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“Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Messiah,

Sending Christmas Greetings

the Lord.”

By Mary Kay Grimaldi Every year that my husband and I have been married, we have prepared and mailed a holiday greeting to all our family and friends in the form of a newsletter update of our lives the past 12 months. This effort mostly consists of me (the writer) composing the memorable photos and descriptions of our annual adventures, while Frank folds and stamps the pile that has grown to more than 200. Since we have moved a number of places during our 30+ years together, this tradition is a way to stay connected and share our experiences with those we love. We now have a hefty memoir of highlights, which we enjoy browsing each year beside the Christmas tree. Memories are what Cameo resident Jean Marshall also treasures most; read about her holiday gift from family on pages 14-16. Enjoy new celebrations this December by attending the Holiday Pops concert (page 23) or a meaningful class through The Health Connection (pages 24-25). As a child, I certainly relished the excitement of tearing into the boxes



with bright wrappers and bows on Christmas mornings (or occasionally on Christmas Eve). Traditional toys under the tree live on with Sand Dollar residents Judy Owen’s dollhouses (pages 4-8) and Dick Boynton’s teddy bears (pages 10-13). Now, I rather enjoy spending time during the season baking a torte cake and searching for the perfect gift for a loved one. You’ll find quite a few unique options at the Shell Point Gift Shop (page 17), and use the UPS volunteers in The Island Tunnel to help you ship them (page 17). The Village Church life-size nativity displays the true meaning of the holy day, and Shell Point residents helped sponsor this tradition (see pages 18-21). Don’t miss the “Lessons and Carols” performance by Estuary resident Ron Boud (page 42), and Pastor Andy Hawkins shares his praise for Sue Stranahan’s faithful life and blessings for Shell Point residents (page 43). May you find peace and joy this Christmas, and a New Year filled with promise and hope.

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. Editor Mary Kay Grimaldi Director of Marketing & Comm. Rich Cerrina Art Director Brad Blackburn Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Dawn Boren, Heather Battey, Teri Kollath, Bev Chandley, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Linda Rakos, Melody Desilets, Katelyn Van Scoy, Robyn Church, McKenzie Millis, Cally Wiley, Claude Emler, Amanda Kraus, Mary Moore, Randy Woods, Rev. Andrew Hawkins, David Pavey, Janine Hammond, Sarah Nadal, Steve Morton, Matt Whelan, Dotty Morrison, Anna Smith, Cathy Miskell, Susan Uhleman, Ann Erickson, Marilynn Fowler, Carolyn Zenoniani, and Peggy Zimmerman Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Mary Kay Grimaldi, editor, by calling (239) 454-2055 or emailing Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of Shell Point Life that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as back issues of the magazine at


A symbol of the Christian faith, the nativity scene depicts the birth of Jesus on Christmas. Read about the life-size nativity display arranged by The Village Church at Shell Point on page 18. 2

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Under the Christmas Tree By Mary Kay Grimaldi Christmas is about God’s gift to the world – His Son, Jesus. The Bible verse John 3:16,

says: “God loved the world so much, that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost but have eternal life.” One of the main reasons the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas time developed is to remind us of the gifts given to Baby Jesus by the three Wise Men: frankincense, gold, and myrrh. The visit of the Magi to the Christ child was originally celebrated on the Feast of Epiphany. The time from Christmas to Epiphany in the church calendar – December 25th through

January 6th – is traditionally recognized as the “12 days of Christmas,” from the old Christmas carol. The ancient church did not “celebrate” Christmas as much as “observe” it as a holy day. It wasn’t until modern times when the tradition of giving gifts to loved ones at Christmas became popular. We each give gifts at Christmas for our own reasons. For some, it is a way to celebrate the Christian holy day; for others, it is a special time to let family and friends know they are appreciated. Let’s visit with some Shell Point residents to learn what treats they recall …under the Christmas tree.

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Judy Owen (Sand Dollar) pondered the detail of the Bliss dollhouse, which is built to half scale, but comes with 1 3/4-scale furniture.


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Delicate Dollhouse L enore was just five years old when she awoke early on Christmas morning in 1902. Her windows were frosty from the frigid air of the northern Michigan winter, but she jumped out of bed full of anticipation. Her parents, Frances Sweet and Wilbur Campbell, who owned the Northport Leader newspaper, had been up late the night before playing “Santa” and leaving gifts of love in the spirit of the season under the Christmas tree for their beloved daughter.

Imagine her excitement when little Lenore found the diminutive cast-iron stove, wooden chair, and baby doll waiting for her that special day. These toys were just her size, with working parts that enticed her to play “grown-up” and learn how her mother kept house. The doll resembled a little sister, with a delicate China face, ringlet curls, and beribboned dress; she came with a tiny crib and buggy. The continued on next page

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Left: An antique photo of Judy’s grandmother Lenore in 1902 with her presents in front of the Christmas tree. Above: Unlike dollhouses of the modern era that open in the back, this model opens with hinges from the front. Below: A close-up view of the front porch shows two women figures; one was perhaps a housekeeper as she wears an apron. Each room is generously decorated with furnishings of the time, including a candlestick phone and baby bouncer.


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small stove puffed smoke and warmed water for tea parties when coals were carefully tended in its pot belly. One more special treat was waiting for this good girl that year – a “Bliss” house with miniature furniture, vehicles, and inhabitants … another blessing from her mother and father. R. (“Rufus”) Bliss Manufacturing Company was based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, until 1935. Known for high-quality, beautiful colors, and artwork, Bliss offered the first such dollhouses and furnishings in its catalog in 1895. Children of the time also enjoyed Bliss train blocks, boats and wagons, and complete menageries with camels to zebras made of lithographed paper applied on wood. The Next Generation

Lenore’s treasure enjoyed a second unveiling when Sand Dollar resident Judy Owen, granddaughter of the dollhouse’s first owner, learned it had been hidden away in her grandfather’s attic for decades. Judy and her husband Bob had spent the better part of a year reconstructing and furnishing a miniature barn house, also originally built in 1902. This small structure had been a play space and bunny hutch for Bob as a child, and for his father before him.

More than 60 years later, the barn house was “dolled” up to become a Christmas present for their six-year-old daughter, Susanne. Judy and Bob had diligently updated the structure to suit a girl’s taste and become a well-appointed home. The fireplace was adorned with fossilized Petoskey stone from Michigan; and delicate Judy repurposed an old bread box into a dollhouse display, seashells from Sanibel Island searching for items on eBay to create a Tootsietoy kitchen and laundry/washroom with items in their original, metallic patina. were exhibited in a glasstopped coffee table. Added Pennsylvania, to Judy’s grandfather’s house to the display were a weather vane on the roof, a claw-footed tub, a bushel in Detroit, Michigan, where they planned to of apples, a butter churn, a mantle clock, and celebrate Christmas. Six-year-old Susanne was not suspicious of the U-Haul trailer a Tiffany lamp. A doll family had moved in – parents hitched to their car, but Judy’s grandfather ironing linens and reading a newspaper; chil- was curious as they arrived. dren building a tower of blocks and playing Surprise in the Attic a piano with sheet music; a dog lounging by the fireplace, and a kitten batting at a ball After the children were asleep on of yarn. Christmas Eve, Judy and Bob began to But even built to scale in standard doll- unload the toys from the trailer. When he house dimension of 1:12 (one inch to one saw the dollhouse, Judy’s grandfather asked, foot), this toy needed a special carriage to ride from their home at the time in Allentown, continued on next page

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“Why did you go to all that trouble? What’s wrong with the dollhouse in my attic?” Judy was stunned. Somehow, the Bliss house that Lenore received as a present for Christmas in 1902 had remained preserved – untouched by Judy’s mother who lived many years in the home, only to be uncovered and explored by Judy that Christmas Eve in 1967. Over the years, Judy continued this infatuation with miniatures and built her knowledge and business in antiques. At one point, she owned a collection of seven dollhouses and approximately 75 antique, cast-iron toy stoves and irons, similar to the remaining heirloom she inherited from her family. A National Biscuit Company tin houses a die-cast metal Tootsietoy laundry/washroom and kitchen, which is in halfinch scale (1:24). Some of these pieces, like the miniature weight scale, were distributed as toy surprises in the original Cracker Jack boxes and sold at “five-and-dime” stores. The “pièce de résistance” secreted away among the treasures in the Bliss house is an autographed doll-sized book by Flora Gill Jacobs, internationally recognized authority on dollhouses and founder of the Washington Dolls’ House and Toy Museum, opened in 1975. Influenced by Lenore’s long-ago Christmas gift, her granddaughter Judy has become an expert in the world of miniatures.

The six-room barn dollhouse, fashioned from an antique building built by Bob Owen’s grandfather, was a Christmas present to Judy and Bob’s six-yearold daughter in 1967. There’s a full family of figurines positioned throughout the dollhouse carrying out everyday tasks, such as reading the newspaper, ironing the laundry, and children playing in the attic. 8

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On Christmas Day, a traditional Christmas buffet will be offered in The Crystal Room from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Menu choices include hand-carved prime rib of beef, baked salmon, and roast turkey, accompanied by traditional side dishes. You can choose from festive holiday desserts, such as pumpkin, mincemeat, pecan, and apple pies, or an assortment of cakes on the dessert buffet – all included for $27.95. The extensive Crystal salad bar and freshly baked breads and rolls are also included. Seating is based on availability. The Crystal Room will also be open for regular lunch and dinner hours on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31. Start your celebrations with live smooth jazz music provided by Charlie Sherrill during dinner service, and a sparkling grape juice New Year’s Eve toast. Join us on New Year’s Day for a lunch buffet featuring typical “good luck” foods, such as roast pork, sauerkraut, greens, and black-eyed peas. The Friday night seafood buffet will be offered for dinner on New Year’s Day.

The Palm Grill will be featuring a special Christmas dinner served from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Choose from lobster bisque or a North Pole shrimp cocktail. Entrée choices will be filet mignon, roast turkey, popular surf and turf (boneless short ribs with pan-sautéed sea scallops), or sea bass and Gulf shrimp scampi. Entrées include a salad; prices range from $23 to $30. The Palm Grill will also feature festive Christmas desserts. “Call ahead” seating is available by calling 4542059 on Christmas Day. The Palm Grill will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. The Palm Grill will be open for lunch and dinner on Thursday, December 31, with a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu and live music from 5 – 8 p.m. New Year’s Day dining will be available during regular lunch and dinner hours.

The Island Café Enjoy a casual breakfast or a light lunch in the Island Café on Christmas Day from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Service during regular hours (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) will be available on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. The Island Café is also offering fresh-baked holiday pies for take-out during the holiday season. Stop in or call 454-2286 to place an order.

Christmas Family Feast Another popular option for Christmas Day is the “family feast” meal available from the Crystal Room. The fully cooked and ready-to-serve feast includes a whole roasted turkey or baked ham dinner. The turkey dinner includes whipped potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetable for $59.95. The ham dinner comes with fruit sauce, sweet potatoes, and vegetable for $59.95. Pumpkin pies, apple pies, and dinner rolls are available for an additional cost. Order by noon on December 21, and pick up at the Social Center on Christmas Day between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 454-2199 or stop by the Crystal Room to place your order.

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Hospitality Services invites you to celebrate the holidays by choosing one of our dining locations, where the holiday season is always a joyous and festive occasion. Other options are also available for tasty holiday food prepared for you to serve in the comfort of your own home.


Crystal Room........... 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m–7 p.m. Palm Grill................ 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Island Café............... 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Café Promenade...... 8 a.m.–2 p.m.


Crystal Room.......10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Palm Grill................ 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Island Café............... 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Café Promenade...... closed


Crystal Room........... 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Palm Grill................ 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Island Café............... 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Café Promenade...... 8 a.m.–2 p.m.


Crystal Room........... 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Palm Grill................ 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Island Café............... 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Café Promenade...... closed

Dick Boynton (Sand Dollar) is surrounded by Teddy bears of his own creation. He completed almost 20 new “family members” to give to the children at Gladiolus Center in Harlem Heights this Christmas, including two sets of triplets sewn from the same fur fabric.

“Bearing” Gifts for Kids at Christmas Teddy Bears Adopt New Homes from Dick Boynton’s Build-A-Bear Shop


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oots, Sweetie, and Kapalua (“Daddy bear”) line the shelf at Dick Boynton’s home at Sand Dollar, the few prized members of his “adopted” bear family who are named and retained from the nearly 1,000 Teddy bears he has sewn over a 20-year span. Living in nearby Indian Creek when he and his wife Barbara first moved to Florida in 1986, Dick joined the “Bear Club” that meets every Friday afternoon like clockwork from November through May. A resident of Shell Point since December 2005, he still continued on next page

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maintains the bond with these bear fans. Describing himself as “fussy” about his bear-making techniques, Dick likes to complete each bear before starting another, which could take 10 days or more. He displays the tools of his trade and shows in intricate detail how he selects the fur fabric from his pelt closet; follows the “scout” bear patterns in 14-, 16-, and 18-inch sizes; marks the edges with color pens; then trims the excess fur in a haircut around the edges so the seams are straight and tight. “The club arranges most of the fabrics for us to use,” he said, displaying a black pelt striated with a little gray that he will use to create his second set of triplets. “It’s rare that I have a pelt big enough to make three the same. Some of the pelts are made from goat hair (mohair) woven into cotton fabric, and can cost $160–180 a yard. Sometimes I add variety and use a fun fabric, such as green or tiger stripe.” “My bears have fully articulated joints; all the arms, legs, and head move,” said Dick, showing the cotter pins and disks used to attach each appendage, and the intricate metal curling needed to keep the limb in place in case it gets a tugging or hugging. “Sometimes the ladies in the club have a hard time forcing the awl through the fabric and bending the metal pin, so I help with that step.”

Coming to Life “At first I started sewing the bears on a machine, then I realized it wasn’t doing me any good,” he said, describing the benefits of keeping his arthritic hands nimble by threading and manipulating the needle. “It must be working because I can still sign a check!” The paws of each bear are lined with ultra-suede for contrast, and there is a variety of stuffing to choose. “I pack my bears tight, especially the head, like traditional, highquality Steiff bears made in Britain and Germany,” Dick said. “But some kids like the bears soft and cuddly.” 12

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Dick uses the tools of his trade to assemble the articulated joints on his Teddy bears, working at home with a magnifying glass to sew a straight seam on their plush ultra-suede paws.

“I insert plastic eyes and always embroider a nose, the way the Germans did, then add a personal little tag, ‘Created by Dick’,” he explained. A lot of tender thought goes into his craft, as he sews a tiny red heart bead into the chest of each of his bears. “I want them to be loving bears, and even if no one can see this heart, it was put there with care,” he said. One last element completes this sentimental assembly – an adoption certificate, so the “parent” can properly treat this new-born treasure. It reads, “This placement has been made through the Offices of Boynton Bears & Adoptions.” This step in the process is especially significant for Dick and Barbara, both of whom were adopted as children. “I was raised in a family where we all learned how to do all the jobs,” Dick said. “I learned to

sew on a button, and my sister who was also adopted could change a flat tire.”

New to the Family Dick has gifted bears to friends in the hospital, family members, and complete strangers in need of a little love. “Everybody likes Teddy bears,” he said. “No matter your age, it helps you remember that you are loved. I’m happy to be a part of it.” One charity in our community that benefits from the Bear Club’s efforts is the Gladiolus Learning & Development Center (GLAD) in nearby Harlem Heights, whose mission is to provide educational and developmental child care for children of low-income working families. The Harlem Heights neighborhood

As a meaningful memento with bears he gifts to family and friends, Dick includes an adoption certificate to remind them of their loving duty and his own past as an orphan.

where the center is located is home to 1,200 children under the age of 18; 36% of Harlem Heights families live below the federal poverty level. GLAD provides a handson education that instills a love for learning at an early age, allowing children to grow and

thrive in a safe, loving environment. Each year, the Gladiolus Center hosts a Christmas party and invites all the children in the neighborhood. “Everyone gets a present, and the kids are tickled,” Dick said. “Our bears are always warmly received; they are going to a good purpose.” Last year the club made more than 100 bears for GLAD kids. “Each bear is unique in its personality, and we have been able to allow our children to choose the bear that appeals to them,” said Tina Parsons,

Executive Director at the Gladiolus Center. “The look of delight on a child’s face is a treasure to see when they pick their bear, squeeze it to their chest, and exclaim, ‘MINE!’ Children bring their special Teddy to school with them on a regular basis and hug them during nap time. The stuffed bear truly becomes part of the child’s world.” Dick doesn’t name the bears he gives as gifts, only the ones he keeps in his family. “Finding new families for my bears is part of the game,” he said. Shell Point Life | December 2015


Gift begins with “I remember when…”

A Jar Full of Happy Family Memories


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The memory jar gift is full of funny and heartfelt comments from the family.

ting around the tables on the porch and drinking black cows (cream soda and vanilla ice cream). We shared a lot of laughter,” wrote Sandy, getting the stories flowing. Jean explained that many of the memories took place at the family cottage on Beaver Lake in New Jersey. Built in 1922, this summer-only getaway was about a three-hour drive from home and needed a lot of maintenance and renovation when they purchased it in 1982 as Don Sr. retired. After listening to discussions about rewiring and water pumps, four-year-old grandson John captured his memory about this challenging repair job: “Papa, I don’t think you’ll live long enough to do all this work.” All was eventually accomplished, with help from Doug every weekend, including his surprise one June when he had replaced the cottage roof.

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henever she wants to reminisce about happy times with family, Jean Marshall (Cameo) lifts the lid on the jar full of memories that she and her husband Don received as a Christmas present many years ago, and browses through a few of the “love notes” stuffed inside. The idea was suggested by Jean’s daughter-in-law Sandy, who asked each son (Don Jr. and Doug), their wives, and the four grandchildren to think of special times they

all spent together. They wrote each thought on a strip of paper, signed it, and folded it into a mini-surprise package in the jar. Today, when the family gathers, they spend time pulling out a few notes and reliving those moments, sharing lots of laughter and building more memories in the process. New notes are regularly added to document events that happened during the year … it’s the gift that keeps giving. “Could we ever forget our card games (Michigan Rummy) at the lake – all of us sit-

To make the cottage more habitable, Don Sr. frequently demonstrated his domestic handiman skills, sometimes with calamitous results. “I remember the time when Dad was going to show the Van B’s the ancient Scottish fire-starting technique. Ended up with everyone on the floor gasping for air in a room full of smoke,” wrote Don Jr. So much for the Scottish system! Jean explained that this note mentions her long-time friend, Helen Van Buskirk, who now lives at Shell Point’s Cellana court. “Helen and I started painting lessons together in the late 1950s,” she said. “Our teacher was 20-year-old Helen Van Wyk just starting her career.” Years later, this local young artist began hosting a popular PBS (Public Broadcasting System) TV program on the fundamentals of art called “Welcome to My Studio.” Don Jr. provided yet another example continued on next page Shell Point Life | December 2015


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of his father’s attempts at handiwork: “I remember when I had a watch that stopped working and Dad tried to fix it. Everything was great until he accidentally found the mainspring and hundreds of watch parts went flying all over the room!” Eventually this patriarch finished many of the chores around the cottage, leaving time for more fishing, canoeing, and swimming adventures with his family. Don Jr. wrote, “I remember fishing from the dock one night (with my deep sea rod and 28-pound test line) and being absolutely convinced that I had caught the biggest fish ever caught in the lake, only to reel in an old tree stump!” About an adventure from their younger days, Don Jr. wrote: “I remember taking a winter vacation at Split Rock (Pennsylvania) and taking pictures of Mom and Dad trying to ski. Unfortunately, the picture caught both of you in a fall, but Mom’s picture looked just like she was in the middle of a great high-speed turn!” Jean might not have won Olympic medals in the downhill slalom, but she was handy in her own way, keeping the family neat and trim, and entertaining at the cottage during the summers, participating in the lake association’s organized wiener roasts and “scrambled” suppers, and the annual Labor Day barn dance in the community hall located directly across the lake.

Everyday Family Life Don Jr. remembered one family dinner when they were young: “Doug really wanted dessert, but really did not want to eat his peas, so he just hid them under the edge of the plate. I don’t think he expected the reaction he got when you picked up his plate to find this nice ring of peas on the tablecloth!” 16

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Beaver Lake in New Jersey inspired many of the favorite memories captured in the jar. It is a recurring subject in Jean’s paintings.

Doug also recalled regular encounters with his mother at school, where she was a secretary in the Guidance department. “Meeting Dad at the bus…avoiding Mom at school (love you, but not at school),” he wrote, thinking of what his friends might say about getting all his mother’s attention. “Mom, how can we ever forget how you dressed Brian (grandson). We were in Cincinnati for Thanksgiving at Doug and Linda’s, and you and Dad were watching Brian while the four of us went shopping. We came home and you had trouble getting the disposable diaper on tight enough, so you got creative and used suspenders to hold the diaper up,” recalled Sandy. Some of these captured recollections occurred over the 21 years

since Jean and Don first moved to Shell Point. Granddaughter Jennifer wrote: “I remember when I was visiting you in Florida, and we collected beautiful seashells on Sanibel Island and then made shell crafts with them. You were always so creative!” Granddaughter Sarah enjoyed “hanging dollar bills up on a wall at a restaurant in Florida” and “watching dolphins at Shell Point.” Staying active in retirement, Jean recently served as co-hostess at the monthly Cameo court coffee and participates in sittercise classes at King’s Crown. This jar of memories showcases a lifetime of family dinners, stimulating conversations, and laughter. “It was the most wonderful Christmas gift,” Jean said. “We talk about these stories for hours; we’re all hooked.”

Just A Few Days Remain

Say “Yes” by

December 4 B y C a t h y M i s k e ll ( S a n d D o ll a r ) , 2015 Campaign Chair

More than 75 employees from all across Shell Point helped make the Hometown Hoe-Down event a success.

We’re almost there. There are only a few days left to make your donation to this year’s Employee Christmas Fund. Friday, December 4, is the donation deadline. Donations received after that day will be added to the 2016 Christmas Fund for distribution to employees a year from now. This year’s Christmas gifts will be distributed to employees on Friday, December 11, at The Resident Activity Center on The Island, the Woodlands Commons, and The Larsen Pavilion. It’s easy to give – before the December 4 deadline: • Drop your check in one of the Christmas boxes located at the Island or Woodlands service desks, or at the nursing stations at King’s Crown, The Arbor, The Springs, and The Larsen Pavilion. • Using your computer/tablet or mobile phone, you can visit the webpage at and make your donation online. No credit card information is necessary; your donation will appear on your monthly billing statement. Whatever method you choose, I urge you to give. Thank you for your generosity. I pray that the spirit of Christmas will fill your heart with peace and great joy in the weeks to come.

UPS Shell Point Gift Shop Announces Seasonal Hours

Is there a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special occasion coming up where you need to purchase a gift, but may not know exactly what you are looking for? Come peruse and choose from the many gifts at the Shell Point Gift Shop, located on The Island. Filled with specialty items, handcrafted or enhanced by Shell Point residents, you are sure to find something special to give. Be sure to select a greeting card to accompany your present, since it is both the thought and the artistry that counts! The Gift Shop has new seasonal hours, open six days a week through the end of April: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours

The UPS Room, located in the Creativity Tunnel on The Island and run by resident volunteers, is a convenient place to ship your holiday presents to treasured friends and family. During this holiday season, volunteers will extend their hours to assist with box selection, expedite the packing process, and send your parcels safely and securely – to arrive just in time for Christmas. Please note that the UPS room accepts cash or checks only to pay for shipping costs.

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By Mary Kay Grimaldi

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”


—Luke 2: 8-12 (NIV)

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Each Christmas season, as Christians the world over prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, church members, residents, and visitors to Shell Point behold a beauteous sight: a life-size nativity scene displayed by The Village Church at the entrance to The Island. It is a classic scene, comprised of adoring Mary and Joseph with the Christ child in a manger heralded by an angel, three kings with camels, a cow, donkey, and two shepherds with a small flock of sheep. For 35 years, this beautiful nativity has graced our community reflecting our faith’s seminal belief: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) The inspiration to share this scripture portrayed in statue form arose in 1979 when Rev. Bill Bedford, then pastor of The Village Church, visited Bill Harrod, a longtime trustee and member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, at his home in nearby Sunshine Mobile Village on Davis Road. Each year, Bill H. and his wife, Mary, arranged his 12-inch nativity atop their box television. “It wasn’t cheap, but I couldn’t say no to my dear wife Mary,” he said, explaining that Mary had been a deaconess at the church but passed away last year at Hope Hospice. Bill’s connections to Shell Point continue through his sister Mildred Dotter (Turban) and daughter Valerie Pigott (Island Housekeeping). This particular nativity was a specialty item of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” From its humble beginnings in 1945, this store has grown to the size of one and a half football fields and specializes in creating one-of-a-kind holiday displays for cities, malls, and businesses, as well as churches and individual homes. Natives of Flint, Michigan, as a young couple, the Harrods would often visit this German settlement, surrounded by verdant farmland, to enjoy a fresh chicken dinner


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Baby Jesus is the focal point of the nativity display, which has been setup over the past 35 years during the Christmas season in various locations – inside The Village Church, in The Island Park, and along the entrance median surrounded by tropical palms and hay.

on their wedding anniversaries. They purchased the nativity, made of hard rubber and imported directly from West Germany, as a keepsake to highlight the true meaning of Christmas.

The Story Comes Home Pastor Bedford had the idea that the church location at Shell Point would benefit from such a lovely display of the Christmas story, so he started a fund drive to raise the approximately $25,000 needed to purchase a life-size nativity, made of fiberglass and hand painted. He put out the call for residents and church members to sponsor each piece in the nativity set. “He was a people’s man,” Bill H. said about the pastor. “When some-

thing needed to be done, he knew where to go to get it done.” As a tool and dye specialist who made a career working at AC Delco and retiring at age 57, Bill H. stepped up to sponsor two lambs. “I was counting my pennies,” he said, “but these little creatures were cheaper, about $200 each.” Wilf Hayes, a contractor from Ontario, Canada, originally came to Shell Point in the late 1960s to help complete the Macoma and Nautilus courts on The Island; one of his last projects was posting the sign announcing the start of construction for The Woodlands neighborhood. According to Bill H., Wilf volunteered to build the wooden crèche structure. “My dad would have volunteered to do anything related to wood. If it’s still standing, then my dad likely built it,” said Wilf’s daughter, Junonia resident Treva Crump, who now helps coordinate the Stamp Ministry at Shell Point, along with her husband Ben. Other generous individuals joined the fundraising effort, and the nativity collection was soon completed.

Bill H. had a team of trustees to assist each year with setting up the display. June Smith (Sand Dollar) was a niece of pastor Bill B., and her husband Don (King’s Crown) was actively involved as a member of the church governing board. Grayce Gore (Periwinkle) recalled how her husband Ron (who has since passed away) helped to set up, dismantle, and store the nativity figures. “He always looked forward to setting it out and enjoyed seeing it on display,” she said. “Ron was a dentist, so he saw details looking at it up close and commented when there were little cracks that needed to be fixed.”

Handling a Treasure In 2005, after years of weathering and damage, the statues received a refreshing coat of paint. Junonia resident Judy Munson’s son Bill, an artist, spent three weeks that summer adding life to the display using his signature airbrush method. “When Bill was finished, all the statues were put on display in the church one Sunday for all to see his work,” Judy said. It was like celebrating Christmas in July. “The colors made it look like each figure was wearing real fabric,” said Marian Davey (Junonia), whose husband Jim had

been pastor at The Village Church from 1994–2001. Today, the value of the display would be worth almost triple the original investment. During the 2015 off-season, The Village Church invested several thousand dollars more to have the nativity restored by Bronner’s (the manufacturer). “In addition, one of the shepherds had a broken shoulder and hand, and many of the figures needed major repairs,” explained Randy Woods, Minister of Worship and Music, who worked to oversee the packaging and shipping of the nativity for its trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan, and safe return to Shell Point. The Shell Point Maintenance crew now assists with setup as they decorate the entire campus for the holidays. The Village Church nativity has been a labor of love by many residents over the past three decades, and is on display each year for your enjoyment, affording inspiration and remembrance of God’s message of hope and peace to all on earth.

(Below) Artist Bill Munson, son of Ron and Judy Munson (Junonia), used his special left-handed airbrush technique to refresh the nativity statues with a new, lifelike coat of paint in 2005. (Right) The figurines are now newly restored by Bronner’s, the manufacturer, to their original color palette.

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support groups and assistance, assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice care. Meet with the Shell Point Hospitality team to discuss healthy eating options, nutrition, and updated news and menus from the dining venues. Make time to visit with The Legacy Foundation to hear about the many financial support services and programs they offer. Other interesting booths to visit include Facility Operations, Housekeeping, Transportation, and Shell Point’s avenues of Communication. Local businesses that offer wellness-focused products and services also will participate in this fun event. Learn about Lee Memorial’s Trauma Prevention, local specialty doctors, CapTel Phones, and talking books. The expo will also feature great giveaways and healthy refreshments. There are so many wonderful programs and services here at Shell Point, be sure to join the fun on Tuesday, January 12 to learn more about living and aging positively.

LifeQuest Discussion: Spiritual Dimension

The Invisibles of Life Guest Speaker: Sunny Torres Saturday, December 19 • 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL

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the box, along with our hotels, paper money, and properties, what will we discover are the most valuable possessions we have gained? Join Sunny for a different perspective on the “good life” and see how spiritual self-care plays a vital role.

Ring in the Season

with Magical Music SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY: HOLIDAY POPS Monday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Village Church/IS Tickets: $30

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s much-anticipated Holiday Pops celebrates all the joyous holidays that make December magical. Maestro Nir Kabaretti conducts the performance of Holidays in Paradise, featuring beautiful pieces inspired by the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah; and sing-along tunes like “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and other traditional seasonal favorites. The concert includes performances by Broadway star, soprano soloist Laura Woyasz, and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. Dorothy Munsch (Oakmont) is a board member and strong supporter of the Southwest Florida Symphony. “Audiences at Shell Point have always been enthusiastic and fun to join for these performances. We anticipate this year will be more of the same,” she said. “Come meet the conductor; he is a pleasure to talk with and an advocate of Shell Point.” To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit either service desk, go online to, or call (239) 454-2067.

Artistic Expressions

Call for Shell Point Art Show & Sale Shell Point artists are invited to contribute to a brilliant display of artistic talents from media including painting, pottery, sculpture, stained glass, photography, woodworking, lapidary, three-dimensional paper art, and more. New this year, fiber art and textiles will be added to the list of accepted media. The Artistic Expressions Show & Sale will take place in The Island Park on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20. (In case of inclement weather, this event will move to The Village Church on The Island.) In addition to the Art Show & Sale, food vendors, musicians, and cheerful décor will adorn the park, creating a festival event for all to enjoy. If you are interested in participating in this imaginative event, a complete list of rules and details regarding registration will be available at either service desk beginning Monday, January 4. Shell Point Life | December 2015


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Wellness Specialty Classes Great classes continue this month with Senior Self-Defense, at 12:45 p.m. at The Island Health Club. This six-session class runs on Mondays from December 28 – February 1 and costs only $55. Designed for all fitness levels, you can physically participate as little or as much as you feel comfortable. Advanced Senior Strength will take place again on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. also in The Island Health Club from December 30 – February 3. For $55, you will get six sessions that can help you jump your fitness to an advanced level. Balance and Mobility Beginner Level 1 – Session B will start on December 28 and continue for 12 weeks until March 16. This beginner class will help you use 24

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your walking device less, or walk with it more carefully and independently. Join Fitness Coordinator Hannah Hosterman on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:45 p.m. at The Island Health Club. For only $120, this is a great class to add to your fitness regime. Balance and Mobility Advanced Level 2 – Session B will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 29 – March 15 at 2:45 p.m. with Fitness Coordinator Hannah Hosterman at The Island Health Club. Work on posture, flexibility of the feet, leg strength, and balance in this 12-week class. Cost is $120. You must be able to sit and stand from a chair without assistance, and to walk freely without a walking device. Barre – Ball Edition – Session B will continue for another six-week session from December 28 – February 3. Keep Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. open for this free class. Burn fat, sculpt muscle defini-

tion, firm the hips, thighs, and gluteus, and engage the abdominal muscles for a toned body and lean-looking results. Join Fitness Coordinator Melanie Brod for this new class.

Shell Point as Your Resource Looking to find your way around the gym or learn about the fitness machines? Attend one of our many Fitness Safety and Equipment Orientation classes offered the first and third Tuesday of each month at 12:45 p.m. at The Island Health Club. The next two sessions are on December 1 and 15. Join Safety Professional Dan Moser for Interactive Traffic Safety on Wednesday, December 2, at 1:15 p.m. in the Social Center on The Island for an interactive WalkWiseLee program. It will cover the rules of the road and pathways, while actively engaging the audience.

Join Robyn Church, Salon & Spa Manager, and Michel FitzGerald, Bosley Brand Manager and Educator, for Why Is My Hair Thinning, and What Can I Do? This eyeopening class will be held on Thursday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sabal Room in The Woodlands. Looking to jazz up your holiday outfit this year? The Shell Point Salon & Spa nail care specialists have the answer! Holiday Nail Art will be held at the Social Center on The Island on Tuesday, December 8, at 1:15 p.m. Come decorate your nails in festive colors, red and green flowers, or snowflakes. Instruction and assistance will be offered for a $2 fee. Sign-up for the Senior Fit Test (SFT) by calling Fitness Supervisor Michelle Smith at (239) 454-2107. The SFT measures your current fitness level within your age bracket. These tests will be given by our qualified fitness staff throughout January. But don’t wait, call Michelle now for more information.

Jazz up your holiday outfit by attending Holiday Nail Art led by Robyn Church on December 8.

ing or doing the activities you once loved? Or do you have terrible hip pain? Join Dr. David Eichten, DO, from Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida, for Hip Hip Hooray – Total Hip Arthroplasty on Friday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Oak Room in The Woodlands.

Your Medical Community

Personalized medicine is a way to uniquely tailor medical treatments to address a patient’s individual symptoms and genetic profile. Join Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP, for this interesting presentation on DNA Testing. It will take place on Thursday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room in The Woodlands. Are you having a hard time walk-

Shell Point Cares

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Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s annual fundraising event designed to save lives. It will be held at Centennial Park in Fort Myers on Saturday, December 12. The Community Thrift Store has made a donation on behalf of Shell Point residents and employees to participate in support of the American Heart Association to build healthier lives. All participants will receive a Shell Point Cares T-shirt to wear at the event. Court pick-ups will begin at 7:00 a.m.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held at Centennial Park in Fort Myers on October 24, raised almost $75,000 and drew a crowd of more than 500 participants, including 55 residents, employees, and family members from the Shell Point Cares team. Walkers received a “promise garden” flower in a color that designated a specific connection to the disease: blue represented someone with the disease; purple was for someone who lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s; yellow was for a caregiver; and orange was for all who support the cause and envision a world without Alzheimer’s. While the event wasn’t a race, three teal t-shirts led the pack – Shell Point residents who have overcome personal physical obstacles. They finished the 5K course first in a “tortoise and hare” style competition where the retiree speed walkers beat the youthful joggers. Congratulations to Junonia residents Tim Brady, John Yarish, and Janet Walker.

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Photo Gallery Display


December 1 – January 5 Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Shell Point Photo Gallery & Studio/IS The Shell Point Photo Gallery & Studio will feature two exhibitions this month. One by resident Herb Sklar (Eagles Preserve) is entitled “Still Life with Red Accent.” The second show is called “Faces of Shell Point,” which will feature photographs from many Photo Club members. Wander through the gallery and enjoy these beautiful images.

Gift Shop Extravaganza


Tuesday, December 1 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Social Center & Gift Shop/IS Walk into a winter wonderland filled with specialty items created or enhanced by talented Shell Point residents. These gifts are available for purchase, just in time for the holidays. Enjoy demonstrations, refreshments, and hourly door prizes. Complimentary gift wrapping is available with any purchase. Check or cash only. 26

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Thursday, December 3 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Wildlife at the Naples Zoo will be featured on this month’s Critics’ Wall. Members will compete for fun prizes with their best wildlife photos from last month’s field trip. If you weren’t able to go, bring an 8x10 photo of any wildlife you’ve photographed, or just come to the meeting and join the fun.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony


Thursday, December 3 5:45 p.m. Live Entertainment & Festivities 6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony Amphitheater/IS Travel down “Candy Cane Lane” at this year’s tree lighting ceremony. Christmas cookies and peppermint hot chocolate will be served along with some holiday cheer! Listen to the sweet sounds of the swingin’ band “Nostalgia” as they play the Christmas classics. This fivepiece band will help us kick off the season right, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree in the lagoon.


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Shell Point Singers Concert


Thursday, December 3 7:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!” This festive holiday concert will put you in the Christmas spirit. The talented Shell Point Singers will celebrate the spirit of the season as they present favorite yuletide carols and invite you to sing along with some favorite holiday songs. “Christmas Time Is Here,” so join the fun as we celebrate “the best time of the year!”

Friday Market Place


Friday, December 4, 11, and 18 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 11, 18 Administration Courtyard/IS The Friday Market Place is a great place to mingle with friendly vendors and Shell Point neighbors. Farm-stand produce, gifts, and fresh seafood are just a few of the items you’ll find at the market. The Holiday Extended Market on December 11 from 8:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. will include a performance by the melodious Naples Carolers.

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Florida Repertory Theatre: A Christmas Story


Saturday, December 5 12:30 p.m. Island 12:45 p.m. Woodlands 1:00 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 5:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $38 Perfect for the whole family, A Christmas Story is a hilarious and touching coming-ofage tale about growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The audience will follow nineyear-old Ralphie on his desperate quest for a genuine Red Rider BB gun, despite everyone’s warning that “you’ll shoot your eye out.” Enjoy this joyous celebration of childhood.

Wednesday, December 9 8:30 a.m. Island 8:40 a.m. Woodlands 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $16 (ice cream on your own) A favorite outing for many residents, beach day gets us all out in the sun, shade, and surf! The group will head to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park for fun, food, and frolic. A picnic lunch will be served, and a traditional stop for ice cream will be included on the trip back to Shell Point.

Bagelfest! Behind the Scenes at the Bagel Factory


Friday, December 4 1:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Listen to a presentation about the exciting trips coming up in 2016! This will be your opportunity to get a sneak peak and ask questions.


Beach Day

Suzy Q: Sunset Christmas Caroling


December 7, 10, 17, and 22 10, 17, 22 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person Suzy Q Dock/IS Sail away on the Suzy Q boat while singing your favorite Christmas carols! This holiday-themed, scenic boat tour will be sure to put you in a holiday mood. Enjoy eggnog and cookies on this festive sunset cruise. Please arrive at the dock by 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 10 9:30 a.m. Island 9:40 a.m. Woodlands 9:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 12:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (lunch on your own) Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Bagel Factory. Learn what’s involved in operating a bagel company and making those doughy round delights. After the 30-minute tour, the group will stay for a “bagelicious” lunch! Bagel bakers work through the night so they will not be in action, but owner Mark Lukasik will be the tour guide. Shell Point Life | December 2015




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Veteran’s Club Brunch


Friday, December 11 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Calling all veterans to enjoy brunch at the Veteran’s Club meeting. This event will celebrate the veteran community at Shell Point and shed new light on the club. If you are a veteran and interested in meeting your Shell Point neighbors, this event is for you.

Christmas Concert in the Park


Saturday, December 12 1:00 p.m. Island Park/IS Join us for a pleasant afternoon in the park with the Cape Elementary Choir singing some of our favorite Christmas songs. This large choir includes fourth and fifth grade students from Cape Elementary School who will be celebrating the joy of the holiday season during this performance. Come meet these wonderful children as they display their vocal talents.

Saturday DVD: Imitation Game (2014)


Saturday, December 12 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL In 1939, the newly created British Intelligence Agency, MI6, recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma, which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyzes Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius is disgraced when authorities reveal something about him. 28

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Charlotte Harbor Holiday Lights Boat Tour


Tuesday, December 15 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The Southwest Florida Hand Bell Ensemble is an unforgettable group with years of entertainment experience, performing a variety of Christmas songs and medleys for your enjoyment. Join us for a holiday-inspired evening.

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Monday, December 14 2:00 p.m. Island 2:10 p.m. Woodlands 2:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 10:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $27 (dinner on your own) Location: Fisherman’s Village, Punta Gorda This trip is designed for those who love boat rides, holiday light displays, dinner out, and shopping. The bus will deliver the group to Fisherman’s Village for some unique shopping and dinner. After dinner, the group will board King Fisher Cruise Lines on a colorful, light-filled journey through the canals of Charlotte Harbor. This nautical experience is bound to make anyone’s season bright! Some agility required for boarding the boat.

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Thursday, December 17 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room (note room and date) The Aviation Club embarks on fun “hangar flying” as aviation-savvy residents share some of their memorable flying experiences – crazy, hilarious, stupid, scary, embarrassing, or enlightening. Shell Point neighbors share tidbits and perhaps some things you should not do in an airplane! All are welcome.

Gulfshore Playhouse: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol


Dinner: Hob Nob Café Friday, December 18 4:00 p.m. Island 4:15 p.m. Woodlands 4:30 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 11:15 p.m. approximate return Cost: $86 (includes dinner and beverage) “Naples’ Newest Christmas Tradition.” Residents will be dropped off at the restaurant before the show, then have the option to either stroll the short distance to the theatre or be driven by bus. Cody Nickell is a one-man tour-de-force in this magical departure from the Dickens classic. Marley, deceased, journeys through the streets of London during Christmases past, present, and future, viewing Heaven, Hell, and dimensions beyond. This journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, is sure to warm your heart and bring you hope at the holiday season.

Sunday Matinee: My Fair Lady (1964)


Sunday, December 20 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/ WDL This film, adapted from the Broadway show, is about Professor Henry Higgins, who makes a bet that he can transform the unrefined Eliza Doolittle into a lady. He accomplishes this feat, and young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy. Suddenly, Higgins realizes he’s grown accustomed to her presence.

Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)

Dine Out: The Pewter Mug


Monday, December 21 4:00 p.m. Island 4:10 p.m. Woodlands 4:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 8:15 p.m. approximate return Cost: $8 (dinner on your own) Location: North Naples If you have been looking for a perfect prime rib dinner – your wait is over! Since 1970, the Pewter Mug has been famous for its prime rib entrees, which are cleverly labeled “the Prime Minister Cut,” “the Big Daddy Cut,” or the “Flintstone Cut.” There are also plenty of non-beef offerings and a room to build a salad. Entrées start at $16. Earlybird menu will be available as well.

Christmas Cantata


Friday, December 25 4:15 p.m. Resident Activity Center/IS “Peace on Earth” is the theme for this year’s resident Cantata, inspired by the Book of Luke where angels appear to shepherds to tell of the birth of Jesus. Don’t miss this inspiring performance celebrating Christmas.

Artis-Naples: The Producers Monday, December 28 6:00 p.m. Island 6:15 p.m. Woodlands 6:30 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 11:15 p.m. approximate return Cost: $85


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After putting together another Broadway flop, downon-his-luck, scheming producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-richquick scheme to put on the world’s worst show. A Mel Brooks, laugh-out-loud spectacle, and winner of a record 12 Tony Awards!

Movie Night: Boy’s Town (1938)


Monday, December 28 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The devout Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) leads a community called Boys Town, which is a detention facility that stands out among others because instead of being treated as underage criminals, boys are shepherded into making themselves better people. However, Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney), the impulsive and violent younger brother of an imprisoned murderer, might be too much for the good father’s tough-love ways.

Myakka River Narrated Boat Tour and Lunch at Snook Haven


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best natural attractions, including wildlife such as alligators, herons, turtles, osprey, egrets, and maybe an eagle, while enjoying the unspoiled beauty of a time past. Snook Haven is a tucked-away, old Florida gem serving an amazing lunch under the live oak trees. Menu selections are reasonable, and diners have a choice of table service or self-service. There will be considerable walking and standing required for this trip, including getting into and out of a boat and maneuvering stairs. Prepare for the weather by bringing sun or rain protection.

New Year’s Eve Dinner


Thursday, December 31 4:00–7:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS with Entertainment by Charlie Sherill 5:00–8:00 p.m. Palm Grill/WDL with Entertainment by Daniel Klimoski New Year’s Eve is an exciting time at Shell Point. You can choose between the festive Crystal Dining Room on The Island or the elegant Palm Grill at The Woodlands. Each location will feature a different entertainer and delicious food for an evening full of enjoyment as we wave goodbye to 2015.

Thursday, December 31 9:00 a.m. Island 9:15 a.m. Woodlands 9:30 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 4:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $25 (lunch on your own) The trip starts with lunch, then all aboard for a one-hour tour of the Myakka River, one of Florida’s designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. You will learn some of the area’s varied history and view some of Florida’s Shell Point Life | December 2015


Alcoholics Anonymous Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 4:30 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL This is a fellowship of those who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. This “open” meeting of AA welcomes those who struggle with alcohol issues. For information, call the intergroup phone number, 275-5111.

Cancer Support 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 (Springs) at 333-0120.

Caregiver Support Group Tuesdays, December 1 and 15 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. Group 2: 10:30 a.m. Medical Center Conference Room/IS These therapeutic groups are aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. Dr. Nancy Spencer facilitates the groups and can be reached at 454-2043. Sign-up is required.

COPD Support Group This group meets quarterly; the next meeting will be in January 2016. Call Ken Peterson at 482-3779 with questions.

Diabetes Support Group Friday, December 4 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin- and noninsulin-dependent diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. The topic for this month is “Holiday Season Eating for People with Diabetes.” For more information, contact Skyler Bauer, case manager, at 225-2929.

Finding Joy (for Caregivers) Thursday, December 10 1:30 p.m. Manatee Room/IS This group promises to help you take care of yourself. We will be exploring ways to identify and reduce stress, improve commu-


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Support Groups nication skills, and understand and handle difficult feelings. Contact Jane Johnston (Lucina) at 464-5903 or jjejjohnston@ for more information.

Journey through Grief Mondays, December 7, 14, and 21 2:45–4:00 p.m. New! The Village Church The holidays can be a big challenge when someone is living with grief. Join this support group to share your feelings, or just listen and learn to navigate the process of grieving a loss, whether recent or long ago. Led by Jim and Judy Mayer; call 454-3139 to register.

planning, and offer an environment that fosters a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Note: Individual assessment is required before joining a group. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2073. Individual appointments are also available.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, December 16 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL This group provides support and education for those dealing with neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769.

Parkinson’s Enrichment Group Hearing Enrichment Group Wednesday, December 16 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Poor hearing can affect many aspects of one’s life. Stephanie Devlin, case manager, will be facilitating this group that will help residents cope with such issues. She can be reached at 454-8246. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.

Monday, December 7 10:15 a.m. King’s Crown Community Room/IS This group aims to provide support and educational opportunities to patients, caregivers, family members, and friends. Meetings include speakers, group discussions, and emotional support. For more information, call Janine Hammond, case manager, at 454-2186.

Memory Care Support Groups

Vision Enrichment Group

Tuesdays, December 1 and 15 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. Group 2: 10:30 a.m. Behavioral Health Conference Room/IS These groups are designed to provide education and support to residents who have some type of memory disorder, to identify practical strategies to help residents better manage memory loss, address long-range

Tuesday, December 8 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS This group provides educational opportunities and support for those dealing with low vision. Florence Putman (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For additional information, contact Angie Prichard, case manager, at 454-2134.

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Everyone wants to remain healthy and active during their retirement years; however, as we grow older, we sometimes need the help of others to maintain our daily routine. Assisted living offers an ideal setting for those who desire independence, but may need some assistance throughout the day. Should the need arise, Shell Point has three great assisted living options to choose from. Often, people put off making the move and transitioning to assisted living as long as possible because they fear the unknown. But many find that by taking a leap of faith, their hopes of adjusting to their new surroundings, and finding comfort and support in their new home, are realized. Recently, Cellana residents James and Ruth Riccitelli had the opportunity to “test drive” assisted living at The Springs while the elevator in their court was being replaced. “Staying at the Springs was our first impression of assisted living, and we were truly spoiled with kindness,” said James. The Riccitellis quickly acclimated to life in assisted living and enjoyed all the pampering. “My favorite part was the wonderful meals in the beautiful dining room,” James said. “It seemed that every time I turned around, a staff member was offering me assistance. It was delightful having the activities programs and rooms easily acces-

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sible. I took advantage of practicing on the piano daily.” At first, they were a bit hesitant about the move, but swiftly learned that they could enjoy and benefit from many of the services, including daily bed making and trash removal, meal service, and reminders of their doctor’s appointments. “We found it easy to be able to come and go, and stay connected to our friends in Cellana, church services, volunteer commitments with the Stamp Ministry and at the pharmacy, while still enjoying our time at The Springs,” said Ruth.

The Riccitellis met many new people and quickly developed warm friendships at The Springs, and they are always excited when they run into their newfound friends as they go about their life at Shell Point. “Unfortunately, I had a hospitalization. Springs resident Anna Sontra made a getwell card for me and passed it around for all of my friends at The Springs to sign,” James said. “Each of them wrote words of hope, best wishes, and noted how much I meant to them. It was such a touching gesture and meant so much to me and my wife.”

Planning a Move to Assisted Living Soon? ing wait list, don’t miss this helpful presenPlease join us at The Springs on tation. Topics will include what to expect Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m. from the move-in process, tips on downsizfor an informational presentation by Janine ing, and where to begin. Hammond, Resident Support Services Holiday refreshments will be shared, manager, who will discuss “What to know and residents are welcome to take a tour of when planning a move to assisted living.” If you or a loved one is planning a Janine Hammond The Springs following the presentation. For move to assisted living in the next six months, or more information or to reserve a space, please call if you recently added your name to the assisted liv- Pat Cunningham at 454-2299. Shell Point Life | December 2015


2015 Holiday Bazaar

Kicks Off the Gift-Giving Season The scent of spiced cinnamon was in the air as 1,000 guests entered a festive holiday atmosphere complete with welcoming volunteers, an abundant variety of fine crafts, and even Mrs. Claus giving away peppermint sticks. The 10th annual Holiday Bazaar, held at the Woodlands Commons on November 6 and 7, was expertly coordinated by the Lakewood resident co-chairs, Barbara Hilton and Karen Hubbard. With 63 tables filled to the brim with amazing gifts, guests were thrilled to shop to their hearts’ content! With each neighborhood at Shell Point represented, including our newest neighborhood, The Barbara Hilton Estuary, guests were treated to a number of novel items. “What a decade of fun this has been,” said Barbara Hilton, pioneer for this


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event that allows the talents of Shell Point residents to shine through. “Seeing the growing popularity of this bazaar has been a pleasure to witness! I believe it has become a milestone to mark the beginning of the holiday season in Southwest Florida.” Items for sale included painted silk scarves and “extra pocket” painted purses, an elaborately carved Santa Claus and wood dollhouse, glittery shelled Christmas trees, ornaments and jewelry, folded paper book “sculptures,” sweet English toffee and fruitcake, and much more. With prices beginning at $1, guests had a delightful time finding the perfect gifts for loved ones. “It is with overflowing gratitude that we thank Barbara for her vision, desire to help fellow residents, and commitment to excellence the past 10 years,” said Melody Desilets, volunteer coordinator. “Although she will no longer serve as chair of the event, her legacy will certainly carry on for years to come.”

Phil Hilton (Lakewood)

Helen Remington (Lakewood)

Joan Walton (Rosemont)

Lucy Skinner (Harbor Court)

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Happy holidays! Please think about how you might benefit from technology as you build your Christmas “wish list.” TiVo BOLT—This is a new digital video recorder (DVR) unit and streaming media player (a unified entertainment system) designed to gather all your TV, ondemand, and streaming content together in one simplified and searchable experience. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas present, however this new device will not work with our Shell Point system. Instead,

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the Technical Support team recommends continued use of the TiVo Roamio series. Faster Internet Speeds—Shell Point now provides faster speeds (25Mbs and 50Mbs) for resident Internet connections. This is especially useful for those

who stream movies (using services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.), or those who have more than four networked devices in the home. Remote Technical Support—Your computer needs may be resolved faster with less down time when you call Shell Point Technical Support staff at (239) 454-2190 to request remote technical support to access your Apple and Windows computers (at this time, service does not include iPads, iPhones or Smartphones, or computer tablets).


2015 Year-End Wrap-Up & Outlook for 2016 Wednesday, December 16 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/WDL A timely review of the financial markets and discussion of what to expect for the coming year. Presented by David J. Moreland, CRPC, and Jason T. Scoggins Vice President—Wealth Management, Financial Advisor UBS Financial Services, Genesis Wealth Management Please RSVP to Beth Crenshaw at the Legacy office: (239) 466-8484.


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FineMark National Bank & Trust Answers Your Personal Banking Questions

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Question: I want to make sure my important documents and records are easily accessible if they are ever needed, but I’m not sure where to keep everything. Can you suggest a good filing system? Answer:

A good recordkeeping system makes it easier to locate important documents and can save time and money during an unexpected tax audit or during the estate-planning process. But not all documents need to be stored in the same location and for the same amount of time.

SO, WHERE SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS? In Your Safe Deposit Box: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Birth Certificates Certificates of Deposit Citizenship/Naturalization Papers Death Certificates IRA Papers Legal Agreements Military Discharge Papers Property Bills of Sale Property Deeds Personal Property Appraisals Personal Property Inventory Stock and Bond Certificates Vehicle Titles

In a Fireproof Box at Home: • Financial Power of Attorney • Insurance Policies • Living Will

Recordkeeping Guidelines Know Your Paperwork Is Safe • • • • •

Medical Power of Attorney Property Tax Receipts Trust Documents Product Warranties Wills

Copies with Attorney, Agent, or Relative: • • • • • •

Burial Instructions Financial Power of Attorney Medical Power of Attorney Trust Documents Living Will Wills

including certifications, licenses, or deeds. These documents include tax records and receipts (seven years); pay stubs and bank statements (one year); medical records and bills (at least one year); warranties and receipts (as long as you own the products). Documents that you only need to keep the most recent version include Social Security statements, annual insurance statements, and retirement plan statements. If you have any questions about what to save and what to shred, give us a call at (239) 461-5999, or stop by our office on The Island.

In general, keep physical copies of anything related to state or federal matters, Shell Point Life | December 2015



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Nature’s Notebook

The Giving Tree

A TALE OF GREEN AND GOLD I sat cross-legged on the floor transfixed by the utter greenness of the Grinch. Much like the cobra is mesmerized by the charmer, I was engrossed in this amorphous, slithering creature. The culminating horror was palatable when the foul beast broke into the home of the little “Who” girl. I watched with simultaneous empathy and revulsion on that prematurely dark November night in 1966: He slunk to the icebox. He took the Who’s feast. He took the Who pudding. He took the roast beast. He cleaned out the icebox as quick as a flash. Why, that Grinch even took the last can of Who hash. As a young boy, I could not comprehend anything more disturbing than the theft of Cindy Lou Who’s Christmas dinner and presents, but luckily Theodor Seuss Geisel crafted a moralistic tale that reformed the grouchy, green Grinch before the end of the 30-minute program: It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags! He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!

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ity to create the element of nitrogen in their roots, which enriches the soil for other plants. Nitrogen is one of the essential elements that all plants need to grow and thrive. How the plants perform “biological nitrogen fixing” is even more miraculous because they form a symbiotic relationship with a primitive bacterium to gather nitrogen from the atmosphere and deposit it into root nodules.

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the joy of fellowship in Whoville. But in the world of horticulture, plants and trees seem to me to behave a whole lot more like the old Grinch than the transformed one. What of the plants, the shrubs, and the trees. Their roots are so greedy, they guzzle with glee. Canopies are grown to shade out their neighbor, Seeds are dispersed to monopolize and conquer. Although not wishing to anthropomorphize trees, I began to wonder if species in the plant kingdom can behave altruistically, or whether the law of survival of the fittest is strictly enforced – even during Christmas time. I did not consider plants that solely benefit humans with fruits or seeds that we like to eat, but rather plants that benefit all other botanical species. Scientists call the plant family Fabaceae, but we know them as legumes or beans and peas. These plants have a remarkable abil-

Known as a pioneer species, the Scrambled Egg Tree thrives in areas with poor soils. Senna surattensis can often be found in places where nothing else can grow. As a small tree, the canopy can shed leaves that enrich the soil with organic matter, while simultaneously adding nitrogen. Like a triumphant Grinch sledding down the slopes of Mount Crumpit, the Scrambled Egg Tree benefits all the other plant species that grow in its shadow. Ironically, the benevolence of the “senna” tree can create a forest from the wasteland that will eventually supplant the original Scrambled Egg Tree colony. Luckily, for residents of Shell Point, the Scrambled Egg Tree near Eagles Preserve, gives not only the gift of soil fertility, it also produces bountiful yellow blossoms, just in time for Christmas. I like to think of the thousands of deep yellow flowers like the Whoville choir looking to the star above and celebrating the joy of Christmas: Welcome Christmas, come this way! Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day! Christmas Day is in our grasp! So long as we have hands to clasp!

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Why Is My Hair Thinning? Every hair on your head has three cycles of life. Anagen is the active growth phase, which lasts two to six years. The Catagen phase is called the transition phase, which lasts two to three weeks. Finally, the Telogen, or resting, phase is when the hair falls out. Fortunately, every hair strand is not in the same phase at the same time; otherwise everyone would periodically experience a time of complete baldness. The key to growing and maintaining healthy hair is to extend the life cycle of each hair strand as long as possible. The degree of thinning that an individual experiences can vary due to stress, UV ray exposure, genetics, health, medications, and hair follicle sensitivity to the hormone, Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Androgenetic alopecia, or “pattern baldness,” occurs in both men and women whose hair follicles are sensitive to DHT, a primary cause of thinning hair. Typically, hair on the top and front of the head is the most sensitive to DHT. Over time, this hair will become weaker

and finer until the follicle cannot produce a hair strand. Cleansers, conditioners, and treatments, such as Bosley Professional, that contain certain botanical benefits may help in maintaining hair density. Bosley has developed a complex to help create ideal conditions for healthy hair and scalp. Their LifeXtend Complex combines marine ingredients to inhibit toxins; pentapeptides to strengthen and fortify; and apple stem cell extract to support growth and preservation. Bosley also offers a Minoxidil product, which has been proven in clinical trials to help stop hair loss and stimulate regrowth of hair that is dormant. If you are interested in learning more about Bosley Professional, please ask our Shell Point stylists or feel free to call me at the Salon & Spa, 489-8402. Also, don’t miss the Health Connection class, “Why is My Hair Thinning, and What Can I Do?” on Thursday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sabal Room in The Woodlands. Sign-up is required; contact either service desk.

Give the gift of Ahhh…

Purchase a Salon Gift Certificate for $100

Receive $10 free! Home delivery upon request for Shell Point residents on Christmas Eve day!

Peppermint Twist

Body Bliss

One hour for $70 Revive dry skin with our peppermint body exfoliation to reveal a silky smooth finish combined with a relaxing Swedish massage.

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Pick 3 services from the following: • 60-minute Warm Stone Massage or Algomask Treatment Facial • 30-minute Body Scrub or 30-minute Swedish Massage • Classic Manicure or Shampoo & Style

Fa-La-La Facial

One hour for $78 This deeply hydrating anti-aging treatment that will leave you so relaxed you will feel like melting.

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Hoe-Down Draws a Country Crowd

Draws a Country Crowd

Authentic country spirit vibrated across The Island as the Shell Point community celebrated its annual fall event. “Hometown Hoe-Down” rushed in like a stampeding herd of wild horses, rustling up square dancers and cowpokes alike. The festival included game booths with prizes, a country market, horsedrawn hayrides, petting zoo, and Too Tall Torrie, the stilt walker. A delicious BBQ lunch featured western favorites, like hot dogs, baked beans, and corn on the cob, along with sweet tea and kettle corn. Western music filled the Administration courtyard, a perfect balance to the kerchiefs, dungarees, and straw hats that energized the event. A court chili cook-off competition and pie-eating contest brought cheers from the spectators.

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Cub Scout Pack Honors America’s Veterans at Flag Ceremony Periwinkle resident Larry McBee accompanied the boys from local Cub Scouts Pack 140 as they presented the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Shell Point Veterans Day celebration held in The Village Church on November 11. Younger scouts handed out small flags to the more than 300 veterans and guests who came to enjoy a patriotic concert by Craig S. Williams, West Point organist and choirmaster. “The scouts learn about flag etiquette as part of their training and rehearsed this presentation,” said Larry, who reached the highest level Eagle Scout as part of the Hoosier Trails Council in Indiana. “I deeply respect those who have sacrificed for us by serving in the military.” A charter representative to the local pack from nearby Faith United Methodist Church, Larry serves the scouts as an older mentor, coaching them on character development and helping them build a strong future. He recently returned from a two-night camping and canoeing trip on the Peace River. “We give it a chance and work with the boys to make incremental advances; some will take advantage of our help,” he said.

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These informal interchanges focus on discovery rather than dogma; there are no dumb questions. As people share experiences and opinions, new friendships form, and we learn from each other. Alpha is of special appeal to those who may not attend church, but are seeking answers to life’s important questions. It also offers insights to those who are uncertain of their beliefs or want a refresher course in Christianity. More information can be found online by searching “The Alpha Course USA.” This course is free to participants, underwritten by The Village Church. Space is limited and fills quickly, so call the Church office at 454-2147 before January 7 to register.

2016 Season of Praise The 2015-2016 Season of Praise will celebrate God’s goodness. Inspirational concerts and worship celebrations are an integral part of the ongoing ministry of The Village Church. As residents and friends join together each week for worship services, the opportunities to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord abound and provide

spiritual renewal and refreshment. With singers, actors, solo and ensemble instrumentalists, pianists, organists, a brass band, and choirs, The Village Church is prepared for a mixture of inspirational experiences. “It is a joy for us to partner and present guest artists who encourage and inspire us with the artistic expressions of

Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass Sunday, January 10, at 6:15 p.m.

Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass, featuring three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion, and keyboard, creates a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as “superb in every way,” “innovative and well played,” and “truly, an unforgettable experience!” The King’s Brass, formed more than two decades ago, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country who desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship.



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their faith,” said Randy Woods, minister of Worship and Music. The Village Church is pleased to present the 2015-2016 Season of Praise. All concerts require the purchase of a non-refundable $10 ticket and are available at the church office or online at praise. For more information, call (239) 454-2147.

Rachel Park, Pianist Easter Sunday March 27, at 6:15 p.m. A native Korean, Rachel is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas, where she received a Master of Music/Piano Performance degree. Currently, Rachel also serves as the pianist for Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass. She has also served the Pilgrim Ensemble of Korea as pianist for seven years and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Cathedral, and the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. She was one of the winners of the 2011 Piano Texas International Academy & Festival Concerto Competition, and soloed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Tenore, Men’s Trio Sunday, April 17, at 6:15 p.m.

Indiana Wesleyan University Concert Choir Wednesday, March 9, at 7:15 p.m.

The sanctuary will be filled with the energy and zeal of youth as we welcome the Indiana Wesleyan University Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Todd Guy. Because this choir strives to present the finest level of performance and ministry in chorale music, membership in the University Chorale is decided by competitive audition and represents a wide spectrum of majors. Chorale concerts consist of a diverse repertoire of music, including sacred classics, hymns, spirituals, and contemporary compositions.

This four-time Gospel Music Association award-winning men’s trio exploded onto the Canadian music scene in 2011 with their debut album, “Sing presents...Tenore,” soaring to international acclaim. They have performed from Kampala to California, and are known for their powerhouse vocals, charisma, and invitations with audiences everywhere to sing along with them, creating a powerful, inspiring concert experience. Tenore includes Mark David Williams, David Wise, and Jason Catron. Their story is one that has crisscrossed the globe, bringing their inspirational music and joy to fans around the world for the glory of God. Shell Point Life | December 2015


Celebrate Christmas at The Village Church

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Christmas is a celebration of God’s great love for us demonstrated in the birth of a baby born in Bethlehem. C.S. Lewis calls this amazing birth “a grand miracle. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.” The Incarnation is a sacred event so thrilling, so humbling, so mystifying that we must stand breathless in wonder and awe. Join us throughout the Christmas season as we celebrate the miracle of God’s love during each worship service and special program. Sunday morning worship services are at 10:15 a.m., and Sunday evening praise services are at 6:15 p.m.

Christmas with C.S. Lewis Sunday, December 6, at 6:15 p.m.

It’s December 1962, and snow is on the ground. British novelist C.S. Lewis is entertaining a group of American journalists in England. He shares stories of family, friends, and coming to faith. Lewis continues with stories about writing The Chronicles of Narnia and thoughts on British Christmas traditions, including the ultimate story of the Incarnation. British actor, David Payne, brings C.S. Lewis to life in this 90-minute, one-man, dramatic Christmas presentation. Tickets are $10 each, and are available in the church office or at:




Celebrating the Savior’s Birth with Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 13, at 6:15 p.m.

This Christmas worship celebration will include scripture readings, carol singing, and Christmas music performed by the 100 voices of The Village Church Choir and guest organist, Dr. Ronald Boud. After graduating, with a master’s degrees m the American Conservatory of Music, Dr. Boud earned a DMA degree from the School of Church Music of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as organist for Leighton Ford and other associate evangelists of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Before retiring and recently moving to The Estuary at Shell Point, Dr. Boud served as a Professor of Music at Union University and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee. Everyone is welcome to this musical Christmas celebration to appreciate the retelling of the prophecy of Christ with scripture lessons and carols that recount the message of God’s plan for redemption.

Christmas Eve Carols & Candlelight Services Thursday, December 24, at 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Come celebrate the “Birthday of a King” as we retell the Christmas story and sing our praises to the Christ Child by candlelight. To accommodate the crowd and provide additional parking, there will be a late afternoon service at 4:15 p.m. and an evening service at 7:15 pm. Enjoy gathering with your family and friends on the eve of our Savior’s birth for a special Candlelight Service; both services will include caroling, candlelight, special music, and an inspirational message from Rev. Andy Hawkins, Senior Pastor.


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The Bible’s ethics are upside down, at least compared to the way the world usually operates. God’s way of making a mark in the world is to die to self and live for Christ (Matthew 16:25). Jesus’ own modus operandi was to empty Himself, taking the form of a “bondservant” in order to secure redemption for humanity (Philippians 2:7.8). The Bible urges followers of Jesus to pursue that very lifestyle when it says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus...” (Philippians 2:5). If you want a visual aid for this kind of lifestyle, look no farther than Dr. Sue Stranahan. Sue will retire at the end of December as Director of Spiritual Services at Shell Point and Minister of Spiritual Care at The Village Church. She has left an indelible mark on the Shell Point community, all because of her selfless service, a life lived for others, and an overriding concern for the glory of God. Sue’s approach to living by faith has been consistently applied across three careers. She was deployed by the Christian & Missionary Alliance in 1968 as a nurse in a mission hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She left her mark there for the better part of 17 years as she trained Congolese nurses, many of whom continue to enhance the welfare of their people. She returned to the United States in 1984, and pursued her doctorate in public health at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1987, she assumed a teaching position in the graduate nursing program at

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Indiana Wesleyan University and eventually became the chair of the Division of Nursing. Once again, she lived her life for others for the glory of God, as she trained a generation of nurses who would use their skills to bless people in the U.S. and abroad. In 2001, Sue took a sabbatical to study spiritual care. She came to Shell Point to work in The Larsen Pavilion under the oversight of Rev. Ken Nesselroade, who was associate pastor of The Village Church at that time. When she left, the Senior Pastor, Rev. Jim Davey, asked her to write a job description for a healthcare

chaplain position. She returned to Indiana Wesleyan, only to receive a call from The Village Church asking her to assume the job she had envisioned. And so, career number three was off and running, and the Director of Spiritual Care role was born. Once again, Sue’s time at Shell Point has been a life lived for others to the glory of God. She has ministered to many residents in the licensed facilities over the years, trained a number of assistant chaplains, and continued to prepare the way for her successor, Sunny Torres. She has served faithfully as a valued staff member and church leader under both Rev. Nesselroade and myself, always exhibiting a humility, grace, and wisdom that has contributed a pervasive spiritual presence in the community and the church. She has made her mark, and left a legacy that will continue to bless us for years to come. Don’t forget the principles by which Sue pursued her life: “... that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, and that to give is to receive” (from The Valley of Vision).

A retirement celebration of Sue’s three careers and her life lived for Christ and for others will take place on Sunday, December 20, at 2:15 p.m. at The Village Church. Everyone is invited. Contact the church office at (239) 454-2147 for details. Shell Point Life | December 2015


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Elvis entered the party (played by Glenn McFarland), joining 60 fellow Lakewood residents who had a chance to rock and bop around the clock with this 1950s music legend at the sock hop held in mid-October. Squealing fans swooned as Elvis sang “Don’t Be Cruel” and tied scarves around their necks. Tables were decorated with pedestals of classic records – 45s, 33s, and 78s retrieved from the Community Thrift Store. After dinner, Coquina residents Carol and Ted Ashley taught line dances as residents shuffled and swayed in letter sweaters, blue jeans, bobby socks, and saddle shoes.

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Joyce and Glenn McFarland, who performed a perfect-pitched Elvis.

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Shell Point Life December 2015  

Monthly magazine that highlights the amazing lifestyle and wonderful persons that make our retirement community truly unique.

Shell Point Life December 2015  

Monthly magazine that highlights the amazing lifestyle and wonderful persons that make our retirement community truly unique.