2)
Mon..28 ....Memorial Day Celebration (DR) ..................11-1:00 p.m. Thu ..31 ....Musical Family (COM) ...................................... 2:00 p.m. 30
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Vespers – Sun. at 2:45 p.m. (FL 3) Mon. at 3:45 p.m. (FL 2) Wed. at 3:45 p.m. (FL 2)
SUPPORT GROUPS Cancer Support Program 1-on-1 mentoring The goal of this resident-led program is to establish group mentoring connections between newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433–9488.
Cancer Support Group Wednesday, May 2 1:30 p.m. Osprey Room/ IS Ladies and gentlemen are all encouraged to attend the resident-led Cancer Support Group. The intent is for a meaningful and uplifting session. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433-9488 or Don Wilson (Turban) at 466-3953.
Diabetes Group Appointment
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Friday, May 4 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin and non-insulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.
Wednesday, May 16 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL This group provides support and education opportunities for those dealing with Neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769 or Melvin Bleiberg (Eagles Preserve) at 693-3016.
Healing Journey Grief Support Healing Journey is a series of sessions which examine the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of grief. Although Healing Journey is on hiatus until the fall, Dotty Morrison (Cellana) and Judy Mayers (Junonia) are available to meet with anyone who wishes to talk about grief issues. Call Dotty at 3374015 to make an appointment.
Masked Marvels Sleep Apnea Group The purpose of this group is to bring awareness and support to those dealing with the challenges of sleep apnea. Contact Larry Chrouch (Eagles Preserve) at 481-7188.
Caregiver Support Group Therapy
Memory Therapy Group
Tuesday, May 1 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This therapeutic group is aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. The resident with a memory disorder may be cared for in independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing. Contact Mardee Lader at 415-5435.
Tuesday, May 1 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This group aims to provide information on memory loss and changes, identify strategies and external memory aids that would help one manage better, address long-range planning, and provide an opportunity for support and socialization. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, group facilitator, can be reached at 454-2073.
Parkinson’s Support Group Monday, May 7 at 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This group provides support to Parkinson’s patients, as well as their family and friends.
The Vision Enrichment Group Tuesday, May 8 in the Social Center/IS This group led by Florence Putnam (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Angie Prichard at 4542134 or Sandee Weber at 225-2929. All are welcome to attend.
Walk With Me Caregiver Support Group Thursday, May 24 Coffee and dessert at 1:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:45 p.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS Attend the Walk With Me Support Group to share your caregiver experiences with friends. Each meeting offers the opportunity to embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354 for more information.
Celebrating the Journey National Nursing Home Week Observed May 13 through 19 B
The American Healthcare Association announced that Celebrating the Journey is the theme for National Nursing Home Week 2012. Beginning on Mother’s Day, May 13, and continuing through May 19, the Larsen Pavilion and other skilled nursing care centers throughout the nation will plan events to honor the lives and milestones of the people we care for and the staff who serve them. Celebrating the Journey reminds us that every life should be honored, every life’s story needs to be told, and that every day we
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have the chance to begin writing a new chapter. Whether the day is filled with comedy or drama, nursing home residents and caregivers are co-authors and leading characters in each other’s life stories. Today is about living life to the fullest, regardless of age, infirmity, or disability. There is no fixed formula to follow nor a guide to the process, just the quiet routines of daily caregiving, meals, activities, and visits from family and friends. Our goal is to ensure that each resident feels satisfied at the end of each day that the
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staff has cared about them as a person – not just as a patient, but as someone with stories to share and new chapters yet to write. That’s because tomorrow the journey begins anew and we travel together. The monarch butterfly, an icon for this year’s celebration, is an intrepid traveler if ever there was one. It symbolizes Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous sentiment that “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Together, let us watch the butterflies flutter by, listen to the wind chimes and enjoy our journey of life! Shell Point Life | May 2012
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needed, but I also have benefitted from learning about the lifetime of experiences that many of the residents have shared with me by passing on their knowledge.” When responding to the call of duty, Tony keeps an open mind. “I have never considered myself to have a specific title any more than I considered myself to have one boss, or one particular job assignment. If called to help, I go where needed. I consider the person who called to be in charge and I am there to assist.” Tony Sprehe recalls sitting at the intersection of San Carlos and Summerlin on March 23, 1987, waiting for the light to change. “I was on my way to apply for a maintenance position at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. The help wanted section of the paper was on the seat next to me and I just happened to see an ad for a maintenance man at Shell Point. I had driven by the community many times on my way to Sanibel, and had even seen it a few times from a friend’s boat, but I always wondered what was at the end of that long stretch of road.” Instead of continuing on to the Holiday Inn, Tony went straight to Shell Point where he was greeted by Bill Newland, interviewed on the spot, and hired within a matter of minutes. “After several weeks of working at King’s Crown, I was called into the office and told that I was appreciated. I loved the job so much that there was nothing I wouldn’t do for the workers and residents of Shell Point.” Steadfast Service
For almost 18 years, Tony worked a schedule where Wednesdays and Thursdays were his days off. Yet, even on his days off, he found a way to work at Shell Point. “I got my chauffeur license and drove the bus for activities or the medical center on my days off. I went on many bus trips where the bus driver also had to be the cook. We had a lot of fun!” Over the years, he has learned a lot from his fellow staff members and the residents. “I have access to skilled staff that help when 32
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After 25 years of employment, Tony still finds satisfaction in his career. “My job is fulfilling because I like to fix things, I like working with people who are making transitions through life that are challenging for them, I like to help people settle in, and I like listening to people’s needs so I can meet them when possible. Working with people from all walks of life gives me the variety that keeps the job from becoming routine,” he said. “I see now the results of going to any length to help someone live the life they deserve. It is very rewarding to meet
Tony is a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club,. “I own a 1947 Mercury, and two 1956 Johnson outboards that I intend to get running someday. I am collecting now while motors and parts are still easy to find. I want to be able to accumulate enough things to keep me busy after I retire!” Tony also enjoys traveling. Last year, Tony and his brother visited Yellowstone National Park, Devil’s Tower, Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, and many places in between. He also likes taking day trips in Florida. “I recently spent the weekend in Mt. Dora the annual wood boat show and swap meet. I saw the mail boat and the Thayer IV from the movie On Golden Pond restored and cruising the lake. The mail boat had spent time stored outside where moisture caused damage. It was amazing to see something that old completely restored to look like new.” At the swap meet, Tony purchased an aluminum 7UP picnic cooler from the 50s. It brought back a sense of nostalgia from his days visiting his cousins in the suburbs of St. Louis as a little boy. “We lay on our backs in the yard and watched a biplane skywrite
“Tony has set a standard over the years in how we welcome a new resident to assisted living.” -Rita Southern sons, daughters, and other relatives who are now living at Shell Point because they saw how well we cared for their loved ones.” Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident support services, said, “Tony has set a standard over the years in how we welcome a new resident to assisted living. He recognizes the stress that a resident is under when they go through a move, and he works diligently to help them get settled in any way that he can. That might mean hanging pictures or adjusting furniture or making sure the TV is in good working order. Tony has mastered the concept of going above and beyond the call of duty-he will stay on top of an issue until it is resolved and all are satisfied. Tony embodies Shell Point’s core values: caring, serving, and satisfying!”
‘7UP’ in big letters in the sky. It was calm, so it stayed in the air for a long time before breaking up. To see that plane loop and dive to make the letter ‘U’ in one pass was more exciting than going to the zoo for someone who had never been to a big city.” A New Assignment
Tony joined the team at The Springs in January as a maintenance technician and is thankful that he made the decision to apply for the job back in 1987. “I found in Shell Point what I needed at a time in my life when I needed some direction. I don’t think that pause at the stop light on the way to the beach was a mere coincidence. I’m on the right path and I am where I need to be at this time in my life.”
Annuities – Are They a Reasonable Alternative for You? BY TIMOTHY STEPHENSON, CHFC,
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Annuities continue to be a popular investment tool, especially in this day of historically low interest rates. But, are they something you should consider or should you avoid them at all cost? What are all of those riders and how do they impact a contract? Annuity experts Jason Scoggins Guest speakers David Moreland and and David Moreland of UBS Financial Services will help us under- Jason Scoggins of UBS Financial Services stand the good, the bad, and the ugly about annuities, why they continue to be followed by time for questions and make their way into our portfolios, and answers. Light refreshments will be what alternatives may be available. served. The seminar is free; however, Please join us for this informative and seating is limited and reservations are timely discussion. required. To reserve your seat, please This 45-minute presentation will contact either service desk.
Are They a Reasonable Alternative for You? Wednesday, May 23 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL PRESENTERS: Jason Scoggins, vice president, and David Moreland, vice president UBS Financial Services and Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC executive director, The Legacy Foundation LS02
FineMark National Bank & Trust Answers Your Personal Banking Questions
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Question: Is paying bills online safe and
simple for someone who isn’t very tech savvy? Answer: While paying bills online may seem a bit foreign to someone who isn’t very tech savvy, you can rest assured that it is a safe and convenient way to make payments. In fact, online banking with bill pay is becoming the preferred method for account holders to pay their bills. Consider the following: 1. Multiple payment options allow you to make payments the way you want. Choose from manual or automatic payments, customizable payment options, and the ability to use multiple-funding accounts and types. 2. The ability to make same-day payments helps avoid late fees and finance
charges. Most online payments can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 3. Online statements and online bill pay are environmentally friendly because they cut down on the use of paper; not to mention money saved on stamps. 4. Online banking is safer than you think. Although there’s a perception that electronic transactions are riskier and leave you exposed to identity theft, the reality is that paper may leave you more vulnerable than a 128-bit encryption. Paper checks touch, on average, between 11 and 18 hands in the payment cycles. And paper bills containing your account information can leave you exposed.
As always, when entering any personal information online, be sure you always use your personal computer. Putting personal information into a public computer, like at the library, could put you at risk. If you have more questions about paying your bills online, or any other banking questions, feel free to stop by FineMark National Bank & Trust on The Island. You can also call us at 461-5999. We are more than happy to help.
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The Administration Courtyard was transformed in to a Parisian Cafe
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Hundreds of Shell Point’s resident volunteers gathered together on March 29 in the Administration Courtyard on The Island to enjoy a glittering outdoor event set in the theme of a Parisian café. Reiko and friends provided classical music throughout the event that honored the dedicated volunteers. An ice sculpture of the Eiffel Tower glimmered in the light as res-
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idents enjoyed chilled beverages, a medley of cheeses, crackers, smoked fish, and even delicious pastries. Each table featured a “menu” that listed every volunteer group. It was a fitting celebration for the people who make our community a better place to live and work – our volunteers.
Eagles Preserve residents Judith Krug, Jean Webber, and Dolores Walkenhorst
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Natalie Gudeman (Cameo) and Bessie and Steve Zaverdinos (Macoma) Reiko and Friends filled the courtyard with classical tunes
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Southwest Florida Symphony & Community Concert Series Make Your Plans for the Upcoming Season BY DIANNE MORTON,
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It’s time to sign up for Sign up Classical Series, or 939-3236 for the Community Concert Series. transportation service to the now! To sign up for transportation call Southwest Florida Symphony Resort Services at 454-2282 or 454-2054. and Community Concert Series at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Bus passes will be issued in the fall. Please consider the following prior to signin Fort Myers. Please note this is sign-up for transportation only. You must purchase con- ing up for transportation: • Walking is involved from the bus to cert tickets on your own by calling either the building. 418-1500 for the Symphony Pops Series and
• There are stairs and an elevator for access to seats located on the upper levels. • The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall does not provide wheelchairs.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013 Saturday, February 2, 2013 Saturday, March 23, 2013 Start time: 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Saturday, January 26, 2013 Saturday, February 9, 2013 Saturday, March 9, 2013 Saturday, April 6, 2013 Start time: 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 24, 2013 Monday, January 28, 2013 Sunday, February 17, 2013 Monday, February 25, 2013 Sunday, March 3, 2013
A Grand Night
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The Shell Point Singers joined with the voices of the Bay Singers of Bonita Bay for a rousing Spring Concert in The Village Church Auditorium in March. With 131 talented singers sharing the stage, their voices blended together in a melodious chorus of popular love songs as they entertained a full house audience.
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A LEGENDARY JOURNEY
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“It was a once in a lifetime experience.” That is the recurring comment made by residents who recently returned from their amazing Shell Point trip around South America. As part of the Celebrity Cruise Lines “Legendary Journey Collection,” the trip offered a more diverse and adventurous experience than a typical cruise vacation and afforded residents opportunities to see sights and share experiences that many of us can not even image. The adventure began in Valparaiso as the group boarded the Infinity. The first stops included Puerto Montt, the Chilean Fjords, and a cruise through the mystical Strait of Magellan. Beautiful vistas and the view of Mount Osorno Volcano were breathtaking. From there, the ship traveled to Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina. Paula Traxler of Rosemont exclaimed “Ushuaia was the last stop before the South Pole and was truly a highlight of the journey.” Richard Gordon from Coquina was completely thrilled to experience the amazing views of wildlife. “We saw three kinds of sea lions and were entertained by the young ones playing in the water. Of course, viewing two different colonies of penguins was a super thrill to see; but, to see many albatross and storm petrels was equally as thrilling,” Russell May from Junonia embarked on the very special 16day journey with his son, Doug. Russell reflected on how the trip made his mind travel back to ele36
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Clockwise from top: A Wild Jay at Iguazu Falls. Guanacos (humpless camels) inhabit the arid and semi-arid habitats of South America. Magellanic Penguins at the Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery in Patagonia where nearly one million of them arrive each year to breed. Imperial Cormorants in the Beagle Channel.
mentary school and the days of learning about South America, its early civilizations, and the explorers. He found one destination to be particularly breathtaking. “Iguazu Falls is truly equal in splendor to the great Victoria Falls in Africa, which is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World,” he said.
Russell and Doug also thoroughly enjoyed their experience in Chile, where they observed the “huasos,” or Chilean cowboys, at work with their sheep dogs and herds. Sheep shearing and lamb processing demonstrations were presented. “There was no electricity at the ranch, so the manner in which they accomplished their ranch chores was just fascinating,” Russell shared. Turban resident Jan Van Laer celebrated a birthday at Cape Horn during the voyage. He spent the day in the company of penguins while cruising through Fjords and beyond. The South America Cruise was, indeed, a “legendary journey” for all who were part of the adventure!
Sunrise at Cape Horn
Iguazu Falls bordering Brazil and Argentina
Scenic view of Ushuaia, the southern most city in South America
Richard Gordon enjoying the view of the Fjords
Richard Gordon, Dean and Paula Traxler, Doug May and father Russel May, Christopher and Susan Riley, and Virginia Duys and Jan VanLear.
Osomo Volcano, Puerto Montt, Chile
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The first year of operation at the Community Thrift Store has proved to be a remarkable success with support from Shell Point residents, employees, and the broader Lee County community. Thus, we are pleased to announce that we have secured a new space to accommodate our growth. Located next door to the original space, the new location is approximately 40 percent larger. Floor Plans
“About half of the additional area acquired will be utilized as the behind-thescenes working room,” explained Community Thrift Store manager Debbie Zeis. “This is a crucial area for any retail operation. It is where many of our volunteers are busy receiving, sorting, pricing, and repairing items to be set out for display and sale.” The additional space will also provide an opportunity to minimize the current process of storing merchandise in various areas on Shell Point property before it is sent to the
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store for sale. The new site will also have rafter storage for seasonal goods and a new computerized volunteer research area. Out on the sales floor, the section of the store devoted to building supplies will also be expanded, allowing for a more comprehensive display of kitchen cabinets, sinks, counter tops, blinds, doors, lighting, fans, fixtures, and more. The section of women’s clothing will also be expanded. Debbie said, “Clothing actually accounts for our third most sold item. Currently, the storage of clothes has monopolized the receiving and storage areas. So we welcome the additional space to grow this area of the store.” Volunteer Service
“We have almost 100 resident volunteers who help us on a regular basis to keep the store running smoothly,” said Debbie. “They are a vital component to the success of the store and we thank them for their dedication. And with the growth of the store, we are looking for new volunteers.
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Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Teri Kollath, manager of volunteer services, at 454-2254.” Coming Soon
The new area is currently undergoing minor repairs and deep cleaning. Once that process is complete, staff will install additional lighting, shelving, and display racks. The plan is to officially open the new store by no later than June 1. A one year anniversary celebration will be held in the new store following the grand opening. Stay tuned for more details!
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Massage the Stress Away Have you ever had a massage that left you feeling disappointed? Or, have you always considered getting a massage but just weren’t sure you would enjoy it? There is no better time than now to give massage a try! We are so confident that you will enjoy your experience that if you are not completely satisfied, we won't charge you! It’s that simple. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, or you get your money back. This is our commitment to you and our demonstration of the confidence we have in the services we provide.
The benefits of massage impact your overall health. Just one massage can help relieve stress, anxiety, pain, and stiffness. You will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. And in the newly renovated Salon & Spa, massages are provided in a spacious, tranquil treatment room. Or, you can choose to receive your beneficial massage in the comfort and convenience of your own home. It’s up to you! To schedule a massage or to learn more, please contact the Salon & Spa by calling 489-8400.
Massage Therapist Marianne Dabinett
Specials for Mother’s Day Gift certificate $
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Good to use for any hair care, nail care, skin care, or massage service.
If you are searching for a little something to get that special woman in your life, or perhaps you are looking for a way to treat yourself, consider getting a gift certificate to the Shell Point Salon & Spa. In honor of Mother’s Day, everyone who purchases a $100 gift certificate this month to the Shell Point Salon & Spa will receive an additional $10 gift certificate!
Time to be Pampered…
Mother’s Day Spa package european facial, Massage, Shampoo & Style, and Manicure This delightful spa package begins with a relaxing half-hour Swedish massage to soothe tired muscles. Next is the classic European facial to pamper and rejuvenate the skin. The experience continues with an energizing tea tree shampoo, finished off with a personal style. The spa day is concluded with a classic manicure, resulting in beautiful nails and soft hands that are ready for someone to hold. This Mother’s Day Spa Package is available for just $150! Shell Point Life | May 2012
Shell Point Golf Club Audubon Certifications and Naturalization is maintained, how landscaping With the March sun shincoincides with golf course mainteing brightly, the machinnance, and how a strong priority is ery cleaned to a sparkle, and given to protecting and enhancing the Shell Point golf course the surrounding environment of the in pristine shape, golf course golf course. superintendent Mark Jacobs At the maintenance facility, led residents and guests on a Mark and crew leader John Sutton superbly orchestrated tour of discussed the fully contained recycle the grounds and surroundGolf Course equipment wash system, fuel storage, ing areas. Superintendent soil storage areas, blow-off station, The tour offered resiMark Jacobs and fertilizer storage. Mechanic dents and guests an insider’s look into the efficiency of how operations Greg Cramp discussed the equipment repair are run within such a highly technical shop and how it was designed and managed department. This included how machinery with safety and efficiency of equipment care
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in mind. While touring the maintenance facility, residents looked at before and after photos of improvements to the equipment storage area. Signs also displayed the cost of individual pieces of equipment. Everyone was astounded when Mark shared that one hour of equipment use on the golf course can be equated to 100 miles on a personal car. The tour continued in the break room, where various meters were displayed on the table. Residents were particularly interested in the automated irrigation system and soil moisture sensors and asked a lot of questions about water use. Mark shared, “Water conservation is of the utmost importance to Shell Point and the golf course staff.” Next, everyone loaded up in golf carts for a course tour. The first stop was an out-ofplay area that is being naturalized by removing turf and adding native plants. Mark said, “The naturalization process not only benefits the wildlife, but it also helps reduce inputs of water, fertilizers and chemicals.” On holes three and four, residents learned about a staff project of propagating,
or recycling, existing aquatic plants. Mark explained, “The plants enhance the lake edges and create habitats for wildlife while helping to filter and improve water quality.” There was an unexpected surprise on hole eight, as the group got to explore a gopher tortoise den. Everyone was surprised to learn that the dens are dug to a depth that maintains a constant 72 degrees and are often shared with other animals like snakes. The last stop on the tour was an area on the course close to the maintenance facility where the staff has worked to create an aquatic haven for all kinds of wildlife, which were certainly in abundance during the tour. This area was a great example of
what a healthy aquatic system looks like. There was lively discussion from the residents about how much they enjoyed this area during their rounds. Mark extended an invitation for anyone interested in working on environmental projects to join their environmental team. Dick Freese (Macoma) was both inspired and impressed with the tour stating, “The natural beauty that
Shell Point has sought to preserve on the golf course is astounding. It encourages me to pick up my clubs again and play on such a wonderful course.” The care and maintenance that the Golf and Landscape Operations Center strives to uphold can clearly be seen. From native birds, alligators, and gopher tortoises making the course their home, Shell Point has embraced both the technical and natural elements, creating a perfect harmony. Continued on next page
During the tour Mark Jacobs discussed environmental planning and water conservation measures taken by the Shell Point Golf Club.
The “beautifully brutal” hole #13 illustrates the blending of nature with a game of skill. Shell Point Life | May 2012
Maintaining Water Quality Continued from page 41
“The plants enhance the lake edges and create habitats for wildlife while helping to filter and improve water quality.”
Careful monitoring of the water quality helps the golf course maintenance crew know how to adjust their methods as they seek to preserve the environment and course.
Industry Recognition Left: Mark submitted meticulous records to qualify for the Audubon certification.
Shell Point Golf Club was recently awarded certifications in multiple areas for The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP). The ACSP is an award-winning education and
certification program that helps golf courses protect their environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. This program helps golf course superintendents enhance the natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf operations. 42
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Far left: This aerial map of the Shell Point Golf Course identifies each body of water on the course. Golf maintenance workers refer to this map to coordinate their conservation efforts.
“Achieving certification demonstrates leadership, commitment, and high standards of environmental management, and here at Shell Point we want to make sure to offer the best course for golfers, while protecting our surroundings and the environment,” said Mark Jacobs, golf course superintendent. The newest certifications awarded to
Shell Point Golf Club are Water Quality Management and Chemical Use Reduction and Safety. Shell Point Golf Club already had the certifications for Environmental Planning and Water Conservation, and is working toward earning the remaining two categories of Wildlife/Habitat Management and Outreach and Education.
Women’s Ministries Global Outreach
International Workers Share Experience of Life Overseas B Y E L E A N O R P E A S E ( R O YA L B O N N E T )
The May Women’s Ministries Global Outreach meeting will feature guest speaker Krista Ellenberger and special music by her husband, Keith. The Ellenbergers have served as international workers in West Africa for 21 years. Keith is a third generation missionary. Krista and Keith started their career as dorm parents at the International Christian Academy in Côte d'Ivoire. When war broke out, the Academy was closed and they became
dorm parents at Dakar Academy in Senegal. Five years later, the Ellenbergers were asked to move to another West African country and change to a completely different ministry. Their love of working with students made the decision difficult. However, after prayer for direction, they moved to Bamako, Mali. It is there that they work together with incoming short-term ministry teams. Keith is the business manager and Krista is the guest house hostess. Krista also enjoys teaching English because it gives her an opportunity to interact with her students. When they return to Keith and Krista recently moved to Bamako, Mali, to assist short term ministry teams.
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Library volunteers appreciate the many contributions sent in during the two-week-long Annual Shell Point Library Fund Drive. This once-a-year appeal provides the fuel which keeps the library vibrant and successful. Shell Point Administration provides the facility, but the Annual Drive is our sole source of funds for library acquisitions and operational expenses. Your support of the fund drive means that various parts and components of the library can be maintained and updated each year. This includes purchasing new books,
DVDs, and audio books, as well as the renewal of newspaper subscriptions – a costly but well-liked resource for keeping abreast of local, national, and international news. The main library supports the specialized genealogy library located at The Woodlands Commons. Furthermore, King’s Crown and The Arbor have reading centers established by the library several years ago. Those libraries receive at least two new large print books each month along with books and DVDs from the main library. Keeping all these components moving forward brings a sense of satisfaction to volunteers, as well as users and guests. The continued success of the library would not be possible without your generous donations.
“Uncle” Keith and “Aunt” Krista Ellenberger, as their “kids” called them, dedicated a large part of their service in Africa to caring for missionary kids as dorm parents.
Bamako to resume their work, Krista will help in the mission office. Because of their unique ministries, the Ellenbergers will share a slightly different perspective of life overseas as international workers. The presentation will be held in the Hospitality Room of The Village Church on Wednesday, May 16. The meeting will start at 10:15 a.m., but early birds will have the opportunity to enjoy pastries, coffee, and fellowship.
We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate each and every contribution.
ISLAND LIBRARY HOURS Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sun. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone: 454-2180 Shell Point Life | May 2012
All concerts will be held in the Church Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Residents can purchase tickets at either service desk. The general public can purchase tickets online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts. For questions, please call the box office at 454-2067.
Announcing… the 2012 Summer Concert Series The third annual Shell Point Summer Concert Series will kick off this June! This series has proved to be a great option for musical entertainment during a time of year when things tend to slow down in Southwest Florida.
Both the residents of Shell Point and members of the local community enjoy not only the diverse musical options, but also low ticket prices. Our goal is to make the Summer Concert Series affordable to all. With that, the
series of three concerts can be purchased for just $35, or single tickets can be purchased for $15 each. We invite you to secure your tickets early and encourage a Entire friend to join you.
The 3 Divas & The Dons Friday, June 15, 2012 One of Sarasota’s most popular ensembles comprised of vocalists and instrumentalists, are known for presenting exciting programs of varied musical styles. Their eclectic repertoire covers a broad spectrum of compositions ranging from opera to Broadway as well as sacred, folk, patriotic, and the American Song Book. The “Divas” are captained by harpist, Bonnie Caplan with lyric soprano Lorraine Murphy and mezzo soprano Amy Connours. The “Dons” include baritone Tim O’Connor and pianist Steve McCoy. Join the 3 Divas & The Dons as they take us Travelin’ along Route 66….
Grand Floridian Society Orchestra Monday, July 30, 2012 Coming to us from Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, is the ever popular Grand Floridian Society Orchestra under the leadership of Mr. Pat Doyle. This orchestra features some of the country’s finest musicians who have been entertaining guests for the past 25 years. Come listen to the toe tapping sounds of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and hear why the Disney resort guests return year after year.
Crossroads Quartet Saturday, August 18, 2012 Crossroads is a world champion a cappella quartet made up of four versatile, award winning vocalists. Though steeped in the traditional Barbershop Harmony, Crossroads sing a wide variety of musical styles including vocal jazz, blues, gospel, pop classics and standards from the Great American Songbook. Crossroads was formed when four friends from four different states and four different international champion quartets came together to make a brand new sound. Two years later they were crowned the 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Championship Quartet. Since then they have produced two recordings and have become one of the most sought after a cappella quartets in the world!
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