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Caring, Serving and Satisfying After finishing medical school and completing his residency, Dr. David Nesselroade’s path took him from working at a Navajo Reservation hospital in Fort Defiance, Arizona; to teaching at his alma mater, West Virginia University; to answering the call for what would become a 36-year ministry caring for, serving and satisfying the residents of Shell Point. On page 4, Dr. Nesselroade


From the Church to the Tribby

Traditions Two beloved Shell Point traditions benefiting Shell Point employees’ children and grandchildren bring to life our Core Beliefs of Life, Love, Stewardship and Integrity: Vacation Bible School and the Annual School Supply Drive. See all the smiling faces starting on pages 36 and 50.

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–Isaiah 55:12

reflects upon faith, family and his upcoming retirement.

The Tribby Arts Center’s new exhibition, Unconfined Creativity: Works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project, is a collaboration with The Village Church and its Crossroads Prison Ministry. On page 12, you’ll learn about how Crossroads came to Shell Point and the residents who helped bring awareness of the ministry’s mission to both Shell Point residents and Tribby visitors.


The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a wellwatered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Academy of Lifelong Learning..................22

Connections Corner.........48

Happenings Calendar....38

The Village Church.............63

At The Tribby.............................24 Support Groups....................46

Out and About......................58

Natures Notebook..............64

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New Conductor The Shell Point Singers’ Board of Directors has introduced the group’s new choral director, Dr. Mackenzie Albert. A professional choral, opera and orchestra conductor from the New York tri-state area, Mackenzie relocated to Florida to adopt two children. For the past year, she has served as Director of Music at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, and she is also Artistic Director of the new Florida Early Music Festival. “I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to direct the Shell Point Singers,” said Mackenzie. “A decade ago, I brought madrigal groups from Mannes School of Music in New York to sing several Christmas performances, and Shell Point residents hosted them. To conduct the Shell Point Singers feels like coming home.”

Mackenzie’s background in opera has included positions at San Francisco Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Spoleto Festival, where she worked with Renato Bryson, Luciano Pavarotti, and Renata Scotto, among other artists. As an orchestral conductor, Mackenzie has directed the Riverside Symphony, Danbury Symphony, and Massapequa Philharmonic, as well as the Connecticut Concerto Consort. “The Shell Point Singers have been fortunate to have had the talents of Randy Woods, Peter Enns and Neil Fichthorn teaching the singers to perform beyond their own expecta-

tions,” said Resident Leader and current Board President Lynn Tutton. “Mackenzie will continue to do the same, and more.” Board member Don Fagnan added, “Mackenzie has an extensive choral background, with particular emphasis on classical choral works. She has organized several different types of events over her career – most recently, a Messiah sing-along on Sanibel. I am looking forward to singing under her directorship this upcoming year. It should be a rewarding challenge.” “It’s exciting to consider where we might take the Shell Point Singers,” said Mackenzie. “I’m looking forward to growing the group and producing a remarkable season.” The Singers begin rehearsing for their 30th Anniversary season on Monday, September 12 at 3 p.m. For more information and to join the group, contact President Lynn Tutton at

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Caring, Serving Satisfying the

Residents of Shell Point As he prepares for retirement, Dr. David Nesselroade reflects on his 36-year ministry at Shell Point.

By Lynn Schneider

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rowing up in the hills of Parkersburg, West Virginia, David Nesselroade was born in 1946, the fifth son of John and Emma Nesselroade. Fortunately for Emma, who was busy day and night running her household of little men, her sixth child was a little girl. After that, the family was complete. Parents often desire for their children what they themselves never had. Such was the case of John and Emma. Both John, who worked in a steel fabrication factory five days a week and preached in church on Sunday, and his wife Emma, who was a housewife, never got past the eighth grade. So, it was important to them that their children had the opportunity to get a good education. The results of that desire were impressive as each of the six children attended college and enjoyed professional success in

their chosen fields: The oldest, Edward, became a vice president with a national firm, John the second brother became a psychologist, and third brother, Dale became a pharmacist. Ken, who was three years older than Dave, became a pastor, and Nancy, the youngest of the siblings was a schoolteacher and a minister of music in her church. John and Emma became Christians after the birth of their third son and began attending church regularly. John felt called to preach and traveled a circuit of five small country churches before eventually becoming a full-time pastor at Evangelical United Brethren in Vienna, which later merged with The Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church. Dave attended Mount Carmel High School and when he was 17, he started working six days a week during the summer driving a dynamite truck for the Teamsters. “Construction was underway on Interstate-77,” said Dave. “I would drive my truck to the top of a hill and they would unload the dynamite and then use the truck as the detonator to set off the charges. You could hear the blast for miles.” Following high school, Dave continued his Teamster part-time job during the summers while he attended Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (now Kentucky Mountain Bible College) for three years and tried to decide what he was going to do with his life. “I had no clue what I was going to do after bible college,” he said. “That’s when my brother, Ken, asked if I might want to be a doctor and it just clicked. I suddenly knew what

I was going to do.” “I knew that Asbury College in Lexington, Kentucky had a good premed program so I applied there and was accepted. I was able to get through in three years with the credits I had from bible college. Next, I applied to the West Virginia School of Medicine because it was the one I could afford. Through the first summer I was still working as a Teamster, but in the second year I started going full-time."

Love at First Sight

During his fourth year of medical school, Dave met his future wife, Julianne Lewandowsky, who was attending the same school in the nursing program. “I saw her in the cafeteria and she knocked me off my feet,” said Dave. “That Sunday evening, I saw her at my church and that’s when I knew she was the one for me!” Julianne remembers the moment at church vividly. “I glanced over and saw this man sitting in the back row and, when he saw me, his mouth dropped open and his eyes got big. I didn’t know who he was,

Dave and Julianne married in 1975 in Morgantown, West Virginia.


but I was interested in finding out.” The following week in church, the couple officially met. Their first official date was a football game followed by dinner. Dave graduated from medical school in 1974 and Julianne finished nursing school in 1975. The couple married on July 21, 1975 in Morgantown and Dave finished his internship and residency at West Virginia School of Medicine in 1977. Dave had a friend who wanted him to join his family practice, but the couple felt they were being called to some form of ministry. They attended a conference hosted by the National Health Service, which oversaw the National Indian Health Service. Dave was offered a two-year contract and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander (Naval appointment) in the U.S. Public Health Service and assigned to the Navajo Reservation at Fort Defiance, Arizona. “It was quite a culture shock when we first moved there,” said Julianne. “The terrain was so different from anything we had ever seen. It was very red and consisted Dave and Julianne served two years on the Navajo reservation at Fort Defiance, Arizona.

His Greatest Gifts of

Spend just a little time with Dave Nesselroade and conversation is bound to come around to his two children, daughter Leann and son Ryan. Dave's children grew up around Shell Point and it's a time he remembers with great fondness. Now, both children are grown with families of their own, so Dave is looking forward to spending even more time with them once he is retired.

Julianne and David Nesselroade with their daughter, Leann and their son-in-law, Jeremy on their wedding day. Following his father's footsteps, David's son Ryan also became a doctor. Ryan is currently an emergency room doctor in Tampa.

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of dry rocks. The sunsets were stunning because there was so much dust in the air.” “In the beginning, we were miserable and we almost gave up because we couldn’t find a church,” she said. “Finally, we found a little Navajo Bible Church that we got involved in and that’s where we attended. It was a combination of mostly Navajos with a few Anglos. The pastor was Indian, but his wife was Anglo so the services were in English. We helped with Sunday School and vacation Bible school, and we helped cook lunches to feed the children at the church.” “It turned out to be a very meaningful two years,” said Dave. The couple both worked in the Fort Defiance Hospital on the reservation for two years, Dave as a general practitioner and Julianne as a parttime nurse in surgery and the ICU. Their daughter, Leann, was born on the reservation in 1978. “It was a very different atmosphere,” he said. “Sadly, there was a lot of alcoholism and every Saturday night there were knifings and shootings that sent young men into the emergency room. The average age of death for men was 35.” Dave’s service in Arizona paid 60% of his student loans and fulfilled his military obligation. When he completed his service, the couple returned to Morgantown in 1979, where Dave joined the faculty at his alma mater West Virginia University teaching in the residency program, first as an assistant and then associate professor. “We loved going back to Morgantown,” said Julianne. “It was wonderful to go back to our old church, which was full of young

Through his 36-year career at Shell Point, Dr. David Nesselroade has been a guiding light and inspiration to both residents and staff.


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couples having children. There was a great youth department for the kids. It was a great time to be there. Our son Ryan was born in 1981 in Morgantown. We really thought we would be there permanently and we settled in.”

Answering the Call

Although they were happy living in Morgantown, Dave and Julianne felt themselves being pulled in another direction. “For several years, we knew God was calling us to service, so we attended a missions conference in 1985 at Fairhaven Church in Dayton, Ohio. However, on our drive home we were struggling because we felt like that call dropped. We were concerned that God was telling us He couldn’t use us for some reason but we didn’t know why. We ended up inviting our pastor and his wife to come over to dinner to talk with us. Our pastor told us he didn’t see any reason that God would feel He couldn’t use us, but to keep ourselves open and ready to go at any time.” “A year later, on April 9, 1986, I received a phone call from Peter Dys,” said Dave. “Peter Dys was the Executive Director of a place called Shell Point Village (now Shell Point Retirement Community) in Fort Myers, Florida. Peter had attended the same Alliance Church in Morgantown that I attended while in medical school, but our paths never crossed. However, two mutual acquaintances gave Peter my name as a recommendation for the position he was trying to fill.” “I knew on the phone instantly that

this was it. We had prayed for a year and thought that God was calling us to a foreign mission field and then Pete called to ask us to move to Southwest Florida where I would serve as a doctor,” said Dave. “When I hung up the phone, my daughter Leann asked me, ‘Daddy, what is it? Your face is glowing!’” “We didn’t even know what Shell Point was,” said Julianne. “All we knew was that we had been cutting stamps for the stamp ministry there.” But, before Dave even came for his interview, the couple received confirmation that they were being called to Shell Point. “As we were sitting in the service at our church in Morgantown, the scripture reading was Isaiah 58:11 and 12,” said Dave. “Julianne opened her Bible to the reference and it was marked with the name “Ann H.” along with the date one year, plus a day, before.” The scripture reference seemed to jump off the page. “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” “That confirmed it,” said Dave. Julianne agreed, “This hit me like a ton of bricks. My friend had given me this scripture reference a year before as an encouragement and here we were getting ready to go to this very hot, very sunny place,

As Shell Point has grown as a community, the management has done a beautiful job of growing the medical program, never wavering in its commitment to excellent health care.

among all these older people who would definitely need Dave’s help to be restored physically! How much more obvious could it be?” On May 7, Dave and Julianne came down. Dave interviewed with Peter Dys and immediately accepted the position. By August the family was in Fort Myers. Julianne described their arrival at Shell Point. “Driving down Shell Point

Boulevard at night was kind of creepy. There was no main entrance, just a long, dark road that passed a bunch of brush and mangroves, but then it opened up to this beautiful island of Shell Point. I thought serving on the mission field meant you had to suffer, but this was a beautiful paradise.” It took some time for the small family to acclimate to their new surroundings and

to make friends, but there were two more instances when the couple felt their decision to move was validated. “I had to take the national boards in family medicine and my license arrived the same day I started working here,” said Dave. “Also, our new home was located on Fairhaven Drive in Palm Acres, which reminded us of the missions conference we attended at Fairhaven Church in Dayton, Ohio.”

Left: In 2005, Shell Point President Peter Dys presented Dr. Nesselroade with a distinguished service award. Right: In 2020, Dr. Nesselroade was honored with the Quality Champion Award by the Florida Society for PostAcute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

David Nesselroade began his career at Shell Point on August 14, 1986 as the Vice President of Medical Services. At the time, Shell Point consisted of only the 75-acre island with 800 residents. The medical center and the separate Pavilion skilled nursing were connected by an open, covered walkway between the two buildings. The King’s Crown assisted living facility was built shortly after Dave arrived. “This was my first time to work specifically with seniors,” said Dave. “I spent a half day a week doing rounds at The Pavilion and worked the rest of the time in the medical center. I made a lot of house calls in those days!” Dave and Julianne, and their two chil-

Dr. Gary Goforth with Dr. Nesselroade

dren who were five and eight at the time, joined The Village Church. “We decided before we moved here that we would go to church at Shell Point. We felt this position was not just a job, but a ministry. The church members felt very comfortable asking about medical problems when they saw me at church and we even had people show up at our house because they knew where I lived.” Soon, Dave became an elder and joined the governing board. Julianne volunteered in the small youth department. Both Dave and Julianne sang in the choir. Even the kids got involved in the puppet ministry. After 10 years as the VP of Medical Services, Dr. Nesselroade began seeing patients in the Pavilion full-time as a staff

physician. He has helped thousands of Shell Point residents during his time here. “I am very proud of how the medical program has evolved here at Shell Point,” said Dave. “As Shell Point has grown as a community, the management has done a beautiful job of growing the medical program, never wavering in its commitment to excellent health care,” he said. “I am also very proud with the way Shell Point handled the Covid situation. They did a wonderful job and I think they are doing their best to retain good people.” “I have two great loves in my life. Jesus and Julianne. I could not have made it here without both of them,” said Dave. “Everything I have done, I have tried to do

People always say that when you retire you need a plan. Julianne semi-retired a few years ago and I am looking forward to spending more time with her. After all these years, she still knocks my socks off.

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David with Dr. Lynda Hicks

David with Amy Dudley

Through the years I have worked with so many wonderful professionals. I worked closely with Dr. Lynda Hicks for 25 years and Amy Dudley, ARNP for more than a decade.

Retirement Plans

“People always say that when you retire you need a plan. My wife semi-retired a few years ago and I am looking forward to spending more time with her. After all these years, she still knocks my socks off. One of the things we have planned is a Viking cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam. Along the way, we will get to explore the German Christmas markets, which is something I have always wanted to see.” “I also look forward to studying the Bible for a couple of hours a day. Plus, my

for Jesus—but in everything, Julie has been right here with me. That is me. That’s my heart.” “I have been privileged to do a lot at church and that has given me a real chance to express my love for Jesus as well. I also have a special appreciation in my heart for Peter Dys—not only calling me here, but mentoring me as well. Everything I learned about leadership I learned from him.” “Through the years I have worked with so many wonderful professionals. I worked closely with Dr. Lynda Hicks for 25 years and Amy Dudley, ARNP for more than a decade. I also really appreciate the leadership of Dr. Goforth.” “I came knowing this would be a ministry and I feel that God created me for Shell Point and Shell Point for me. It has been a wonderful, wonderful experience. God has given me a special love for the residents. I love them. I have felt personally fulfilled in every way here and done my best to help fulfill the lives of the residents.”

brother and I play golf every Saturday with a group from the church and I hope to play more now that I am not working. I also hope to find an opportunity to volunteer, but it will be in something entirely different than medicine!” “Most importantly, we want to spend more time with our children and grandchildren. Leann and her husband, Jeremy, live in Naples with their two children Victoria and Matthew. And our son, Ryan, who is an emergency room doctor, lives with his wife, Meghan and their daughter, Saylor, in Tampa. We have an additional grandchild coming soon through adoption.” As Dave thoughtfully concluded, “I am grateful for the life God has given me and I want to finish strong here at Shell Point and find further ways in which I can serve my Lord Jesus.”

Dr. Nesselroade is an avid golfer and has played regularly in the Legacy's Shell Point Open tournament with three of his brothers. Over the years, David sang with a quartet at various Shell Point events.

Residents are cordially invited

Celebration of R etirement D R . D AV I D N E S S E L R O A D E

Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. Grand Cypress Room The celebration will include a brief program h o n o r i n g D r. N e s s e l r o a d e ’s 3 6 - y e a r m i n i s t r y caring for Shell Point residents. R S V P AT Y O U R C O N C I E R G E D E S K . LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

The Prison Art Project illuminates the image of God within men and women in prison by sharing their artistic creations with those outside prison.

The Magi’s Gifts, by Nicholas H.

Unconfined Creativity The Transformative Power of the Crossroads Prison Art Project In partnership with The Village Church at Shell Point, Tribby Arts Center is presenting Unconfined Creativity: Works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project from Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 22. The exhibition in the Tribby's Shell Point Gallery features more than 100 works collected over nearly two decades by Crossroads Prison Ministries, a correspondence Bible study program that serves 29,000 incarcerated men and women annually throughout the United States and through distribution centers in many other countries. The Ministry and the Mission Crossroads aims to help people view those in prison as brothers and sisters in Christ, created in the image of God with innate value and creativity, and to compel them to get involved with God’s restorative work in prisons around the world. Crossroads’ mission is to connect people in prisons with mentors from churches to develop Christ-centered relationships as they study God’s Word together. Every week, along with the Bible stud12

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ies, the Crossroads Prison Ministries office receives submissions from Crossroads students with amazing artistic gifts. These art pieces often capture the thoughts, emotions and life experiences of each artist. With the belief that everyone has a story worth telling, the Crossroads Prison Art Project shares the stories of men and women in prison by sharing their art. By publishing and displaying their artistic creations, the Prison Art Project restores dignity to those who create the art and transforms the hearts of those who view the art. “We are humbled and amazed by the artwork we receive from our talented students. The art often reflects the ingenuity of our students, many of whom use everyday objects to create their art since they can’t afford or don’t have access to art supplies,” said Eliezer Yeong, who serves as Coordinator for the Crossroads Prison Art Project. Crossroads at Shell Point Vida Burgess (The Arbor) brought the Crossroads Prison

Ministry to Shell Point more than ten years ago. A Michigan native, Vida spent many years working as a nurse and schoolteacher while her husband, Dick, served as a pastor. The couple moved to Florida in 1990, and in 2002, Vida learned about what was then called Crossroad Bible Institute at the Living Word Church in New Port Richey. After the person who introduced the program to the Church moved, Vida volunteered to serve as the Mentor Coordinator. Over time, Vida grew her church’s Crossroads program to more than 30 mentors.

Faith Cove, by Gregory S.

Vida Burgess (The Arbor) is holding the lessons she used with James when he was a student from 2011 to 2014. Now, as a new mentor, James is holding copies of the lessons he is now using with his incarcerated students. “All the lesson covers used are artwork done by our students,” said Vida, who is celebrating her 20th year as a Crossroads mentor this December. Crossroads provides Bible study courses to prisoners free of charge. Each is broken up into bite-sized lessons. “There are three levels: an introductory series of Bible studies called Tier One, an in-depth Tier Two course that takes three to four years to complete; and a college-level study that dives deep into theology and leadership,” explained Vida. “Each is designed to help Crossroads students progressively learn more about God and how to follow Him with the help of their mentors.” Upon completing a lesson, the prisoner mails it back to Crossroads. Crossroads sends the next lesson to the student while forwarding the completed lesson to a volunteer mentor like Vida. The mentor then reviews it, writing a comment on each page and answering any questions the student may have had. The mentor also writes a letter of encouragement to the prisoner. “The mentorship role is a key part of the prison ministry. “You’re not just ‘correcting’ lessons. It’s about affirming their growth and providing encouragement as they continue to learn,” said Vida. Vida recalls how she and Dick returned to Michigan each summer and volunteered in Crossroads’ Grand Rapids office. “I remember noticing how the staff would display the drawings the prisoners added to their lesson envelopes,” said

Vida. “It was the start of what has grown to become the Prison Art Project.” When Vida and Dick moved to Shell Point in 2011, no one here had heard of Crossroads. “I was excited about introducing the program, but only a few people were interested,” she said. The ministry grew slowly, with just a handful of participants. Karen Solomon, Director of Church Operations, said after speaking with Vida, they agreed to bring the Crossroads ministry to the attention of The Village Church congregation in January of 2019. “That’s when I made the challenge for

men to get involved,” said Karen. Vida noted that once The Village Church started supporting the program, it really started to blossom. Since then, participation in the Crossroads ministry has more than doubled to 23 mentors, with men representing almost half of the group. “We are always open to new mentors, and Crossroads is especially looking for people who know the Spanish language,” said Karen. Don Pullen, Associate Pastor at The Village Church, added that residents at Shell Point know the value of giving of themselves to others.

Don Pullen, Associate Pastor at The Village Church, said his hope is that the Crossroads exhibition will help raise the awareness of the Crossroads Prison Ministry’s significant impact on the incarcerated. “Shell Point residents are making a difference with those in a hard place,” said Don. “And everyone who attends will be truly amazed at the talent displayed in the artwork, all of which were done within the walls of a prison. Their creativity cannot be confined!” Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Gary Reynolds (Cellana) assumed the role of liaison between Marge Lee (Lucina) and the Tribby, the Crossroads team, and the staff and mentor group at The Village Church. “My major role has been to try to keep all lines of communication open as we put the pieces together,” said Gary.

“They have lived their lives understanding that encouraging others to learn, grow, and make a difference with their lives not only helps the one on the receiving end, but the giver as well. Seeing their impact on others brings a wonderful sense of satisfaction and thankfulness,” said Don. “Our Crossroads Prison Ministry mentors continue to do that with their lives, serving those with some of the most challenging needs. Regardless of age, health or mobility issues, we can still be vessels that God uses for His purposes.”

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mentors group began to discuss the possibility of a “return engagement” – but on a larger scale in the Tribby Art Center. “The excitement this suggestion created was contagious. We immediately began to discuss that we did not want the exhibition to be exclusively for The Village Church congregation. We wanted to share it with the entire Shell Point community and even regionally, with churches and art groups alike.” Gary, an accomplished woodworker with pieces on display in the Tribby’s Serendipity Gift Shop, shared the group’s vision for the Crossroads exhibition with Marge Lee (Lucina), resident curator at the Tribby Arts Center. “As always, Marge was gracious and intrigued by the concept,” said Gary. “I shared with her some of the published artwork from the Crossroads project, as well as some of the information about the ministry itself.” Afterwards, Gary contacted Crossroads to gauge their interest in a two-month exhibition at the Tribby. Their response was overwhelmingly positive.

Humble Beginnings Gary Reynolds (Cellana) answered the call to become involved in the Crossroads ministry, and he has been a mentor for the past three and a half years. He’s found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience. “I always feel like I benefit more from it than the inmates with whom I interact,” he said. After learning the ministry had decided to start an official program to promote and encourage inmates to share their artistic gifts with the public, The Village Church invited the Crossroads Prison Ministries to visit in January 2020. The Church also hosted a small, simple exhibit of paintings and drawings that inmates had sent to the ministry headquarters. Approximately 20 The Crossroads Prison Art Project exhibit pieces on display were accomat The Village Church in 2020 inspired the Unconfined Creativity exhibition at the panied by short vignettes about Tribby Arts Center. or from the artists. “They became even more excited at “I was blown away by the artistic expressions of these often forgot- the prospect of displaying their project ten individuals who have been deemed in a venue unlike anything they had ever worthless by much of society,” said Gary. had available,” said Gary. “At that point. “Over the three or four days the exhibit I realized fully that God was at work in was in The Village Church, I kept this whole process. All we had to do was returning to soak in what these individ- be available to respond to His direction as uals were able to express and accomplish He guided us through this project.” Gary’s hope is that the community using the most minimal and sometimes will be impressed by the talent on display, surprising materials.” Gary said that about a year ago the but also challenged to possibly rethink

The Crossroads Prison Art Project also produces Threads, a quarterly arts journal that features visual art and poetry created by Crossroads students.

their attitudes and biases toward the incarcerated. “These individuals are as unique and individually talented as any other group of people in our society. They should not be ‘lumped together’ and simply housed in prisons so we in society do not have to think about them anymore,” said Gary. “Throughout this entire project, my thoughts and prayers have been repeatedly brought back to the Scripture in which Jesus said, ‘I was hungry and you fed me. I was in prison and you visited me.’ The disciples questioned, ‘When did we visit you in prison?” Jesus answered, “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.’ “For me, that sums up the “what,” the “why,” and the “for whom” we are doing this!” said Gary. From the Church to the Tribby While the Crossroads Prison Art Project’s collection of art has been displayed in churches, libraries and businesses across the country, Unconfined

Creativity at the Tribby will be their largest exhibition yet. “This exhibition is not just about the artwork,” said Marge. The reward lies in looking beyond artistic merit and medium to see its message: Faith and creativity can provide the strength to survive in difficult surroundings and the courage to change the direction of the path that led there. Through unconfined creativity, these incarcerated artists have discovered art’s power to transform, translate, and transport. In telling their stories and displaying their artworks, this exhibition invites you to see the humanity of artists who live behind bars.” Marge also noted the therapeutic benefits of creating art, adding, “Prison is cold and lonely by design. It lacks color, warmth, and joy. Creating art allows people in prison to escape that world and to be transported into another environment. As they create art, they often relive fond memories of beautiful places and time spent with their families. They also create art as an avenue to worship, finding inspiration in biblical stories.” An Academy of Lifelong Learning lecture complements the Unconfined Creativity exhibition. Crossroads Prison Art Project Coordinator Eliezer Yeong is the featured speaker at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 in Connie Brown Hall in the Tribby Arts Center. All are welcome to attend. “The Prison Art Project is important to us because it illustrates the humanity and transformation that takes place in the hearts of men and women in prison despite its challenges. In prison, identities are stripped away, names become numbers and worth is summarized by the crimes that have been committed,” said Yeong. “But through creative expression, we recognize that we are made in the image of God, and that when we create, we are

embodying the likeness of our Creator. Through Jesus Christ, we are transformed as artists, and—most importantly—we discover our identity as children of God.” The Unconfined Creativity exhibition at the Tribby represents the culmination of Vida’s two decades of dedication to the Crossroads ministry. It also presents another opportunity for Vida to see James, a former student whom she mentored for nearly four years.

Forgive, by Nick P.

“Through some miraculous events, we were able to reconnect about two years ago,” said Vida. “I am so proud of James. After his release in 2016, he completed Tier 3 of the Crossroads Bible Course. He is now fulfilling a calling he shared with me in his first letter in 2011 by serving as a Crossroads mentor himself.” James will be attending the Crossroads Academy class and the opening of the Unconfined Creativity exhibition at the Tribby. “We both feel so blessed,” said Vida. “God has worked a miracle.”

An Academy of Lifelong Learning lecture complements the Unconfined Creativity exhibition. Eliezer Yeong, Crossroads Prison Art Project Coordinator, is the featured speaker at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center. All are welcome to attend.

Epic Journeys Collection of Extraordinary Travel Experiences For over 15 years, Shell Point residents have been seizing the opportunity to live out their lifelong travel dreams through the partnership between Shell Point and Isings Travel’s Epic Journeys Collection. Expectations are exceeded consistently by Epic Journeys Collection through their meticulously planned and incredible experiences, wide-ranging choice of destinations, and especially the highest quality in care and personal attention provided by their professional trip managers. With over 55 years of expertise, Isings Travel provides Shell Point residents with wonderful new experiences in every journey they create. Come with us and travel for the excitement of learning about the uniqueness of new places, their history, culture, and their place in the natural world. While the destination may be the motivation to go, Shell Point and Isings Travel believe the experience is also in the journey—it really is true that “getting there


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is half the fun!” Select from destinations both near and far—for a few days or for longer journeys of discovery. There is an amazing trip designed especially for you! Discover America’s most amazing places by visiting a little piece of paradise cruising the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, exploring the Great Deserts and breathtaking Canyonlands of the Old West, or journeying through the Northern Rockies, into the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Glacier National Park while discovering the many local Native American Cultures. Or perhaps you would enjoy a delightful Caribbean cruise aboard the Nieuw Statendam, visiting the fascinating and beautiful ports of Key West, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Half Moon Cay. With our always-included door-todoor service directly to Ft. Lauderdale, this will be an easy and wonderful getaway. Want to experience storybook Europe? Cruise the Seine River, explore beautiful Paris to the Normandy Beaches, and take

the Chunnel Train to London. Or a captivating “Circle the British Isles Cruise” might appeal, featuring Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and Islands, visiting beautiful ports in Ireland and St. Peter’s Port in the Guernsey Islands. Isings Travel’s great attention to every detail and nimbleness to navigate changes, provide Shell Point residents the ability to travel with confidence and peace of mind. With “turn-key” travel—including doorto-door transportation,―all you do is pack, then relax and enjoy the journey! So pack your bags and join the fun on one of the new itineraries just announced by Shell Point and Isings Travel’s Epic Journeys Collection for once-in-a-lifetime memories! Contact Isings Travel at 1-800562-7672 for detailed flyers and reservations on any of these Epic Journeys. You are also welcome to come to any of the bi-monthly Travel Presentations at Shell Point to learn more details about these and additional future new trip offerings.


January 13

February 2

Hawaiian Islands Cruise from San Diego! 18 nights

Galapagos Island Cruise plus Quito, Ecuador 10 nights

March 18

March 24

Caribbean Cruise: Nieuw Statendam – Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios & more! 7 nights

Lower Mississippi River Cruise – New Orleans to Memphis 8 nights

April 11 The Virginias’ Iconic Historic Luxury Resorts – Greenbrier & Homestead 6 nights

May 30 Paris – Seine River Cruise to Normandy Beaches and Chunnel to London! 10 nights

July 15 Northern Rockies – Glacier National Park – Black Hills and The Great American Indian Cultures of the West 10 nights

May 14 The Great Deserts & Canyonlands of the American West 10 nights

June 12 Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel at Lilac Festival! 5 nights

August 7 Circle British Isles Cruise featuring Scotland & Ireland 15 nights



Each year, Shell Point residents say “thank you” to the community’s more than 1,200 employees through the Employee Christmas Fund Drive. Resident contributions, collected throughout the year, are given to grateful employees each December, resulting in a brighter and more joyous Christmas season for many. HERE ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO EXPRESS YOUR APPRECIATION: ♦ Write a check to Shell Point with Employee Christmas Fund on memo line. ♦ Set up an automatic recurring charge to your monthly bill online at ♦ Make a one-time charge to your monthly bill online at christmasfund. Check your mailbox this October for more information about The Employee Christmas Fund.

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German Buffet at The Crystal and a Water’s Edge Concert

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Willkommen! We’ll begin our Oktoberfest Celebration at The Crystal Restaurant with all traditional German favorites, including soft pretzels, German potato salad, pickled beet and sweet onion salad, pork schnitzel with potato pancakes, sauerbraten, caperbuttered cod, bratwurst and sauerkraut with sweet and sour cabbage. Finish your meal with delicious apple strudel and Black Forest cake! Reservations are required. Call the Crystal at (239) 454-2199. Buffet 4 – 6:30 p.m. $25 Beverages and gratuity not included.


After dinner, all are invited to join us at Friendship Point for a festive evening of music with Tom Cimarusti, accompanied by a group of select artists. You won’t want to miss out on this Oktoberfest-like event! Light refreshments will be served. No sign up is needed for the concert. Concert 6:30 p.m. Free


The Seagrape Salon & Spa transformation has begun! Once we get past some temporary inconvenience, the new Seagrape Salon & Spa will be better than ever. We are adding three additional hair styling stations, as well as an additional treatment room for massage and facials. The new treatment area will open directly into the locker rooms, making showers more easily accessible for body treatments. In addition, the manicure and pedicure area will be more private. It will be lovely once its completed, and I think you will find it worth the wait! In the meantime, the Seagrape Salon & Spa Staff will be working at other Shell

Point locations. Thankfully, we have a beautiful salon location at the Larsen Health Center – Waterside Salon. Hair stylists at this location using all the same great products from Seagrape. Our massage therapist will also be at the Waterside Salon providing rejuvenating massage therapy and facials in a beautiful treatment room. Waterside Salon is located on the second floor of the Larsen Health Center. When you enter the building, please stop at the reception desk to the left and sign in before heading to the elevator. Stop by the reception desk at Waterside Salon for assistance scheduling appointments. We are so fortunate to have space

for staff to work, doing what they love, while serving Shell Point residents during Seagrape’s remodel. We look forward to planning an Open House to share all the great improvements once the Seagrape Salon & Spa updates are complete! Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Shell Point Golf Club Hosts

Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association Golfers from the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association (SWFJGA) between the ages of 11 and 18 visited the beautifully maintained Shell Point Golf Club in August to tee off in their final eighteen-hole tournament of the season. The players’ skill levels varied, with some still fine-tuning their game and others preparing to play on a collegiate or even professional level. For more than 40 years, SWFJGA has been providing opportunities for developing players to explore the possibilities that reside within the golf world, as well as offering scholarships for those furthering their education in college. Additionally, the program assists in preparing players who intend to play professionally so that they might understand what professionallevel athletics entails. Most importantly, the association allows players to have fun doing something they love and to participate in a game they can play for life. As Director of the Shell Point Golf Club and Tournament Director of the SWFJGA, Paul Fitzpatrick coordinated hosting the association’s final season tournament here at Shell Point’s stunning par 71 championship golf course, or as he calls it, Shell Point’s “Hidden Gem.” After warming up on the 300-yard driving range, players began teeing off at 8:45 a.m. and were hitting the fairways in no time. While there was undoubtedly a sense of competitiveness in the air, it was evident that the Junior Golf Association had successfully instilled humility in its players, as groups were complimenting each other’s drives and rooting for others as they approached the greens. Players were able to make their way through the course by the late afternoon, with parents and residents enjoying the day.


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(L) Jaime Lowry, (R) Morgan Franklin

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Active Aging Week Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7 During Active Aging Week, we celebrate aging and the benefits of living actively at any age! This special week at Shell Point showcases the capabilities of older adults and helps spotlight ways to keep active—or get moving! The objective of this annual health event is to give active agers a means to experience wellness and exercise activities in a safe, supportive environment, while also promoting the benefits of a healthier, more active lifestyle.



Sleep and exercise have a bidirectional relationship as they both can impact each other, for better or worse. Amanda Spencer, MPH is a certified personal trainer and health coach who will explain the relationship between sleep and exercise, discuss key hormones, and explain how moderate exercise can positively impact sleep.

Join certified personal trainer Lindy Smith as she puts the FUN into FUNctional movement and introduces you to the joys of walking with Urban Poling/Activator Poles. While the poles aren't magic, research shows that using the poles correctly increases posture, balance, mobility, and gait confidence! This presentation will be part lecture on older adult body mechanics and a demo by Lindy.



This presentation will review the numerous benefits of walking as an exercise and ways to overcome challenges to walking. Topics covered in this lecture will include: normal walking and how it changes throughout the lifespan, characteristics of most common gait deviations, safety strategies to consider while walking, how to begin a walking program and monitor progress, role of assisted device in ambulation, and how to “walk the talk.”

Exercising is vital to health, but without proper form and technique, some movements can be dangerous. Starting an exercise program doesn’t have to be intimidating; join Shell Point’s Certified Personal Trainer, Mark Black, as he explains the benefits of working with a personal trainer and provides easy tips to safely get moving.

Monday, October 3 at 1 p.m. Social Center on the Island

Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. Social Center on the Island

Tuesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands

Thursday, October 6 at 1 p.m. Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands

12-MINUTE MINDFULNESS WELLNESS WORKSHOP WITH AMANDA SPENCER, MPH Friday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands

Based on new research from neuroscientists, we will explore how you can train your brain to pay attention more effectively in 12 minutes or less each day. Several exercises have been shown to help control focus to function at your mental peak just by employing some simple mindfulness practices. In this workshop, we will review the research, learn and practice the core mindfulness exercises, and provide you with a four-week plan to help lift mental fog, declutter your mind, strengthen focus, and live more mindfully. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Fall into the Academy of Lifelong Learning The Academy of Lifelong Learning is a central part of life on the Shell Point campus, and I am honored to be involved with bringing informative and engaging educational content to our residents as the Academy Coordinator. Many of you already know me from my previous role in the fitness department, or through Academy lectures such as Nutrition for Arthritis and Inflammation and Exercise for Better Sleep. But what you may not know

activity in our country, and what it really means when we are in “the cone.” She also touched on how to prepare for hurricane season and spoke to how safe the Shell Point campus would be if disaster were to strike. We are truly blessed to be at such a safe and secure location! We also hopped aboard a yellow submarine and emerged on the other side of the pond to take a look into the history of the Beatles with Dr. Thomas Cimarusti— just in time for the celebration of Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday. Residents learned the backstory of this iconic music group through both lecture and musical performances that were not to be missed. Singing along with some of the Beatles’ greatest hits unearthed wonderful NBC-2 Chief Meteorologist Allyson Rae educated us about new technology and prepared us for hurricane season. memories, while also is my educational background in public health and health education. I am a proud graduate of the University of West Florida, where I earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees. My passion is helping people understand complex health and wellness topics in a way that empowers them to live a healthy, fulfilled life. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to provide history, arts, technology and culture content to the Academy, but also expand on our wellness offerings to provide programs that resonate with all residents. Looking back on the past few months at the Academy, we enjoyed several fascinating programs together. NBC-2 chief meteorologist Allyson Rae spoke to us about hurricanes in the Connie Brown Hall, where residents learned about hurricane forecasting, the recent history of hurricane 22

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allowing us to make new ones with friends at Shell Point!

Professor Thomas Cimarusti took us on a musical journey from the Beatles’ early years through their rise to stardom.

The Academy also took us to one of the most spectacular countries in South America, Argentina, for a fun-filled day of activities. We started by celebrating the history and culture of Argentina with a presentation from world traveler Dr. John Thomas, who highlighted European influences in the country and the world famous Tango dance. The evening brought music and dance from Dr. Thomas Cimarusti and the Tango Ensemble, where music from the famous composer Astor Piazzolla was performed as the dancers displayed beautiful tango steps in gorgeous Argentine attire. Residents were also surprised with an Argentinean snack of delicious empanadas, which rounded out the magical day Dancers brought the world-famous Tango to of South American splendor. life on the Connie Brown Hall stage.

Friday, September 9 at 1 p.m. Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center

Eliezer Yeong, Coordinator of the Prison Art Project of the Crossroads Prison Ministry, will introduce a collection of 100 pieces created by men and women in prisons from all over the United States. Over 75 incarcerated artists share their stories as they provide insight into their motivations, faith, and life behind bars. This exhibition challenges common perceptions of prisoners and invites one to see the humanity of men and women behind bars. Everyone who attends will be truly amazed at the talent displayed in the artwork, all of which were done within the walls of a prison. Their creativity cannot be confined! Their artwork will be displayed in the Shell Point Gallery of the Tribby Arts Center from Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 22.

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LUNCH AND LEARN “THAT’S AMORE!”: AN AFTERNOON IN NAPLES, ITALY WITH DR. TOM CIMARUSTI Wednesday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands

Take a musical journey as Dr. Tom transports you to the enchanting sounds of Italy, from Neapolitan songs and tarantellas to classic Italian-American hits of Dean Martin and Louis Prima, and the heart-wrenching opera arias of Verdi and Puccini. Don’t forget those singing voices- there will be time for a frolicking rendition of “That’s Amore!”. Shell Point Dining will tantalize our taste buds with Neapolitan classics to complement the musical tour of Naples.


Upcoming Attractions




Thursday, October 13 at 1 p.m. Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands

Lately, “Cryptocurrency” is a buzzword. What is this digital or virtual currency? Join Mark Neids and Anthony Cetrangelo Jr. as they discuss the history of cryptocurrency, Blockchain, NFTs, and potential future uses. Our presenters Mark and Anthony work at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Naples, where they are sought-after speakers on business and intellectual property. Mark represents clients in acquisition and protection of copyrights, trademarks, privacy and data security, and provides strategies to manage risk and while ensuring legal compliance. Anthony has been recognized for his work with trusts and estate law, being named one of the “Top Lawyers” in Naples by Naples Illustrated for 2019-2020. You will not want to miss this informative session!

JAZZ DIVAS & LEGENDS: CONCERT AND CONVERSATION WITH AMY SBARRA AND THE SWINGIN’ CLIQUE Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center

Join the Academy for an enthralling night of Concert and Conversation as Amy Sbarra and the Swingin’ Clique perform Jazz Divas & Legends. This concert will feature the works of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and more. Residents will have the unique opportunity to speak with the artists about their craft and learn more about jazz music.


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In the Galleries UNCONFINED CREATIVITY: Works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project

Friday, September 9—Saturday, October 22 The Shell Point Gallery

One Nation Under God, by Carmine C.

This exhibition will present 100 works created by men and women in prisons across the United States. In the accompanying materials, the stories of more than 75 incarcerated artists provide insight into these artists’ motivations, faith, and life behind bars. This exhibition, sponsored in part by The Village Church, challenges common perceptions of prisoners and invites us to see the humanity of men and women behind bars.


Artworks by the Glass and Pottery Studios Friday, September 9—Saturday, October 22 The Tribby Legacy and Overlook Galleries

This exhibition will be a visual feast as members of the Glass and Pottery Studios of Shell Point create and display artworks they have imagined. The exhibition will present works of art produced by the most highly skilled, experienced artists at Shell Point as well as those created from residents just beginning to learn their artistic skills. You will not want to miss this beautiful display of threedimensional work, all produced in the Glass and Pottery Studios of Tribby Arts Center. Bottle Tree III, by Michael Armstrong (Estuary)

Enchanting Family, by Augusta Crane (Lakewood)

Collaborations EKPHRASIS: POETRY INSPIRING PAINTING, PAINTING INSPIRING POETRY Wednesday, October 19 • 4:30 p.m. Connie Brown Hall

Ekphrasis presents the results of a summertime collaboration between members of the Painters and Writers Guilds. Annette Trossbach and another Laboratory Theater of Florida actor will read resident poems while paintings are shown on the Tribby’s big screen. 24

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The Rhino, a painting by Suzanne Bennett (Turban), will be paired with a poem by Tanya Hochschild (Parkwood).

Resident Performing Arts SHELL POINT DRUMMERS

Mondays 11 a.m. • Connie Brown Hall

$80 for Four-Class Workshop • Drums Provided

Start your week off with a bang when you join the Shell Point Drummers on Monday mornings at the Tribby! Drumming has a positive impact on our physical, mental, and spiritual health; plus rhythm and brain power go hand in hand. A study by the Federation of Drums and Percussion claims that it can even increase your IQ. You will have a blast playing on hand drums with fellow residents under the direction of professional percussionist Isaac Fernández Hernández. Sign up at either Concierge Desk.


Connie Brown Hall Free • Pick up tickets at Tribby Box Office

Shell Point’s own Illusionist Club brings its unique brand of magic and fun to the Connie Brown Hall stage at the Tribby Arts Center. After last year’s sellout performance, the Illusionists are presenting an entirely new show that will amaze and amuse—from magic with silks, coins, cards and ropes, to comedy and mentalism. There will be audience participation and more than a few laughs! Best of all will be a surprise grand finale—you won’t want to miss it. Seating is limited, so get yours tickets early when they become available. Check the Weekly Reminder! The Illusionist Club is open to all Shell Point residents who have an interest in the art of magic and the willingness to perform before family, friends or the Shell Point community. No experience is required. The club has an extensive collection of tricks, books and resources that will allow you to create your own magical experience.


Wednesdays • 2:30 p.m. Connie Brown Hall

Shell Point’s resident big band offers free concerts that are sure to put a spring in your step and a song in your heart. Admission is free.

October 5: Welcome Back Concert!

After a four-month hiatus, Jazz 'n' Stuff is back with all your favorite toe-tapping tunes.

October 19: Shades of Blue: An hour

of “colorful” music.


Saturday, November 5 • 2:30 p.m. Connie Brown Hall

Come “witness” a performance of “Murder on the Med,” a delightful comedic spoof of Agatha Christie written by Doug and Diane Cartwright (Lakewood), who last season successfully shared “A Little Lady Writing Verses: The Witticisms of Dorothy Parker.”

Terry Furhovden (The Estuary)

Serendipity the shop at TribbyArtsCenter The gift shop at Tribby Arts Center features a variety of gifts made by both Shell Point and outside artists, including: • Paintings • Photography • Wooden Pieces

• Pottery and Fused Glass • Jewelry • Shawls and Scarves

You’re sure to be inspired with great ideas for gifts! Proceeds benefit the artists and help support the Tribby. Open Tuesday – Saturday • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


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In the Studios WRITERS GUILD Open Mic Poetry Readings Wednesday, October 12 • 4 p.m. Literary Lounge

During Open Mic, residents are invited to read poetry or prose, not to exceed six minutes. Sign-up is not necessary.

POTTERY GUILD Beginner Pottery Classes Tuesdays, September and October • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pottery Studio

Learn the joys of pottery in a beginner’s class taught by current pottery studio members. Participants will be given an overview of the studio and the basics of making stoneware pottery and will have opportunity to make your own stoneware piece. Classes are $20. To sign up for a class, call the Tribby Pottery Studio at (239) 415-5647 or stop by.

PAINTERS GUILD Renée Chastant’s Artistic Journey Monday, October 10 • 2 p.m. Literary Lounge

The October 10 Painters Guild meeting features wellknown Shell Point watercolor artist Renée Chastant. Renée will show examples of her work, talk about her own artistic journey, and show a video of her artistic process. All Shell Point residents are welcome.

The Arts Library THE LITERARY LOUNGE This fall, the Arts Library will feature books about artists who changed the direction of art history. During the early Renaissance, three Italian artists—Giotto, Masaccio and the sculptor Donatello—made the first major innovations in centuries. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Caravaggio, another Italian, created a dramatic and realistic style. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, two France-based artists, Cezanne and Kandinsky, laid the groundwork for modern art. 26

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Music on Mondays

This series of world-class performances by renowned artists is presented on the big screen in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center on Mondays at 1 p.m., and broadcast on SPTV Channel 12 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE CONDUCTS DVOŘÁK'S REQUIEM Ilse Eerens, Bernarda Fink, Maximilian Schmitt, and Nathan Berg, Royal Flanders Philharmonic and Collegium Vocale Gent Monday, September 12 Acclaimed for his fresh and moving readings of the orchestral repertoire, Philippe Herreweghe turns his talents to Dvořák’s Requiem in B-flat Minor. He is joined by a stellar group of soloists, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the distinguished Collegium Vocale Gent. Over the course of his lifetime, Dvořák made nine visits to England, often to lead performances of his music, which was extremely popular in that country. His 1890 Requiem was the fruit of this strong relationship with the English musical community. Commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, the work was composed for concert performance at the Festival. With an unusual structure including movements not usually part of the traditional requiem mass, the Requiem is one of Dvořák's most intellectually profound works. The piece received its premiere on October 9, 1891 in Birmingham, England, with Dvořák himself at the baton, and was soon celebrated by critics as one of the most powerful settings of the Mass for the Dead ever written.


Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Henning Kraggerud, Yuri Bashmet, and Mischa Maisky play Shostakovich and Bruch Monday, September 26 A chamber music concert featuring an all-star group of musicians. Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Henning Kraggerud, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maisky perform Shostakovich's Piano Quintet, a work for which the composer received the Stalin Prize despite intense censorship of his œuvre in previous years by the Soviet power. Bruch's Kol Nidrei follows, with Maisky being accompanied by the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.


With his fabulous voice and glowing personality, Luciano Pavarotti rapidly attained international renown, becoming a giant of both opera and popular music. In this unique portrait of this larger-than-life musician, Esther Schapira explores the personal life and legendary performances of the “greatest tenor of all time.” The film offers viewers a special opportunity to rediscover Pavarotti through a series of interviews with his ex-wife, Bono, José Carreras, Herbert Breslin, and many others. The documentary also considers Pavarotti’s role in opening opera up to a larger public and his ability to touch audiences the world over.

CLAUDIO ABBADO CONDUCTS MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 2, “RESURRECTION” Lucerne Festival 2003 Monday, October 24 At the end of this concert, as soon as Claudio Abbado lowered his baton, his interpretation of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony “Resurrection” became a legend. It is with this work that he made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker in Salzburg at the age of 32, and it is this symphony that he decided to conduct in August 2003 in Lucerne, with the new orchestra that he helped revive, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. An Italian revived it, an Italian had founded it: Arturo Toscanini, who had founded the Lucerne Festival in 1938 to compete with Salzburg, had given this event an orchestra that was to play under the direction of the greatest conductors. After falling by the wayside in the nineties, the new Lucerne Festival Orchestra was like the phoenix reborn from its ashes under the magic baton of Claudio Abbado. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


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S U N DAY C I N E M A M AT I N E E S 3 P.M. in Connie Brown Hall • Also on SPTV Channel 12


Sunday, September 11

Where were you in 1962? George Lucas takes us back to an innocent time when four recent California high school grads spend their last night together before heading off to college or entering “real life.” They cruise the streets while listening to Wolfman Jack playing the hits on their car radios, and keep their eyes open for the local girls who are also cruising or chatting at the local drive-in. The cast includes Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford.


Sunday, September 25

In response to requests for films starring Cary Grant or directed by Alfred Hitchcock, To Catch a Thief meets both criteria. Grant, a retired jewel thief, sets out to prove his innocence when a cat burglar strikes. Add the beautiful Grace Kelly, along with the scenic French Riviera. The film was Oscar-nominated for Art Direction and Costume Design, and won for Cinematography.


Sunday, October 9

Robert Redford directs and stars in this drama about a young girl (Scarlett Johansson) and her horse, Pilgrim, who have been traumatized by a horrendous accident. Her mother, played by Kristen Scott Thomas, takes them to a Montana ranch where a supposed “horse whisperer” is the only hope to repair the damaged pair. Please note, this film is nearly three hours long.


Sunday, October 23

This mystery will quickly ensnare you! A crime novelist (Chistopher Plummer) is found dead just after his 85th birthday. The police investigator (Daniel Craig) arrives at the estate to find a completely dysfunctional family, any one of whom could be capable of the murder. Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Toni Collette are among the suspects, as is a foul-mouthed teenager. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, in true Agatha Christie fashion.


Sunday, November 6

Shell Point Film Society is delighted to be part of the Writer’s Guild’s tribute to Agatha Christie! It is winter, 1934, and a dozen passengers find themselves stranded on the posh train due to an avalanche that has closed the tracks. The international travelers have no idea there is a murderer among them. Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in this 2017 film version. Among the cast in this lavish production are Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench. 28

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7 P.M. in Connie Brown Hall • Also on SPTV Channel 12

GREASE (1978)

Monday, September 5

Grease is the Word! John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in this award-winning musical set at a high school in the 1950s. We can all remember those days of teenage romances, drive-ins and sock hops. Sandy and Danny had a short summer flirtation and now find themselves in the same school. Uptight Sandy finds herself befriended by the leader of the Pink Ladies, while Danny is the leader of the leather jacketed T-Birds. Frankie Avalon appears as the Teen Angel. Hit songs include Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want.


Monday, September 19

Doris Day saddles up as wild west heroine Calamity Jane, a tomboyish gunslinger. She travels to Chicago to bring back a lady singer to entertain in her saloon. Howard Keel co-stars as Wild Bill Hickock. Day is at her best in this rollicking musical, said to be her own favorite film.


Monday, October 3

October is the usual season opening of the Metropolitan Opera, so it seems the perfect time to show The Great Caruso, starring Mario Lanza. Enrico Caruso, considered to be the best tenor of his or perhaps all time, came to New York in 1903 and made the Met his home until 1920. Mario Lanza’s greatest desire was to be an opera star, but his movie career took its toll on his health. In this film, he gets to sing the greatest tenor roles before his early death at age 38. Ann Blyth costars as Dorothy Caruso.

OLIVER (1968)

Monday, October 17

This screen version of the stage musical by Lionel Bart swept the Academy Awards of 1969. Based on the Charles Dickens novel, we follow the adventures of Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) and his group of street urchin pickpockets, led by the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and the criminal Fagin, played by Ron Moody.


Monday, October 31

Join us for a Halloween treat! Stephen Sondheim leads us into his fantasy woodland to reverse the evil witch’s curse. We meet all the fairytale characters as we have never seen them, from Jack and his handful of beans to Red Riding Hood pursued by Mr. Wolf and Cinderella and her Prince. The all-star cast features Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt.

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& FALL CONCERT Season Presented by SHELL POINT

SANIBEL DUO Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 Resident | $40 Public


iolinist Renata Arado and pianist Erik Entwistle, both Sanibel residents, have been performing together for the past six years. Arado teaches at the Canterbury School and Aspen Music Festival and Erik performs frequently for the Sanibel community and composes music inspired by the natural beauty of our area. Arado began violin instruction in the Suzuki method at age two in Chicago. She continued her violin studies at the University of Michigan and Rice University and at the San Francisco Conservatory in the chamber music program. She is currently concertmaster of both the Southwest Florida Symphony and The Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers. Pianist, musicologist and composer Entwistle received his B.A. in music from Dartmouth College, his M.M. in piano performance from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He performs frequently in the area, most recently with the BIG ARTS Concert Band, and accompanied the Sanibel Community Chorus for several years.

ISAAC HERNANDEZ “COLORS IN RHYTHM” Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 7 p.m. • Tickets: $30 Resident | $40 Public


ome and enjoy a fascinating evening full of different percussion instruments and rhythms as we explore the vast array of colors in rhythm and a take journey in time and place—with pieces incorporating instruments from all over the world, including Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Isaac Fernández Hernández was appointed as section percussionist of the Southwest Florida Symphony in October 2014. He has attended major festivals all over the world, ranging from the Pacific Music Festival in Japan to Lyrique-en-Mer in France and the Penderecki Musik Akademie in Germany and Poland. He has also shared the stage with the best musicians in the world—particularly from the Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. In September 2015, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as principal timpanist of the International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and he is now a Zildjian Avedis sponsored artist.


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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY STRING QUARTET Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. • Tickets: $30 Resident | $40 Public


he Southwest Florida Symphony returns to Tribby with another creative and educational Tiny Concert. This performance features a small ensemble, so the audience has an opportunity to become acquainted with individual musicians and the unique and beautiful sound they each contribute to the full orchestra. This performance will deliver an additional “surprise and delight” factor as artistic leadership falls into place during the summer months, shining bright on the Connie Brown Hall stage as the Southwest Florida Symphony opens its 62nd season!

BEN ROSENBLUM TRIO JAZZ PIANIST, ACCORDIONIST AND COMPOSER Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. • Tickets: $30 Resident | $40 Public


he Ben Rosenblum Trio concert completes our Summer/Fall concert season. Described as an “impressive talent” by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. He was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida and the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. His debut album “Instead” was released to critical acclaim, including four stars from Downbeat magazine. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


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Filled with an impressive array of talented artists and dynamic performances, the 2022-2023 Fine & Performing Arts Series showcases the creative work of Shell Point resident artists and artisans, the annual concert series, and the new addition of dance and theatre. We welcome, once again, FineMark National Bank & Trust as our season sponsor. The series kicks off with theater in September and musical concerts and more in early November. There is no doubt: This season offers something for everyone! Watch your mailbox for your series brochure to see the entire lineup.

DRIVING MISS DAISY Friday, September 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $45 Resident | $55 Public


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his modern American classic, written by Alfred Uhry, tells a hopeful, funny, and heartfelt story that explores the transformative power of friendship. What begins as a clash of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. Join us as we make history with the Tribby's first theatrical production in Connie Brown Hall, presented by Florida Repertory Theatre.

Season KickOff Concert!



HERB BRUCE AND THE HERBICIDE JAZZ BAND WITH MICHAEL ANDREW Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $45 Resident | $55 Public


oin us tonight as we all welcome the 2022-23 Tribby Season Opening Concert at the Connie Brown Hall! Relive and enjoy studio-quality arrangements of your favorite television and movie themes performed by the finest musicians in Florida—Herb Bruce and the Herbicide Jazz Band. The quality of musicianship will astonish, and the pedigree of these players read like a “Who’s Who” of music. Joining the band is Broadway’s “Nutty Professor” and Orlando icon, Michael Andrew, who is a most versatile performer. You’ll be thrilled to hear what all this iconic music sounds like live and in concert format! Sponsored by Friends of The Tribby

PIETRO IANNOTTI PIANO CONCERT Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $40 Resident | $50 Public


eturning to Shell Point by popular demand, Pietro Iannotti masters the piano with his exquisite ability to perform such masterpieces from Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Liszt-Verdi. He will introduce each piece, adding to a more complete musical and educational experience. Born in Salerno, Italy, Iannotti started studying piano at age five. Since the age of nine, he has been performing publicly in recitals and with orchestras both in Italy and abroad, gaining acclaim from both audiences and critics. Besides his performing activities, he has been teaching for over 18 years in Italy. In 2013, after a petition to validate his artistic titles, U.S. Homeland Security granted him an O-1 visa given exclusively to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the field of sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Since then, he has been teaching and performing in the United States. Sponsored by Marie Michelle McCarthy

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Tribby’s Arts as Healing Establishes Artist-in-Residence Program Pianist Will Ransom and the renowned Vega Quartet to share their talents with Shell Point residents and student musicians Vega Quartet

Will Ransom

Free Concert – All are Welcome! Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. Connie Brown Hall at Tribby Arts Center Enjoy light refreshments following the performance. For tickets, stop by the Tribby Box Office.

An Artist-in-Residence program typically takes years for a cultural organization to establish. Now, just a little more than a year since Tribby Arts Center opened, its Arts as Healing program has achieved this milestone – and the entire Shell Point campus, as well as music students from the local community, are soon to benefit. Thanks to funding from Arts as Healing and The Tribby Guys Who Give, accomplished pianist Will Ransom and the renowned Vega Quartet will begin a weeklong residency on the Shell Point campus beginning Monday, October 3. Ransom and the Vega Quartet have thrilled Shell Point residents in several past performances on our campus. The Mary Emerson Professor of Piano at Georgia’s Emory University and artistic director of Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Ransom is a Master teacher and acclaimed soloist who has performed throughout


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the country and world. Similarly, the Vega Quartet, Quartet-inResidence at Emory, also is heralded internationally. The exciting plans now underway for this residency include concerts by Will Ransom and Vega, both individually and as a group, for residents in Assisted Living and Connected Living neighborhoods and the Larsen Health Center. Planning also is underway to provide opportunities for Independent Living residents, as well. For example, these artistsin-residence will conduct master classes for members of Shell Point Strings and resident pianists. Finally, as part of the Tribby’s goal to establish regional arts partnerships, the visiting artists will also conduct classes for strings students at the Cypress Lake School for the Performing Arts and the Bower School of Music and the Arts of Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Arts as Healing program of Tribby Arts Center seeks to make the restorative power of the arts equally and widely available to all residents of Shell Point.

The Island Gift Shop

Celebrating more than three decades of supporting Shell Point


The Island Gift Shop supports many resident-run fundraising initiatives. Gary and Judy Chapman (Rosemont) represent the Employee Christmas Fund; Tina Colehower (Estuary) of the Shell Point Health Care Auxiliary Bakeless Bake Sale; Lynne Castellano (Sand Dollar) of the Library Fund Drive; and Cyndy Eames (Turban), President of the Island Gift Shop Board.

For more than 33 years, the Island Gift Shop has been filled with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created by Shell Point residents. But did you know that since 1989, the shop—managed by a resident-led Board of Directors—has donated nearly $77,000 to support Shell Point facilities, activities and groups? Over the years, the Island Gift Shop has supported three major Shell Point fundraising initiatives, with impressive cumulative donations of $18,000 to the Employee Christmas Fund, $13,000 to the Shell Point Health Care Auxiliary Fund, and more than $3,000 to the Library Fund. “The impact of the Island Gift Shop’s generosity is quite widespread, with contributions reflected around the Shell Point campus,” said Jeff Cory, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation. “From Christmas trees for the Lagoon, equipment for the Wood Shop, and sound systems and lecterns, to artwork in King’s Crown and equipment for use in the former Larsen Pavilion. Most recently, the Island Gift Shop supported the purchase of a piano for Connected Living at The Springs.” Approximately 100 talented residents are regular contributors to the Island Gift Shop’s unique offerings, and we welcome new

artists and crafters who would like to sell their creations. More than 40 residents volunteer in supporting sales, while a handful of others specialize in merchandizing and information systems. Board members are planning new, additional volunteer opportunities in writing and photography to assist with communications and special projects. At this time, all new vendors must also serve as an Island Gift Shop volunteer. The Island Gift Shop is open to all residents, their family members, and guests. Shell Point employees also are welcome! The gift shop is located inside the Guest House, past the registration area. From November through April; hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. May through October hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The current Island Gift Shop Board of Directors includes Cyndy Eames, President; Bob Jakubiec, Treasurer; Pauline Dalrymple, Claire DeJoseph, Jane Hoden, Joan Lee, Diane Martin, Joan Morgan, Lyn Reeves and Deloris Wright.

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Vacation Bible School 2022

An Expression of Shell Point’s Mission


This year, almost 50 children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees participated in a fun, week-long Vacation Bible School, which is an expression of Shell Point’s mission: the service of God and the care of His people. When we think about our employees, we want to love and serve them well. This is a way to be able to


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bless their families by loving their children and creating a really special experience for them. Our employees tell me all through the year how much their kids have enjoyed and look forward to these opportunities to be able to be here at the Shell Point campus and to be able to have so much fun attending Vacation Bible School. Every morning of VBS began with breakfast and activities in The Village

Church, followed by an Opening Program in the sanctuary. Then, divided by age, each group embarked upon a different morning excursion—from a trip to the Cape Coral Yacht Club aboard the Suzy Q and a ride on the miniature railroad at Lakes Park, to a visit to The Island Aquatic Center and a stop at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Lunch was either enjoyed off-campus or in our Social Center, served by the wonderful Shell Point dining team. In the afternoons, the children experienced a traditional Vacation Bible School program, led by our volunteers from Envision Miami, a partnership with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. This year’s theme was "Monumental: Celebrating God's Greatness." Each day, children experienced an interactive Bible story, built a craft and a science experiment, played games, sang songs, and enjoyed a snack. Through Bible lessons from the Old Testament story of Joseph, the children

learned that God is with us no matter the circumstances, and that His love is stronger than anything. At Friday’s closing program, the children shared lessons learned and heartfelt worship songs with parents, family members, and Shell Point residents. The Lee County Sheriff's Office shared treats from their Mobile Ice Cream Unit, and each child was presented with a copy of The Action Bible as a gift from Shell Point. One of the most meaningful ways you can show appreciation to a parent is by caring for their children or grandchildren. Shell Point’s VBS is a fun way of saying to our staff: “You and your family matter to us!”

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Elementary-Age Children and Grandchildren of Shell Point Employees

18 Shell Point Employee Volunteers


Envision Miami Team Members


Shell Point Residents and Village Church Member Volunteers


Youth Group Volunteers/ Teenage Children of Employees

September & October Shell Point Happenings Physical • Emotional • Spiritual • Intellectual • Community & Social • Natural Environment • Creativity CHECK THE WEEKLY REMINDER FOR UPDATES ON ANY CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMS LISTED IN THIS CALENDAR AS THINGS MAY CHANGE. For questions about upcoming events or activities, please contact either concierge desk. Unless otherwise noted, sign-up for each event will begin on the first business day of the month. If you are unable to attend a program that includes a fee, five business days’ notice is required to receive a refund.




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FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. FRIENDSHIP POINT/ISLAND PARKING LOT Join us on a new day and explore different lunch options each week!

FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 7 A.M. MEET AT ISLAND CIRCLE FOUNTAIN Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together. The Island walk is approximately 1.5 miles.




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Sept. 2 – Monjaras Kitchen Sept. 9 – Gina’s Authentic Mexican Sept. 16 – Aux Delices Bakery & Cafe Sept. 23 - Munchies BBQ Sandwich Sept. 30 – Ma Petit Creperie


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Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054



DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT/SHOPPING & LUNCH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 BUS PICK-UP TIMES: 9:30/9:45/9:50/9:55/10 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 2:30 P.M. COST: $5 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Discover this charming, historic waterfront neighborhood on your own as you spend the afternoon window



shopping, checking out the river and eating great food at one of the many fine restaurants. The day is yours to enjoy. Your Resident Programming staff will be on hand to help direct if needed. Lunch is an additional purchase on your own.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 BUS PICK-UP TIMES: 8/8:15/8:25/8:30/8:35 A.M. IS / WDL / WS / EN / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 3 P.M. COST: $18 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500-square-foot environmentally-friendly educational, research and training facility with research laboratories, classrooms, a 140 seat auditorium, aquariums and twostory visitor center. We will take a docent-led tour of the visitor center that offers an overview, history, and a variety of hand-on experiences for all ages, including interactive exhibits, an art gallery and nature trails. Afterwards, we will stop for lunch at The Dock at Crayton Cove/Naples for waterfront dining featuring seafood, burgers and ribs. Lunch is an additional purchase at the restaurant.

Walking required


CAPTIVA CRUISE TO CABBAGE KEY & LUNCH TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 BUS PICK-UP TIMES: 8:15/8:30/8:35/8:40/8:45 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 4 P.M. COST: $50 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Believed to be the inspiration behind Jimmy Buffet’s song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Cabbage Key is a classic “old Florida” hide-a-way. The island has an Inn and Restaurant built in 1938 by American playwright Mary Roberts Rinehart. The restaurant, which sits on top of a Calusa Indian shell mound, offers panoramic views of the island and Pine Island Sound, as well as delicious seafood, steaks, cheeseburgers and desserts. We will find out why the walls are lined with signed dollar bills! There is also a short nature trail and water tower to climb. Lunch is an additional purchase at the island restaurant.

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“DECADES: MUSIC FROM OUR PAST” MUSICAL CONCERT AT CHOCOLATTE’S WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 BUS PICK UP TIMES: 2:15/2:30/2:40/2:45/2:50 P.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 5:30 P.M. COST: $35 (INCLUDES CONCERT TICKET, COFFEE, DESSERT BAR) Join us for an enjoyable afternoon as we take in a musical concert at one of Fort Myers’ newest venues. Chocolatte’s is more than just a coffee shop—they offer private concerts in the newly created “Backroom” concert area. This concert will highlight music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Afterwards, we will enjoy sweet or savory crepes, along with coffee and lattes.



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MIAMI OVERNIGHT TRIP TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AND WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 BUS DEPARTS 9 A.M. COST: $285 (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS ON YOUR OWN) Miami is one of the state’s most popular vacation spots that offers something for everyone. Put on your walking shoes and join us on this two-day trip! We’ll explore the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana, with a stop at a planetarium, aquarium and science museum in one: the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. We’ll also take an informative and fun boat tour of beautiful Biscayne Bay, make a stop at the popular waterfront shopping district Bayside Marketplace, and then visit the national historic landmark Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We will be staying overnight in comfort at the AC Hotel Miami Wynwood in the Art District. We have also preselected places for you to enjoy your lunches and dinners (on your own). We will be off and on the bus multiple times with LOTS of walking!


Come join The Crystal and Resident Programming staff as we kick off the football season with an outdoor party! The Crystal will be featuring all of your favorite sports-watching foods—wings, nachos, pizza, hot dogs and more—as we dine and mingle outdoors. You’ll even enjoy some fun games and football bloopers on the big screen. Make reservations by calling The Crystal at 239-2199.




ISINGS TRAVEL PRESENTATIONS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 10 A.M. – GRAND CYPRESS/WOODLANDS 1 P.M. – MANATEE ROOM/ISLAND 3 P.M. – ESTUARY COVE/COASTAL Join Jeanne Veldman, the Cruise Manager from Isings Travel, as she presents the upcoming cruises and trips from all around the world that are being offered to Shell Point residents. Presentations at each neighborhood make it convenient for you to attend. You never know where the road may lead you! No sign-up required.

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Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054



Join us for a special outdoor evening featuring a delicious picnic-style barbeque dinner with brisket, pulled pork, cornbread, coleslaw and mac & cheese from Mission BBQ. There will be limited seating options in The Island Courtyard. After dinner, join us at Friendship Point for a fun time of story and sing-a-long songs hosted by Tim Yoder from The Village Church. Registration required for the dinner. Sign up online or at the Concierge Desks.


Are you an expert at trivia? Do you know random pieces of information that you never thought would be of importance? Or do you just like to play games with your friends and neighbors? Come join the Resident Programming staff for this fun afternoon of knowledge and wackiness! Light refreshments will be served. Sign up online or at the Concierge Desks.



OCTOBER ALZHEIMER’S WALK SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 WALK STARTS AT 9 A.M. BUS PICK-UP TIMES: 8/8:15/8:20 A.M. ISL / WDL / TRIBBY Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Join us and others in our community as we walk at Florida SouthWestern State College to show our support. Sign-up required. Please let us know if you will be driving yourself.


Walking required


BINGO MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 1 P.M. THE RESERVE/ENCLAVE Join the Resident Programming team as we play several games of BINGO! Whether you’ve never played or you are a seasoned player, this free event is a great opportunity to have fun and meet new people. All supplies provided; no experience necessary. No sign-up required.

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Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054


Walking required



After dinner, all are invited to join us at Friendship Point for a festive evening of music with Tom Cimarusti and a group of select artists! You won’t want to miss out on this Oktoberfest-inspired event! Light refreshments will be served. No sign-up is needed for the concert.

WALK WITH THE DOCS FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28 7 A.M. MEET AT ISLAND CIRCLE FOUNTAIN Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together. The Island walk is approximately 1.5 miles.


Willkommen! Start your evening out with a taste of all things German at The Crystal Restaurant. The buffet menu will include starters like soft pretzels, German potato salad, pickled beet and sweet onion salad; entrees of pork schnitzel with potato pancakes, sauerbraten, caper-buttered cod, bratwurst and sauerkraut and sweet and sour cabbage; and delicious apple strudel or Black Forest cake for dessert. Reservations are required. Call the Crystal at (239) 454-2199.



FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, 21 & 28 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. FRIENDSHIP POINT/ISLAND PARKING LOT Join us on Fridays and explore different lunch options each week! • Oct. 7 – Mambo Sandwich • Oct. 14 – Munchies BBQ Sandwich • Oct. 21 – Monjaras Kitchen • Oct. 28 – Cajun Gringos


BIKE WITH THE DOCS FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28 4 P.M. MEET AT ISLAND CIRCLE FOUNTAIN Hop on your bike and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday for a five-mile bike ride around the beautiful Shell Point campus. For your safety, helmets are required.



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and cilantro, you’ll be sure to find your healthy seasonal favorites. Cash and credit cards accepted.


Naples Botanical Gardens is a 170-acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. We will take a professional staff-led 60-minute tour to connect with our tropical surroundings during an immersive garden experience! After the tour, we will have lunch at Tavern on the Bay in Naples, featuring sandwiches, seafood, burgers, pizza and more! Lunch is an additional purchase at the restaurant. Sign up online or at your Concierge Desk.


Shop for fresh produce from veggie vendors, right here in the Island Courtyard! With a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, from cucumbers and pineapples to ginger

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 BUS PICK-UP TIMES: 8:30/8:45/8:50/8:55/9 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 2 P.M. COST: $20 (LUNCH INCLUDED, ICE CREAM ON YOUR OWN) Let’s enjoy a relaxing day at the beach! Just a short trip away, the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach offers beautiful white sand and a multitude of seashells. We will have a picnic-style lunch of fried chicken and sides. On the way home, we will make a stop for ice cream (on your own) at Love Boat. Remember to bring your own chair, beach accessories and sunscreen. Sign-up required.




COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE FASHION SHOW “SHINE” MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 1 P.M. APPETIZERS IN THE ATRIUM 2 P.M. SHOW (DOORS OPEN AT 2 P.M.) CONNIE BROWN HALL AT TRIBBY ARTS CENTER COST: $15 Come and join us as we watch Shell Point residents and employees “Shine” in their Community Thrift Store finds, and hear how each one “Shines” in real life! Enjoy a pre-show reception with light appetizers and dessert afterwards. Register online or at the Concierge Desks.

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NOSTALGIA CONCERT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 2 P.M. CONNIE BROWN HALL/TRIBBY ARTS CENTER Nostalgia is back to perform a FREE themed concert and comedy show featuring Shell Point’s own Don Schneff (Sundial). Join your friends and neighbors for some good light-hearted laughter and fellowship. No sign-up required.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 1 - 2 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/ISLAND With NATO frequenting our news headlines, have you ever wondered how NATO defends its partner countries? We can learn many lessons for today from NATO’s Cold War history. Join us as Nick Ranson (Periwinkle) speaks to the Aviation Club about his experience flying with the Royal Air Force based in West Germany in its NATO role in partnership with the U.S. Air Force. NATO was prepared to meet with sufficient force (including nuclear weapons) any incursion by Warsaw Pact forces, which had huge advantages in tanks, artillery and manpower. You won’t want to miss Nick’s interesting presentation!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 AND WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 DEPARTURE 8 A.M. AT THE VILLAGE CHURCH COST: $365 (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS ON YOUR OWN) Sarasota is known for its beaches, diverse dining, enriching arts and culture, shopping districts, and, of course, Ringling Brothers! Join us on this overnight trip as we explore this area only an hour and a half north of us. Our agenda includes an air-conditioned trolley tour to see the best places to eat and shop, along with the historic downtown neighborhoods. We’ll enjoy a narrated sightseeing lunch buffet tour/cruise through Lido and Bird Keys, a visit to the Marie Selby Gardens, and shopping and dinner at St. Armand’s Circle. At the Ringling Brothers campus, we’ll visit the circus museum, the art museum, and the Ringling mansion. Walking is required. Sign-up online or at your Concierge Desk.

TRIP 1: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 TRIP 2: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 MEET AT BOAT DOCK AT 9:30 A.M. COST: $10 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Join us as we board the Suzy-Q and take a cruise to The Green Flash on Captiva for lunch (on your own). Billed as Captiva Island’s finest waterfront restaurant, The Green Flash is situated on the waters of Roosevelt Channel and overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, the tranquil waters of Pine Island Sound, and the pristine beauty of Buck Key. You will enjoy the picturesque view, watch the wildlife, and ponder the elusive green flash while you await your culinary delight! Lunch is an additional purchase at the restaurant. Sign-up required.



FALL DANCE PARTY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 TIME: 7 – 9 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WOODLANDS COST $10 You won’t want to miss “Shall We Dance,” a seasonal dance party presented by the Resident Dance Committee. Music by Russ Sampson “DJ” will feature the fox trot, waltz, jitterbug, and line dancing. Pick up ticket forms at The Island or The Woodlands Concierge Desks.

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Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054

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Come celebrate the golden age of Motown! Comprised of veteran musicians and skilled vocalists with over 260 years of combined experience. The Girls of Motown will lead you on a musical journey influenced by soul, pop, rock, gospel and rhythm and blues. They showcase harmonies combined with fast-paced rhythms playing everything from The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Chiffons, Al Green and The Temptations. This will be a high-energy musical night you won’t want to miss! Light refreshments will be served. No reservations required.


SHELL POINT HOLIDAY BAZAAR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. THE VILLAGE CHURCH Many of our talented Shell Point residents have spent these past two years preparing for the opportunity to WOW you with their new creations. Excitement is in the air with sixty vendors displaying the unique, useful and beautiful! Browse original works of art and photography, books by Shell Point authors, pottery, woodworking, fabric and needlecraft, jewelry, children’s items, shells and sparkling glass along with handmade fashion accessories. Join your friends and neighbors for two fun-filled days of shopping. You’re sure to find that special something for the holidays, and more!


GREAT AUTO RACE PRESENTATION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 CONNIE BROWN HALL//TRIBBY ARTS CENTER 1 P.M. AND 4 P.M. - TICKETS ARE FREE SIGN UP ONLINE OR AT YOUR CONCIERGE DESK Few audiences have the opportunity to hear firsthand the experiences of an American race driver who changed the course of automotive history a century ago. Or to learn of a global test of machines and men in an event so incredible, it has never been duplicated in the 100+ years since. Based on fact, and richly illustrated with over 70 original photographs (many unpublished), Jeff Mahl brings to life the events of 1908 and the New York to Paris Great Automobile Race. You will experience the Race, just as Jeff heard the recollections of his great-grandfather, George N. Schuster, driver and chief mechanic of the winning American Thomas Flyer. The presentation includes glimpses into what really happened, with many stories never before published. It shows the human side of the participants, as well as giving a true appreciation for the marvelous machines that propelled those daring men around the world.

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WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 21; OCTOBER 19 10 A.M. · SPRINGS COMMUNITY ROOM This group offers support for residents or family members that are caregivers for someone with dementia. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with fellow caregivers, share ideas and discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one. If there is a need for respite, a coinciding group offering supervised activities for your loved one with dementia is available. Pre-registration is required. Contact Emily Reese, Connections Program Coordinator, (239) 454-2134 or Connections@shellpoint. org to register your loved one for the supervised activity program or questions about the group.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 1:30 P.M. · SABAL ROOM/WDL The objective of this group, which meets quarterly, is to provide information and discussions that will be relevant to individuals with a range of breathing problems as well as those dependent on supplemental oxygen. Call Ken Peterson for more information at (239) 482-3779.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 1 P.M. · SOCIAL CENTER/IS Anyone impacted by diabetes or looking to learn more, including spouses or family members, are invited to attend the Diabetes Support Group. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes an open discussion and an opportunity to share. Call Vivian Ciulla (239) 225-2929 for more information.


THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 22, 29; OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 27 1:30 P.M. · SABAL ROOM/WDL This thirteen-week program provides help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life. We know it hurts and we want to help. Led by Carol Johnston (Coquina). Call Carol at (717) 368-6196 for additional information. 46

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 1:15 P.M. · SOCIAL CENTER/IS Poor hearing can affect many aspects of one’s life. This group seeks to help residents cope with hearing loss, share information, learn about services and products that may help and offer support to each other. This is a great opportunity to try out the assisted listening devices available in the Social Center. For more information, call Healthy Living Coordinator Robert Torres at (239) 433-7975.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 10 A.M. · MANATEE ROOM/IS The Heart Healthy group aims to provide support and educational information to individuals living with heart disease. The goal of the group is to allow members to share their experience, fears and solutions in an effort to help everyone from the newly diagnosed to those managing heart disease for many years. For more information, please contact Healthy Living Coordinator Nola Mokeyane at (239) 433-7976.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 10:15 A.M. · SOCIAL CENTER/IS The Parkinson’s Enrichment Group aims to provide support and educational opportunities to those affected by Parkinson’s disease as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend. Meetings include speakers, group discussions, and emotional support. For more information, call Healthy Living Coordinator Christy Hayford at (239) 433-7939.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 2:15 P.M. · SOCIAL CENTER/IS This group provides educational opportunities and support for those individuals dealing with low vision. Discussions may include the emotional aspects of vision loss, investigating solutions, helpful tools, and sharing resources. At every session, you will learn a “quick eye exercise” that you can utilize at home and share with others. Please join us to share your story, your knowledge, as well as your experiences with other residents. For additional information, contact Healthy Living Coordinator Katy Quinones at (239) 454-2101.

Front row: Gary “Mash” Goforth, Jim “Big Bird” Stapleton, Eric “Sparky” Scott; Back row: Ron “Rotor Head” Wertz, Kyle “Service Charge” Schott and Don “Dumpsta” Misenheimer.

Fitness, Fellowship and Faith Residents Jim Stapleton (Harbor Court) and Ron Wertz (Estuary), along with Shell Point’s Medical Director Dr. Gary Goforth, are members of the Island Coast chapter of the F3 Men’s Fitness Group—a national grassroots movement of free men’s workouts with the mission of reinvigorating men as leaders in the community. F3 Island Coast serves the men of Southwest Florida and the surrounding areas, and is one of 3,100 F3 groups meeting around the country. Dr. Goforth was first introduced to F3 when he was visiting his brother in San Antonio, Texas. Afterwards, he sought out the Island Coast group. “We’re open to all men and we’re here rain or shine, hot or cold,” said Dr. Goforth. A year ago, Dr. Goforth mentioned F3 to Jim during one of the regular Friday

“Walk with Docs” around the Shell Point Campus. Jim started to attend F3, and Ron joined shortly after. Several times a week, Jim and Ron arrive at 5 a.m. to meet Dr. Goforth at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park for a brisk walk before the sun rises. Once the other group members arrive, they perform a series of exercises that includes pushups, pullups and squats, followed by a run. During the Circle of Trust conducted at the end of each workout, F3 members above 50 years old are honored by using the term “Respect.” Members over 60 years of age have earned “Respect Respect,” accolades, while members over 70 are lauded with “Triple Respect.” After his birthday in July, Jim became one of the very few F3 members earning the title “Quad Respect.” “This is a remarkable achievement for Jim,” said Dr. Goforth. “He gets out here

and exercises with us, with just a few modifications.” “Not many!” said Jim. Jim explained that physical fitness training has was part of his Army career from the time he entered West Point in 1960, through the 70s when he served there as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education. “F3 returns me to my Army roots and ‘The Daily Dozen!’, which is a short routine of physical movements designed to keep the country’s sailors and soldiers healthy and nimble,” said Jim. “F3 is also a perfect complement to the LifeQuest dimensions here at Shell Point.”

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Wellness Support

Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes. Having a wellness practice can lead to an increased lifespan and an increased healthspan—the number of years that we are living in good health, which we all desire. Said another way, wellness practices can add not just years to our life, but life to our years. Dr. John Travis is considered one of the fathers of the Wellness Movement. In his Wellness Continuum model, Dr.

eases such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78% of adults over age 55 have at least one chronic condition. Research supports that a lifestyle approach to chronic diseases not only can significantly reduce incidence of disease, but also reduce disease impact on health and functional abilities. Lifestyle research has also pivoted to focus on reducing dementia risk and indicates that it is never






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Neutral Point

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too early, and it is never too late to start with lifestyle changes. Living at Shell Point blesses residents with an abundance of healthy lifestyle resources, such as education, exercise classes, emotional support, healthy dining options, and social opportunities. The challenge though for many of us is getting

started with a desired change and then maintaining the new health behavior. “I was exercising regularly but then the class time changed and didn’t fit my schedule, or, I enjoy being social and there are always yummy treats at events that I can’t resist.” Sound familiar? If you struggle with healthy lifestyle change or just are not sure how to take the first steps, the Wellness Support Program can help. Three of our very own Healthy Living Coordinators have been specially trained to provide Wellness Support for residents at Shell Point. Wellness Support Specialists use the principals of health and wellness coaching to partner with residents who desire to move forward toward wellness. Wellness Support Specialists can help a resident develop their best strategies to make their desired change in a relationship of supportive accountability. Wellness support sessions can be delivered via zoom, phone or in person. One to six sessions will be scheduled to meet the individual needs and goals of the resident. There is no fee for this program, and availability is limited as a pilot program. For more information, please contact Emily Reese at or 454-2134. Please note: Wellness Support is not counseling, and specific dietary, exercise or other health information is not provided.

Blurred Eyesight and Falls Falling is one of the greatest health risks older adults face. The National Academies of Sciences found that each year, one in four Americans 65 and older experiences a fall—the leading cause of injury among older adults. Impaired vision more than doubles the risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult falls every second and there are 36 million falls among those age 65 and older every year. One out of five falls causes serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. Vision impairment may be to blame in many of these cases. Blurred vision may cause you to not see objects in your path as clearly as you once did, which will increase your chances of falling. In some cases, other eye conditions such as undiagnosed near-sightedness, an out-ofdate eyeglass prescription, eye infections, glaucoma, or macular degeneration can increase the risk of falling. That’s why ophthalmologists recommend that all people, but especially those

65 and older, receive a comprehensive eye exam every year. Changes in your vision can be monitored and treatment can be started as soon as the first signs appear. We also assess your risk of falling and make recommendations on how you can make your home safer, including: • •

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Roll up and put away small throw rugs that can be a tripping hazard. Clear the clutter. Random items left on the floor make it more difficult to have a clear walking path. Use bright bulbs where they are needed most, but especially at room entrances and the top and bottom of stairs. Wear rubber-soled shoes around the house for better traction. Use hand rails in the shower since slippery surfaces make you more prone to falling. Watch your balance, which decreases as you age. Exercises are available to help maintain and improve balance.


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Know where your pets are located at all times. They can be tripping hazards if you’re not aware that they are running across your path. Review your medications with your doctor. Some medications for arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleeping can cause dizziness. Your doctor can recommend alternatives. Consider a fall detection device that will alert help should you fall. Limit alcohol consumption. Older adults cannot process alcohol as easily as they did when they were younger, which can produce dizziness and light-headedness even 24 hours later.

Blurred vision can be a sign of diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. One of the first things that an arthritis flare-up might affect is the eyes. Impaired sight can be a direct result of the inflammation that comes from arthritis and affects the rest of the body from there. Remember to also consult your primary care physician if you have any vision-related concerns. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Candy Atchison (Parkwood) and Pam Kelly (Nautilus)

Above: Lois Pedersen (Lakewood), Tom Kelly (Nautilus), Carol Mann (Sundial), Joan Lee (Harbor Court), Rusty Rooker (Harbor Court), Gary Chapman (Rosemont), Liz O’Donnell (Rosemont), Judy Chapman (Rosemont), Mary Coddens (Oakmont), and Anne Wardlow (Parkwood)

Back-to-School Success

Residents Support the Annual School Supply Fund Drive BY CARO L SPERLAK, RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

When I issued the call for new volunteers to chair the 17th annual Shell Point School Supply Fund Drive, two residents enthusiastically stepped up to serve: Manus O’Donnell (Rosemont) and Jeanne Carguilo (Turban). A former county executive in Florida and Maryland who helped residents of all ages receive Community Services, Manus knows firsthand the difference a fundraiser like the School Supply Fund Drive can make for Shell Point employees’ families. After agreeing to chair, Manus asked Jeanne

to join him, and she readily agreed. The spirit of the back-toschool tradition also tugged at Jeanne’s heart: before retiring to Shell Point from New Hampshire, she spent 20 years teaching

Manus O’Donnell (Rosemont) and Jeanne Carguilo (Turban)

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children with autism. “Since I was in education, I remember purchasing many of these items for kids in my classroom,” she said. “This is such a worthwhile project.” Fundraising began in April, and Shell Point residents generously donated an all-time high of $19,000 to purchase school supplies for Shell Point employees’ children and grandchildren. Armed with the official school supply lists from local elementary schools, the committee identified the items they wanted to include in this year’s bags. Then, leveraging the combined power of the Shell Point Purchasing Department and the resident donations, they placed their orders. Supplies were delivered to the Social Center on The Island, where 55 volunteers worked assembly-line style over two days to fill 750 Shell Point logo bags. “Shopping for a new school year has a major impact on the family budget,” said Jim Clark, Director of Employee Ministry. “Our employees are so grateful to receive this special back-to-school blessing from our residents.” Continued on next page

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Michael Fasone with his twins Sebastian and Adrian

Amanda Spencer with son Ryker

Clemmie Gordon and Anese Racius

On Friday, July 15, employees with children or grandchildren entering kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to pass through The Village Church porte cochere to pick up bags brimming with all the essentials, including notebooks, glue sticks, pencils and pens. Looking ahead to next year, both Manus and Jeanne agreed to continue co-chairing the fundraiser and are already brainstorming ways to further streamline the packing and distribution process. Manus also initiated data gathering to ensure all Shell Point employees with kindergarten through fifth grade children who need school supplies for their children receive them. “Considering that this was our first year, and neither of us had participated before, Manus and I were really happy with the outcome,” said Jeanne. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of our generous resident donors and dedicated volunteers,” added Manus. “The employees’ smiles make it all worthwhile.”

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Claude Emler

Claude Emler's grandaughters Savannah and Ashlyn

Joan Lee (Harbor Court) and Rusty Rooker (Harbor Court) with Joe Knapp

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Amanda Vermeesch with daughter Taylor

Lois Pedersen (Lakewood) and Joseph Pierre Louis

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Ben and Treva Crump (Junonia)

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Independence Day 2022 Celebration at Shell Point Shell Point’s Independence Day celebration kicked off with the traditional July 4th Golf Cart Parade. The excitement began as dozens of golf carts and bikes adorned with flags, buntings and balloons gathered at The Village Church. Friends and neighbors wearing their red, white and blue best cheered on the parade as it circled The Island, continued to The Woodlands and Coastal Links, and made a stop at The Springs. Shell Point’s Vintage Brass kept things lively with music to accompany the parade! Afterwards, a delicious picnic lunch buffet awaited residents at The Crystal. The afternoon ended with an amazing “America the Beautiful” concert at The Village Church, featuring everyone’s favorite patriotic songs. Afterwards, residents enjoyed everyone’s favorite dessert—all American apple pie!


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Top Left: Nancy Hoover (Royal Bonnet), Judy Kinsinger (Royal Bonnet), Patti Melatti (Royal Bonnet), and Jo Roughen (Royal Bonnet) Top Right: Pat Fluno (Nautilus) Middle Right: George and Vicki Bundschu (Oakmont)

Bottom Left: Marvin and Phyllis Ball (Macoma) Bottom Right: Timothy and Jo Klenk (Royal Bonnet)

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America the Beautiful Continued from previous page

Top: Jim Stapleton (Harbor) and Earl Kennedy (Parkwood) Middle Left: Tom Green (Turban) with grandsons, Peter and Nathan Middle Right: Vicky Kennedy (Parkwood) Bottom Right: Don and Peggy Bruhn (Rosemont)


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Top Left: Vaida Jordan and Ellen Suess Top Right: Jean Knox (Lakewood), Gordon Redding, Maria Parks (Lakewood), and Fritz Knox (Lakewood) Middle Left: Jon High and Laura Slack Middle Right: Barry and Jay Solomon (Lakewood) Bottom Left: Mike Myers, Carol Sperlak, Jim Stapleton (Harbor), and JoEllen Urasky

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Out & About All Aboard the Suzy Q! Residents, friends and family boarded Shell Point’s Suzy Q for a relaxing boat ride and a delicious lunch at Phuzzy’s Boat Shack in St. James City, escorted by dolphins and manatees along the way! It was a perfect Southwest Florida afternoon for Captain Russell Spence and his crew to treat passengers to a spectacular show of Florida’s unique marine life. Rick Marton (Turban)

Ronald Bach (The Springs), Barbara Cox (Lakewood)

Spreading the Love At The Village Church, the June “Spread the Love” Food Drive marked the eleventh drive at Shell Point since the beginning of the pandemic. “Back when Covid started, the residents of Shell Point decided they wanted to do something for their local neighbors,” explained Jan Emrich, who serves as The Village Church secretary. In August, Shell Point residents helped make a difference by donating 285 cans of ravioli, 391 cans of soup, and 161 pounds of miscellaneous nonperishable items. The Village Church is among sixteen Southwest Florida churches who support the Southwest Florida Food Pantry as they regularly feed more than 220 families in our community. Vicki Hall (Sand Dollar), Jan Emirch

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Shell Point’s baseball fans took a trip to Hammond Stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins, to cheer on the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels as they took a 6-2 win against Clearwater’s Silver Sluggers. Residents enjoyed the game from the luxury of a much-appreciated air-conditioned suite, along with a delicious buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the fixings!

Peter Temple (Nautilus), Larry and Carol Strange (Periwinkle), Peyton Yanchurak (Nautilus)

Nelson and Charlotte Bond (Periwinkle, Bob Feik (Sundial), Larry Strange (Periwinkle)

Tim Yoder, Lee Southard (Periwinkle), Allen Hye (The Enclave)

The Dulcimer Gang Shell Point’s dulcimer musicians meet weekly for “Dulcimer Jam”—an opportunity to play together in the optimally euphonious environment of the Tribby Arts Center’s music studio. Here, the dulcimer’s distinctive sound blends together in harmony as the group plays all kinds of tunes, including popular American folk songs like “Boil Them Cabbage Down.”

Sharalee Dias (Cameo) Karen Meredith (Lakewood), Susan Foster (Cameo) Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Fall Missions Focus


If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve likely heard of some area in the world where a shortage of rainfall, lack of fertilizer, or an absence of healthy people to farm the land is causing food scarcity—or perhaps even impending famine. These types of stories are so difficult to hear, and it’s hard to imagine what


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life is like in various areas of the world with great food needs! Farmers around the world work hard to grow food as best they can to feed their families, but too often, they come up short. Yet not too far from Shell Point, there is a group of Community Developers and experienced researchers working very

hard to help alleviate world hunger. For more than four decades, ECHO, a 57-acre farm in North Fort Myers, has been equipping and empowering hungry families with knowledge and the life-giving grace of God. ECHO introduces sustainable plants, techniques, and technologies to farmers around the world who are struggling to feed their families. People in 180 countries access ECHO’s resources online every month. ECHO’S young interns work and study for nine months, gaining experience with different planting and farming techniques. Afterwards, they travel to various parts of the world to provide training and resources that empower small-scale farming families to thrive. During the Fall Missions Focus in October, we will have the great privilege of learning more about this remarkable organization from Timothy Albright, ECHO’s Chief Operating Officer and members of the ECHO team.

Q&A Q: What is ECHO’s mission? A: ECHO’s focus on agricultural training for small-scale farmers is a significant and appropriate approach to dealing with the challenges of global poverty. There are roughly 500 million families who survive only on the food they grow, making them some of the world’s hungriest and even poorest people. Most of the “extreme” poor actually live in rural areas, where they are very dependent on agriculture to feed their families. ECHO provides face-to-face, hands-on training with scientifically-proven information that’s appropriately contextualized for smallscale farmers. Q: What led you to ECHO? A: I have always been interested in helping people out of poverty. Prior to joining ECHO in 2009, I worked with CAMA Services, a Christian NGO (NonGovernmental Organization) that focused

with Timothy Albright ECHO Chief Operating Officer

on empowering the poor in West Africa. During my 23 years there, I often used or referred to ECHO resources. I was well prepared for my role at ECHO since I had great exposure to the broad scope of the need throughout West Africa. ECHO has allowed me to promote substantial depth with knowledge, resources and training for many of the same networks with which I had already engaged. Since I grew up in a rural village in Mali, West Africa, surrounded by poor small-scale farmers, I saw people with a strong work ethic in terms of their farming. Yet, they were living on the edge of survival in terms of food insecurity, health issues, nutritional challenges, poor soil and poor crop production, with very little margin. I believe that my unique childhood also served me well in providing perspective and understanding of some of the cultural, social and spiritual dynamics often encountered in interacting with people from the Developing World (Majority World).

Q: What can we expect to learn over the weekend? A: ECHO is located right in our backyard here in Southwest Florida and yet, is often unknown locally. From a spiritual perspective, I think ECHO’s approach often “provokes questions to which Jesus is the answer!” You may be surprised by the use of familiar biblical stories that might have a larger, wholistic application, perhaps a way of looking at these from a completely different perspective. You would learn a little more about what poverty means. We will explain what ECHO does; and how our investment in 285 interns (to date) over the years is having an impact around the world. ECHO’s training and resources are transforming lives and our work is being multiplied into the lives of the poor around the globe. We hope you will learn about ways you can get involved in ECHO.

Schedule of Events AT THE VILLAGE CHURCH Friday, October 28

Saturday, October 29

Sunday, October 30

10 a.m. Academy of Lifelong Learning Class (Grand Cypress Room)

9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Morning Talk

8:30 a.m. Sunday School, Poverty Talk, Parable of the Talents

6 p.m.

Evening Service

10 a.m.

Sermon: Elisha and the Widow

6 p.m.

Message, Physical and Spiritual Impact


People often talk about life’s purpose as if it were something set in stone, unchangeable, and immovable. Some may even think that their life purpose disappeared when they hit retirement. But the very definition of purpose—“to have an intention or objective toward something”—indicates an everchanging, revolving door that leads to new goals and purposes throughout a person’s entire life. Older adults often feel lost in retirement, disillusioned by the so-called golden years that once held such promise. Feeling misplaced or adrift as you age can easily be overcome by discovering a renewed passion for life. Seeking daily purpose that both energizes you and gets you out of bed in the morning is how Shell Point residents move from feeling off-course to navigating their journey with confidence and joy. They view purpose as something they get to discover. They are relentless in their search of a meaningful existence and constantly

ask themselves motivating questions such as these:

1. What is the “why” of my existence? 2. What brings me the most fulfillment and joy? 3. How can I contribute to the lives of others? 4. At the end of my life, what do I want to be known for? One of the beauties of living at Shell Point is the countless number of opportunities our residents have to reinvent themselves— to take their unique abilities, interests, and gifts and use them for bigger, more meaningful purpose. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to find true purpose and meaning in life … just give it a try. Why not start right now by answering the motivating questions listed above? Live each day with your legacy in mind!



Bless a Child This Christmas

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Each year, thanks to the support of Shell Point residents, The Village Church contributes hundreds of shoeboxes toward this effort. A ministry of international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child collects gift-filled shoeboxes that are delivered to children who have been affected by war, poverty, natural disasters and other crises in third-world countries. Each box – packed full of fun toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items by a family or individual – is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts. Are you ready to bless a child at Christmastime? Whether it’s a theme box or a collection of miscellaneous items, you can brighten the faces of countless little boys and girls across the world! Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available in The Village Church lobby beginning Monday, October 17 and should be returned to the church the week of November 6-13. If you have any questions, visit, or call the church office at (239) 454-2147. 62

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“He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives.” (Luke 4:18)

It’s not who I once was Or who you want me to be. It’s about the tenderness and love That the naked eye can see. Once everything gets taken away, And you’re in a place you don’t want to be, You realize your past life was a disgrace And pray to be set free. You don’t realize what you have Until it gets taken away. Jorge Z., TX From Threads—a publication of the Crossroads Prison Art Project


The price for societal transgression can be high. Much is lost as prisoners walk through the gates of an institution that purports to be “home” for the foreseeable future – months, years, even decades. Family. Friends. Employment. Homes. Money. Recreation. Walks in the forest. Sunshine on the beach. Freedom. The verse above is selected from a poem written by a prisoner who is deeply aware of the losses. He knows, too late perhaps, the pain of those simple pleasures that have been stripped away. And he is just as aware of the role he played in the process. You can take away almost everything from a man or woman who has crossed society’s limits. But there is one thing you can’t take away. You can’t take away the Imago Dei— the Image of God. The Image of God—the marks of

humanity that set us apart from the rest of creation. The human faculties and capacities that give us the ability to have a relationship with God. The intellectual gifts that enable us to imagine beyond ourselves. The moral compass that fuels our conscience and teaches us right and wrong. The affections that generate love of neighbor and love of God. The aesthetic impulse that reveals true beauty and fuels creativity. You can’t take away the Imago Dei, no matter the prison, no matter the level of incarceration. And that’s why Unconfined Creativity: works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project, soon to display at the Tribby, is so important. Even in the darkest moments, God shows up. He shows up in the creativity of His children. The Imago Dei can be marred, distorted, stained – but never erased.

“You can’t take away the Imago Dei— the Image of God.” Jesus cares about the down and out, the dispossessed and discouraged. “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives...” (Luke 4:18). We at The Village Church share His vision through our participation with the Crossroads Prison Ministries, and we are pleased to co-sponsor Unconfined Creativity: works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project with Shell Point. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your heart touched as you see how God has touched these precious hearts. Shell Point Life | September/October 2022


Natu re’s Noteb ook

s r e g o R y o R onight BY STEVE MORTON, DIRECTOR O F L A N D S C A P E O P E R AT I O N S

In the slender beam of light, quartz crystals sparkled on the trail like tiny, glittering diamonds. Each step forward yielded a satisfying crunch in the silent night. The once proud Jurassic granite was now reduced to humble gravel by the ravages of time and hiking boots. Gaining elevation, the desert Mesquite trees yielded to scrub oak and subsequently, the oaks gave way to Ponderosa Pines. An overall glow of

light became noticeable in the East. Above tree line, we scrambled up the remaining steep grades of 9,254-foot-tall Mount Wrightson. Standing triumphantly, the sun rose like a Phoenix from the ashen east, engulfing the lands in the colors of Genesis. It was as if I were the King of the West, an immortal anachronism, a sequined cowboy. I resisted the urge to sing. Crisp night air in the Sonoran Desert can transmit sound from a long distance. In the outdoor courtyard of my home, I paused, stared up at the visible band of the Milky Way as it arced across the Arizona sky. From across the canyon, I could dis64

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tinctly hear the music of a small Mariachi band. An accordion, a trumpet, and a guitar fueled a party I regretted missing. The following morning, while performing the ritual of washing the desert dust off my car, I spoke with my neighbor Bill. “Did the Gutierrez family have a Quinceañera Party last night for their daughter?” Bill (who knows everything in the neighborhood) replied, “No, it was a Cactus Party.” Living in the desert Southwest, I became intimately acquainted with cactus. There was no grass in my yard, only a collection of spiny specimens. When hiking in the desert I quickly learned to tread cautiously. The Cholla Cactus was particularly avoided because, they were known as “jumping cactus”. I don’t think I ever learned to escape the ubiquitous “shin diggers”. But at least I finally understood the purpose of Roy’s cowboy chaps. Despite my bloodletting lessons, I was unfamiliar with a “Cactus Party” and couldn’t conceive the absurdity of hosting one. The flattened stem is green and fleshy, and the stem segments are about a foot long. The mass quantity of the stems that are leaning against the Sabal Palm seemingly overwhelm the palm. As an ornamental plant, it is little more than a green splotch for 10 months of the year. However, in middle to late summer the blob transforms into a cowboy queen. Each evening before midnight, large swelling buds from the stem high on the plant, burst into fist-sized white or yellow pincushion flowers. The fragrance is reminiscent of Gardenia or perhaps Magnolia. It is indeed an event worthy of a fiesta. At Shell Point there are multiple Genus and species that all have the same common name of “Night Blooming

Cereus”. It doesn’t seem to matter that the specimens are quite different, if the plant has cactus-like spines and a night flower, then it is a Cereus. Because we have multiple Cereus with the potential of differing blooms and blooming periods, it may be best to follow The Cereus Trail like Roy and Trigger. Saddle up pilgrim and ride to the Royal Bonnet Courtyard for the first Cereus, located in the center courtyard. Next, water the horses at Sand Dollar and find the Cereus in the small side courtyard west of the center court. Stay on the trail pardner and discover the large Night Blooming Cereus in the center courtyard of Cameo. Happy trails!

“Happy trails to you, Until we meet again. Happy trails to you, Keep smiling until then. Happy trails to you.‘ Til we meet again.”