Shell Point Life (Mar/Apr 2023)

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Mar/Apr 2023 Vol. 18 Issue 2 GET READY FOR FUN AT THE SHELL POINT GAMES INSIDE: Community Happenings • Volunteer Appreciation LIFE’S A

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Adventures Abound

Natural curiosity, a love of the outdoors, and a fearless sense of adventure keep resident Chris Clapp (Harbor Court) on the move, whether she’s volunteering at Grand Teton National Park or biking, swimming and gardening around the Shell Point campus. Learn more about Chris’ excellent adventures starting on page 4.

Fun and Games

Shell Point Games is a signature biennial event that celebrates camaraderie and the spirit of friendly competition at Shell Point. Whether you are a Pickleball Pro or a Mah Jongg Master, there are a variety of ways to participate and have fun with your neighbors. Learn more about the Games and view the schedule of events starting on page 10

Talent on Display

Upcoming March and April events showcases the talents of Shell Point residents and offers them an opportunity to shine. Be sure to mark your calendars for Shell Point Singers concert on page 27, the Spring Craft Bazaar on page 51, and the Quilt Show on page 51. In the Tribby, the work of Anita Putnam (Harbor Court) and Salle Rich (King’s Crown) is exhibited as they are named Legacy Artists in recognition of their service to the artistic community of Shell Point and the excellence of their body of work. Read more on page 33.

In Every Issue

Creative Director Rich Cerrina

Senior Graphic Designer Brent Mayer

Graphic Designer Vanessa Miranda


Pat Bubb, Claude Emler, Tina Colehower, Jeff Cory, Janine Hammond

Andrew Hawkins, Jon High, John Leiter, Joseph Pink, Don Pullen, Emily Reese, Laura Slack, Jason Smith, Amanda Spencer, Susan Uhleman, Peggy Zimmerman

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Switzerland, at the summit of Durrenhorn (13,238')
Resident Chris Clapps’ adventures took her to with the Weisshorn (14,783') behind her.
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Academy of Lifelong Learning 16 Happenings Calendar 18 Support Groups 28 Connections Corner 29 At The Tribby 33 The Village Church 52 Out and About 54
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
– Matthew 19:26

Friday, April 14, 2023

The Legacy Foundation’s 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament will benefit the Larsen Health Center at Shell Point.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. Players will begin the day with breakfast, followed by play on Shell Point’s spectacular championship 18-hole course. The tournament is a 4-person scramble format.

Players will enjoy swag bags and opportunities for fabulous prizes, and lunch and snacks are also included. A portion of the $160 tournament cost is tax-deductible.

Title Sponsor – Wright Construction

19TH A NNUAL 2023 S H E L L P O I N T O P E N O P E N


If you are looking for something to do at Shell Point, just ask Harbor Court resident Chris Clapp. Before you know it, you will be walking with the Shell Point Walking Club, playing water volleyball in the pool on The Island, gardening in the Butterfly Habitat, attending an Academy lecture or riding a bike to join new friends for coffee at The Blend. And that’s just for starters.

At not quite five feet tall, Chris is the literal definition of kinetic energy. She is brimming with vitality, full of enthusiasm, and constantly in motion. Her natural curiosity, love of the outdoors, and fearless sense of adventure have led her to create a life filled with exciting experiences in the great outdoors.

But let’s start at the beginning.

Christine Clapp was born in April 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts to John and Ann Clapp. She was one of four children and grew up in Wellesley, just 12 miles outside of Boston where her father was a stockbroker and her mother was a homemaker.

“Growing up, I had a typical childhood,” said Chris. “My dad and mom were very athletic, so all of us were interested in sports and physical activity. You played outdoors all day long and came home when the streetlights came on. You were outdoors all the time—it didn’t matter what the weather was.” Chris attended Wellesley High School, where she excelled in field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball. Basketball?

“Yes, basketball,” said Chris, “What can I say? I was fast.”

Chris loved all kinds of sports and enjoyed going to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox. “They were horrible then, and they are horrible now. But when you’re a fan, you’re a fan for life.”

Following high school, Chris decided to leave her home up north and follow the sun to Florida to attend college. “I played golf so I was attracted to Florida, where I attended the University of Miami for a year. However, I started missing my friends and wanted to go back to New England. I had several friends who were attending the University of New Hampshire in Durham, so I transferred there. I majored in Recreational and Park Administration, which focused on business and funding.”

Chris enjoyed her time in New Hampshire. “I joined the Outing Club at school,” she said. “Every weekend we would hike, canoe, snowshoe, cross country ski, or downhill ski according to the seasons. Plus, there were some cute boys in the club! New Hampshire is called the Granite State for a reason. It’s got high, rugged mountains and severe weather. So, we learned to handle ourselves in all kinds of situations.”

After college, Chris moved back to the Boston area. “For the first six years out of school, I did a variety of jobs just to pay the rent. But I knew I really wanted to be able to travel and I wanted a marketable skill that I would be able to take anywhere in the country.” With this in mind, Chris decided to go back to Northeastern University to get a degree as an x-ray technologist. She moved to Phoenix for a year and stayed twenty five. Chris got a job working evenings at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the biggest Level 1 trauma centers in the southwest, where she focused on emergency and surgical x-ray imaging.

“I did not mind the pressure,” she said. “You had to do it fast and you had to do it right. Once I started working in Emergency and Surgery, I knew I would never be able to work in a regular x-ray department doing all the boring stuff.”

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I had been to every National Park in the west camping on vacation with my brother and sister, but my favorite place to visit was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I knew I was going to end up there some day.
Chris embarked on a four-mile cross country ski from Old Faithful to watch the eruption of Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

During her free time, Chris enjoyed racing her mountain bike in the desert and running marathons. She enjoyed the rugged beauty of Arizona. And she began to travel throughout the region extensively.

“I had been to every National Park in the west camping on vacation with my brother and sister,” she said. “But my favorite place to visit was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I knew I was going to end up there some day.”

“The hiking in the Tetons was amazing, and I never got tired of it,” said Chris. “It was such a beautiful place to visit and it was also very convenient. A lot of national parks are isolated, but in Jackson you have the town right there. Plus, there is an airport nearby, which is very uncommon for most national parks.”

In 1987, while working in Phoenix, Chris bought a condo in Jackson Hole so she would have a place to stay when she was vacationing in Jackson. Chris traveled back and forth between Arizona and Wyoming for many years before moving there in 2007.

“When I moved to Jackson, I wanted to volunteer with the Department of Interior at either the National Elk Refuge or Grand Teton National Park. The National Elk

Refuge in Jackson Hole is one of over 560 wildlife refuges in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, just like the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.”

Chris became a volunteer at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center representing the National Elk Refuge. “At the visitor center I told visitors where to go and what to do, but that quickly evolved. At the end of the year, I started volunteering with the heavy equipment mechanic on the refuge. It turned out my small hands fit where his big hands didn’t when servicing and repairing vehicles and heavy equipment.” In 2010, Chris became involved in the supplemental feed program where she drove a huge Caterpillar tractor pulling a wagon filled with alfalfa pellets. “The equipment was 49 feet long, 10 feet wide, the plow on the tractor moved on six planes, and the entire machine weighed about 55,000 pounds leaving the shed,” explained Chris. “I still can’t believe I drove the huge yellow machine.” Chris spent eight winters supplemental feeding the elk and bison on the refuge.

“In 2010, a buddy of mine told me about a volunteer program in Grand Teton National Park that didn’t require a fixed

Geared up for a few nights in the backcountry. Holding back hikers in Grand Teton National Park when a large animal is using or near the trail is just one of Chris’ many duties while patrolling the trails.

schedule,” said Chris. During her interview, the supervisor asked Chris if she would mind camping in the backcountry if there was a “problem bear” nearby. She was hired to begin patrolling the trails from the beginning of May through the end of October.

As a park ranger, Chris has frequently encountered black bears, deer, and moose during her patrols. “Every day is different, and just when you think you have seen it all—you have not. It’s pretty crazy at times.” Some of her duties while patrolling the trails include checking backcountry camping permits, picking up litter, reporting downed trees across a trail, giving out bear infor-

mation, and engaging families by asking the kids nature questions. Plus, her medical background has helped out in several situations. She has been first on scene to a cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and numerous sprains and scrapes. Carrying a park radio means additional help is available quickly if needed.

Chris has taken her experience in the mountains to New Zealand, Nepal and the Alps and continues to explore trails around the world with her brother or friends. She has spent the past 33 summers (except during Covid) in the Alps hiking and climbing. She has put on a harness and roped up

to technical climb over 120 routes, including two climbs of the Matterhorn. Two treks in Nepal to mountain passes over 17,000' in elevation were highlights. “No, supplemental oxygen is not needed at 17,000' if you are in good condition,” said Chris.

It was in 2019 that Chris first heard about Shell Point. She was talking to three travelers at the visitor center in Jackson who happened to be from Fort Myers. They raved about the community. “One traveler said that Shell Point was the best the place in the world, and another said her father worked there for 20 years,” said Chris. “After listening to them, I decided to check it out.”

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Chris (in Switzerland) and her best friend Debbe (in France) on the 10-day trek “Tour Du Mont Blanc.”

In January of 2020, Chris and a friend visited Shell Point. “We stayed a week in the area and attended the seminar. While we were here, I asked about 20 people both employees and residents— to name one thing they didn’t like about the community. Not a single person could come up with one thing,” she said.

Chris moved to Shell Point in November 2021, and she recently transitioned from Periwinkle to Harbor Court.

One question friends often ask Chris is how long she plans to split time between Spell Point and Jackson Hole. “I continue to enjoy hiking and backpacking in the Tetons, and I plan on splitting time between Shell Point and Jackson Hole for many more years,” she said. “Coming around a blind corner on a trail and seeing a bear or moose ten meters away will always be a thrill.”

As you would expect of someone who lives such an active lifestyle, Chris is always on the go when she’s home at Shell Point too.

“I love every minute here. Water aerobics, water volleyball, the walking club, Singles dinner group, playing Hearts— there is always something to do. It’s fun!”

She’s made many friends, including a group that enjoys biking to The Blend on Thursdays for breakfast. “We call ourselves the ‘Biker Chicks.’ We only burn about 37 calories bicycling and eat about 700 calories for breakfast but it is a lot of fun.”

For Chris, every day is an adventure— and she is having a wonderful time discovering new adventures here at Shell Point.

Chris braved hammering winds hiking Larke Pass (16,752') in Nepal. Chris with Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela, who presented her with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Office of the President of the United States “for lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service” in June 2018. Chris became an expert at operating a 49-foot long, 55,000-pound Caterpillar tractor and wagon for supplemental feeding at the National Elk Refuge. Chris at Kani gate at the entrance to the small village, Upper Loh, in the Manaslu region in Nepal.


Monday, March 27 through Monday, April 3

Hosted by the Resident Life Team, Shell Point Games is a signature biennial event held in multiple locations around our beautiful campus that celebrates camaraderie and the spirit of friendly competition at Shell Point.

Throughout the week-long, community-wide event, residents are encouraged to participate, cheer on others, and enjoy themselves! To get in on the fun, complete a participant registration form and turn it in to the Concierge Desk by Friday, March 17. The event will culminate in a Closing Ceremony presentation that honors the efforts of all participants, celebrates our medal winners, and reviews highlights from the Games.

Residents of The Springs, The Arbor and King’s Crown will compete too, with on-site Bowling, Corn Hole and Noodle Football events Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 29. Larsen Health Center residents can participate as well, with Bowling, Corn Hole, Golf and Lawn Darts events planned for each floor!


Monday, March 27 9 a.m. Croquet (Small Ball) Day 1 Croquet Lawn/Island 9:15 a.m. Billiards Island Commons/Island 9:30 a.m. Swimming (Laps) Island Aquatic Center/Island 6:15 p.m. Duplicate Bridge Game Room/Woodlands Tuesday, March 28 9 a.m. Pickleball (Men’s Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 9 a.m. Tennis (Men’s Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 9 a.m. Bocce Woodlands Courts/Woodlands 9 a.m. Croquet (Small Ball) Day 2 Croquet Lawn/ Island 11 a.m. Basketball Hot Shot Center Court/Woodlands 1:30 p.m. Mah Jongg Game Room/Woodlands Wednesday, March 29 9 a.m. Pickleball (Mixed Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 9 a.m. Tennis (Mixed Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 10 a.m. Model Yacht Races Woodlands Lake/Woodlands 1:30 p.m. Scrabble Tournament Island Commons/Island 1:30 p.m. Cornhole Tournament The Village Church Porte Cochere/Island Thursday, March 30 8 a.m. Kayak Races Kayak Launch/Island 9 a.m. Pickleball (Women Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 9 a.m. Tennis (Women Doubles) Center Court/Woodlands 9 a.m. Croquet (Big Ball) Day 1 Croquet Lawn/ Island 1:30 p.m. Boggle Tournament Island Commons/Island 6 p.m. Samba Grand Cypress/Woodlands 6:30 p.m. Pinochle Library Lounge/Island Friday, March 31 8 a.m. Fishing Competition Shell Point Marina/Island 8 a.m. 3K Timed Run The Village Church Porte Cochere/Island 9 a.m. Croquet (Big Ball) Day 2 Croquet Lawn/ Island 1:30 p.m. Bingo Island Commons/Island 2 p.m. Water Volleyball Aquatic Center/Island Saturday, April 1 10 a.m. Table Tennis (Singles) Sabal Room/Woodlands 11 a.m. Table Tennis (Doubles) Sabal Room/Woodlands Sunday, April 2 1:45 p.m. Euchre Reserve/Enclave Clubhouse Monday, April 3 1:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies The Village Church/Island

Amenities Abound in Coastal Commons

Within Coastal Commons in the Coastal Links neighborhood, work resumed earlier this year on several amenities projects that will enhance the Shell Point experience, including expanding Seagrape Salon & Spa and transforming the restaurant space into a new dining venue called “Vue.” Another exciting addition within Coastal Commons has the potential to make a huge impact on residents’ health and well-being: The Wright Wellness Center.

“With this new amenity, Shell Point is re-envisioning its approach to resident health and wellness,” said Jason Smith,

Senior Director of Amenities. “Centralizing our fitness operations within our 700-acre campus allows us to be more intentional with our programming and lead residents on their journey to a balanced lifestyle.”

The LifeQuest Track Program will be the center of the wellness community.

“Through collaboration with Shell Point’s industry-leading resources, this advanced approach promotes healthy well-being and functional longevity by offering evidence-based lifestyle interventions to help prevent, manage and treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases,” said Jason. “It’s an

integrative plan designed to empower residents to optimize the highest level of health and well-being.”

There will also be an array of services including medical consultation, personalized nutritional and dietary services, meal preparation kits, self-assessment resources and a wellness resource library, sports performance training, balance assessments, and the Parkinson’s Rock Steady Boxing program.

“Our goal is to set the industry standard in wellness programming and create a way for Shell Point residents to live a healthy and balanced life,” said Jason.

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The new 7,000-squarefoot Wright Wellness Center will feature 48 pieces of fitness equipment for resident use—including nine pieces from Technogym’s BIOCIRCUIT ™ line— which will allow residents to personalize workouts to achieve their specific strength and cardio fitness goals. Using a special wristband or smartphone, residents can tailor their exercise experience through a guided circuit-training program, with no adjustments to the equipment.

Shell Point’s Fitness Team will be available to demonstrate the new equipment and explain how residents

can incorporate the technology into their exercise routines.

Two Group Fitness rooms designed for classes and a wide range of aerobic exercise will also be available in the Wright Wellness Center, with more than 150 offerings per month, as well as Personal Training. There will also be new technology for golfers to assess and improve their swing, with a TrackMan golf simulator on the first floor, across from the Pro Shop.

The salon experience at Shell Point will also be elevated. Seagrape Salon & Spa will be enhanced with an updated look and feel. Capacity in the hair salon will be doubled, while nail services will be offered in a semi-private area. Along with the addition of a third spa treatment room, a new private waiting area will offer direct access to the locker rooms.

Upstairs, Vue, which was renamed from the Banyan Grille, will offer a fresh new menu along with signature sunset views. “The space will embody an elegant, casual feel with lighter wood-look floors, along with new lighting and artwork,” said Lori Wegman, of Wegman Design Group, which has created many beautiful Shell Point spaces such as the Welcome Center, the Larsen Health Center, and other common areas throughout the community.

Vue will also offer flexibility for Shell Point’s dining team to feature seasonal specials, present display cooking events, and host holiday celebrations.

Stayed tuned to SPTV for construction updates and more information about the LifeQuest Track Program as completion nears on these wonderful enhancements and additions in Coastal Commons.

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The vision for the Wright Wellness Center was to create a place where all residents can achieve their personal health and wellness goals, rooted in the multidimensional LifeQuest principles. This hub for integrated wellness programs and activities will allow for residents to live their most vibrant and fulfilled lives.

HealthyMind, HealthyHealthyBody HealthyMind,Body


Deloris Wright (The Estuary) grew up in Cassoday, a town of 125 people in east-central Kansas, the daughter of Calvin and Deloris Wright. Looking back, she recalls being a bit clumsy as a youngster.

“From my own perspective, there was no child growing up who was as uncoordinated and lacking in athletic prowess as me,” she laughed. But what she lacked in athleticism, she more than made up for in academics. She was an excellent student, showing an early interest in the application of mathematics. In her sophomore year at Southwestern College, a Methodist-owned 4-year liberal arts college in Winfield Kansas, she found that application in the study of economics. Because she could not major in economics at Southwestern, she transferred to Oklahoma State University, graduating two years later with a Bachelor of Science in business, with a major in economics. She went on to earn a PhD in economics from Iowa State University in 1973.

“I was a beneficiary of the National Defense Education Act,” she explained. “To help pay back a portion of my student loans, I became a faculty member at Auburn University in Alabama and what is now Missouri State University in Springfield.” Deloris taught for six years before securing a position with the Internal Revenue Service in Chicago. In 1984, she joined Coopers & Lybrand—one of the most respected accounting firms in the world —where she specialized in the international tax issue of transfer pricing. Her job was to develop the firm’s global transfer pricing practice. She ascended to the role of partner, and worked there for 11 years, before moving on to an economics consulting firm.

She established Wright Economics in 2007, serving major multinational corporations as well as several governments throughout the world. “I’ve moved all over the place for work and traveled constantly,” said Deloris. When she was based in Boston, she grew weary of the hassles of

Logan International Airport and decided she wanted to move to a more centrally located airport. Denver fit the bill perfectly and Colorado had mountains! She made a home in Genesee, Colorado, in the foothills west of Denver in 1999.

And although she was still completely immersed in her successful career, planning for her next chapter was on her mind. Her neighbors, Bill and Linda Doty, were also thinking about where they might like to retire someday. They were already familiar with Shell Point; Bill’s parents had lived there for 25 years. During a visit to Sanibel in 2014, the Dotys learned about Shell Point’s new neighborhood: The Estuary. They called Deloris, excited to tell her about the model residence they toured and the single-family homes that were underway. They had already selected their homesite.

“I had no problem taking their word for it,” said Deloris. “I actually signed up, sight unseen, and chose the lot across from the Cove.” Three months later, she was able to visit Shell Point herself, and her decision was confirmed.

Deloris was still consulting when she moved to Shell Point in the December of 2015. But once she retired at the end of 2017, it was time to dive into life at Shell Point. Volunteering came naturally, and she has worked in both the Community Thrift Store and the Island Gift Shop, along with delivering mail at the Larsen Health Center. She also enjoys volunteering at the Tribby Arts Center, using her spreadsheet expertise to catalog hundreds of exhibition entries and keep them in order.

She also took advantage of the personal training sessions that are available at Shell Point. Years ago, a cardiologist in Denver recommended strength training, and it became the cornerstone of her fitness regimen. When she moved to Shell Point, she became even more active. Now more than ever, she realizes the importance of taking control of your health.

When Deloris learned about the Wellness Center plans that were underway in Coastal Commons, she felt that it was a worthwhile way to help others at Shell Point explore their own wellness journey.

“Deloris gave a meaningful outright gift to help with construction, along with a gift through her estate to endow the Wright Wellness center and our wellness program at Shell Point,” said Jeff Cory, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation. “Her generosity will touch the lives of many residents throughout the community both now, and in years to come.”

For Deloris, there is a bit of irony in a clumsy kid growing up to support a Wellness Center. “As an adult, I now understand how much exercise truly improves quality of life—whether you’re an athlete or a klutz!”

Deloris is looking forward to exploring everything the Center will offer, from the world-class equipment to the resource of dietitians on site to help residents see the whole picture of wellness. “We will have access to the tools we need to help us focus on living life in a healthy manner,” she said.

She also noted the symmetry in the Wright Wellness Center’s proximity to Shell Point’s cultural hub, the Tribby Arts Center: “It reflects a sense of balance—a healthy mind and a healthy body.”

Deloris dotes on her two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. “He is great company, and he protects the front door with his life! Everyone thinks he’s named after my Colorado home, but his Miami-based breeder introduced him to me as Denver. What are the odds?”

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“While working long hours and traveling non-stop, exercise was not something I had high on my list of priorities. But once I took the time for myself and started exercising, it really made a difference,” she said. “I noticed a distinct change in the way I felt, my stamina, and the way I walked.”


Shell Point was recently honored to partner with the Bailey-Matthew’s National Shell Museum for a series of lectures that examined mysterious mollusks and the great shells that are native to Florida. Senior marine biologist Rebecca Mensch introduced residents to the varied world of mollusks through photos, videos, and specimens brought from the museum. She shared a fascinating video of an octopus she raised that could play with a ball, much as a dog would do. She explained the clever and teachable nature of the octopus, which we learned is the correct plural form—not “octopi,” as so many think! Dr. Jose Leal examined the wide variety of unique shells that come from Florida, and residents were able to see and touch the shells to appreciate their unique patterns, colors, shapes and textures. Sam Ankerson, the museum’s Executive Director, also gave residents an update about the facility, which will not be able to fully open for at least a year or two due to Hurricane Ian damage. For now, the museum will be open Tuesday through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited exhibits such as the Hall of Shells and “Shell and Tell” displays; there will also be special art project comprised of community photos from the hurricane. The Academy will be partnering with the Shell Museum for more lectures and educational opportunities in the future as we continue to learn from this valuable local resource.

Upcoming Attractions

Register at your Concierge Desk for an exciting selection of Academy Events in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center.


Julia Child: Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Jackie Kennedy: Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m.


Wednesday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

In this interactive program by Martina Mathisen, you will discover the truths about these remarkable women from an intriguing time in history who led equally fascinating lives – apart from the manner in which they ended! Martina’s lecture artfully interweaves power, personality, and politics. Do these six famous wives deserve their popular labels? Meet all six wives of Henry VIII and find out for yourself.

In a pair of presentations by historian and actress Leslie Goddard, you will first meet Julia Child, the legendary cookbook author, television star, and champion of French cooking as she discusses everything from her relationship with her husband to the mishaps of cooking on television. Next, you’ll visit with America’s favorite First Lady Jackie Kennedy, as she looks back on her life, sharing stories about her marriage, her fight for privacy amidst intense media scrutiny, and her work to restore the White House.

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Award-winning Maritime author Robert Macomber returned for several engaging lectures to set the historical stage leading up to the release of his 17th novel in the Honor series, which is slated to be released in April 2023. Macomber’s popular thrillers describe the life and career of protagonist Peter Wake, who is a U.S. Naval officer in the time of the American Civil War and into the early 1900s. Robert’s reputation for historical detail, engaging plots, distinctive characters, helpful maps, extensive bibliographies, and educational endnotes engages eager readers and listeners alike. Residents learned many new facts about the complex history between the United States and Russia, including the little-known story of when the U.S. invaded Russia! Residents are encouraged to brush up on the previous Honor Code novels, including Code of Honor, the 16th Peter Wake adventure, to ask any questions about the books or settings from the lecture series before the next novel hit shelves. The lecture series will continue with 3 more lectures in Connie Brown Hall on Thursday, March 9, Tuesday, March 28, and Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m.


Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m.


The exciting duo of Sonny and Perley achieves a rare musical symbiosis as they perform a unique blend of Jazz, Great American Songbook, Bossa Nova, and International Cabaret—which has become their musical signature for the past 30 years. The duo has even presented a prelude concert for the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim! Come and hear the duo’s musical styling as they present a Concert and Conversation unlike any other for Shell Point residents.

Starting in March, The Academy will partner with the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) for several lectures highlighting topics ranging from climate change to electric vehicles. On Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room, Dr. Carrie Schuman will kick off the series with a primer on greenhouse gases and their potential role in climate change. This lecture will help to set the stage for a Green Team and Academy workshop guided by an MITtrained facilitator on Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m., which will show an En-ROADS simulation of different climate change scenarios and what happens to the simulation with the addition or removal of various factors. The SCCF will also give us an Everglades update, which will include a status report on the Everglades restoration project along with current efforts underway. To celebrate Earth Day in April, we will have a pair of short lectures on environmental topics, demonstrations and discussions on electric and hybrid vehicles, wildlife photography, along with music and healthy tapas from the Palm Grill. You will not want to miss any of these engaging and informative programs!




Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Join Professor Tom Cimarusti, PhD. from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music for a Concert & Conversation including 18th century chamber music compositions from Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. This piano quintet concert features performances by outstanding FGCU students.

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March & April

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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




FRIDAYS, MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

7 A.M.


Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk of approximately 1.5 miles around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together.

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FRIDAYS, MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


Explore new lunch options each week!

• March 3 – Mambo Food Truck

• March 10 – Smoked Oyster Truck

• March 17 – Horse Eyed Jakes

• March 24 – Cajun Gringos

• March 31 – Dudley’s Beachside BBQ



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Four more than four decades, ECHO has been equipping and empowering hungry families with knowledge and the life-giving grace of God. ECHO has impacted millions of lives by teaching small scale, sustainable farming methods so families can provide for themselves and their communities. By tackling hunger at the source, growing hope from ground up. We will then grab lunch at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Bell Tower, which features coal-brick oven pizza, calzones, and salads. Lunch is on your own.

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Physical • Emotional • Spiritual • Intellectual • Community & Social • Natural Environment • Creativity



Calling all knitters! Are you looking for a project that will get your creative juices flowing and make a difference in the life of a women veteran? Participate in the “I Want To Honor Women Veterans” knitting/crochet challenge. Knitters Anonymous & MOAA, a ministry of The Village Church, are sponsoring a competition that is open to all residents: use four skeins of acrylic, machine-washable yarn and knit or crochet a 36" by 48" lap robe. Afghans will be donated to a woman veteran residing in a Florida assisted living or nursing home. To add to the fun, there will be prizes! Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 30. Email Resident Engagement Manager Carol Sperlak at for more information.



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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. Sign-up not required.



12:30 – 6 P.M.


The Blood Mobile will be parked in The Village Church parking lot all afternoon for your convenience. Giving blood is huge gift that you can give to those in need. Statistics show that regular blood donation is linked to lower blood pressure and lower risk of heart attacks. Save a life while improving your quality of life!



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Enjoy a lovely evening with Captiva Cruises Sunset & Wildlife boat tour. Watch for pelicans, dolphins and other wildlife against the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun. After cruising, we will have dinner on Sanibel at the Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market, which specializes in seafood and steaks. Please note: There are steps up to the restaurant.




9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

The wait is over … the Craft Bazaar is back! Come to The Village Church and enjoy two days of homemade crafts, jewelry, art and décor. Come shop and support your fellow residents as they display and sell their wonderful handmade items.






Come hear the latest during an in-depth presentation of trips specially designed for Shell Point during 2023/2024 through the Epic Journeys Collection. Door prizes will be awarded too! All Epic Journey trips include transportation and airfare from Shell Point and the benefit of traveling with a concierge private tour manager to assist with your travel needs. These private, small-group trips are designed at a moderate pace to enhance your overall experience and created with your interests in mind.

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11:30 A.M.

COST: $41

Take me out to the ball game! Come hang out with us in the stands as we watch the Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees. See all your favorite stars from two of the biggest teams as they get ready for the season. The stadium offers everything from hot dogs and nachos to hamburgers and French fries, so it’s easy to grab a bite to eat while you cheer on your favorite team. Seats will be under cover.



8:30/8:35/8:40/8:45/8:50 A.M.

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Farm Fresh! The Lakes Park Farmers Market is a true local outdoor market, with dozens of vendors selling a variety of unique goods. Come join the Resident Life Team as we support of our local community.





Enjoy a sunset evening with Captain Russ aboard the Suzy Q. Watch and be delighted by dolphins, manatees and other wildlife! We will cruise over to the Westin Marker 92 for dinner. Enjoy the scenic views and delicious dishes, then relax and take in the beautiful sunset as we head home on the Suzy Q




2 – 4 P.M.

Taste of Shell Point is back—and we are excited to spend a delicious afternoon with you! Come out The Island Courtyard and experience the best from Shell Point Dining. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with the Chefs and dining staff from each of our on-site restaurants. Explore new dishes and small bites that they prepared, all while enjoying music from our favorite musician, Bill Zink. Sign-up not required.



9/9:10/9:20/9:25/9:30 A.M.

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Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt, this dazzling collection of reproductions of Tutankhamun’s legendary treasures at IMAG History & Science Center recreates the richest archaeological find of all time. Accompanied by a lively text, 130 replicas of the Pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions, along with artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamun’s reign, reconstruct both the historic discovery

of the tomb and the life and times of Egypt’s celebrated Boy King. Enjoy lunch at a Fort Myers favorite—The Oasis—which offers some of the best salads, burgers, and kabobs in town.

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7 P.M.


The Sanibel BIG ARTS Band is celebrating 20 years! Join us for a great evening as they present fantastic renditions of your classical and contemporary favorites, from Music Man and Moon River to The Pink Panther. The 45-member band includes talented musicians from Shell Point, Sanibel, and beyond. Come enjoy a music-filled evening, and support some of your fellow residents!




4:30 – 6:30 P.M.

COST: $32

Come join in the fun as your Resident Programming Team and the Palm Grill join forces to create a magical night! Chef Justin will bring his culinary greatness to the menu with a magnificent threecourse meal. Feel free to dress up and prepare to be transformed to yesteryear. Reservations are required; call the Palm Grill at (239) 454-2059.



7 A.M.



Explore the Everglades with former National Parks Director, Fran Mainella. You will learn behind the scenes secrets of the Everglades and its wildlife. The tour includes stops at the Everglades State Parks, the Clyde Butcher Art Gallery, and the Museum of the Everglades. Lunch will be provided. Limited seats available.



9 A.M. – 4 P.M.


The Quilt Show is back and better than ever! The Quilters have been hard at work creating masterpieces you will not want to miss! Make sure to stop the Grand Cypress room and admire your fellow residents’ work as they show-off their incredible talent.



Come join your friends and neighbors for a week of that celebrates fun and games at Shell Point! See page 11 for the daily schedule.



2:15 P.M.


Karen Riecks (Eagles Preserve) will review Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown. The book provides us with the language and maps to find meaningful connections to understanding ourselves—and one another. No sign-up required.

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SPTV CHANNEL 12 AT 10 A.M.; 2 P.M.; AND 8 P.M.

Join Shell Point as we recognize our Vietnam Veterans. The Veterans Group, in conjunction with Shell Point TV, will air a program throughout the day that recognizes the great men and women who fought for our country in the Vietnam War. The Crystal Restaurant will honor our Veterans with a 20% discount on their lunch.



7 P.M.


The 60-voice Bay Singers choir consists of all Bonita Bay residents—except for Mary Richard (Sand Dollar) and David McJoynt (Eagles Preserve), who organized the choir in 1998 and are grandfathered in. The accompanist is renowned composer and arranger William Dawson, who has composed numbers for the Southwest Florida Symphony. The performance will be presented without amplification to showcase Connie Brown Hall’s exceptional acoustics. With the theme of “Hope and Renewal,” the program will consist of American music ranging from folk songs, to Broadway, to Motown, and spirituals.




8 A.M.


The Great American Cleanup began as a litter cleanup initiative designed to aesthetically improve our environment by creating cleaner parks, streetscapes, and public spaces through litter removal and elimination. Join us in your kayak or on the ground as we beautify Shell Point’s waters and roadways. Don’t have a kayak? We have a few to loan! There are several spots available on the Suzy Q, which will be in the water supporting the cleanup efforts. Make sure to bring sunscreen, lip protection, a hat and water. Email Programming Supervisor Kristen Gartz at kristengartz@ to sign up. Physical activity is required.



1 P.M.


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. Sign-up not required.

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COST: $14

Resident Programming Team will be serving up dessert during a delicious sunset cruise experience as we explore our local waterways—and hopefully see a dolphin or two! It will be a delightful evening with Captain Russ aboard the Suzy Q.


FRIDAYS, APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28

7 A.M.

Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk of approximately 1.5 miles around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together.


FRIDAYS, APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28

11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


Explore new lunch options each week!

• April 7 – Mambo Food Truck

• April 14 – Smoked Oyster Truck

• April 21 – Monjaras

Mexican Kitchen

• April 28 – Cajun Gringos



COST: $490

Key Largo, the top key in the Florida Keys, blends conservation, beauty and fun. We will start our trip with a meetand-greet and a shallow water stand with the dolphins. After this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we will retire back to our hotel, located on a beautiful marina with restaurants, pools, and a gorgeous sunset to enjoy a perfect relaxing evening. The next morning, we will start our day with a tour of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary and then have lunch at the Key Largo Conch House. Afterward, we will head over to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and take a glass-bottom boat tour of the most beautiful coral reefs. This one-night stay will be the perfect getaway.




Join us in the Grand Cypress Ballroom and enjoy the musical stylings of the Tone Chimes, playing their favorites from classical to contemporary. Sign-up not required

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Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre garden paradise featuring 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 stop for lunch at Tavern on the Bay in Naples featuring sandwiches, seafood, burgers, pizza and more! Lunch is an additional purchase at the restaurant.



9 A.M. – 1 P.M.


Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with an Electric Vehicle Show! Come see the latest models of EVs and try test rides in cars owned by Shell Point residents. Find out about all the important work being done to protect our precious but precarious planet by many local environmental groups, and make sure to check out both Academy Classes being offered in Connie Brown Hall that morning.

Chef Justin from the Palm Grill will be on hand with a plant-based, small bites tasting opportunity. Be sure to vote for your favorite—the dish with the most votes will be included on the next Palm Grill menu!





2 P.M.


Few audiences can hear first-hand 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 in 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 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.



12 – 4 P.M.

In addition to the Great Auto Race presentations, you have the opportunity to come see a wide variety of pre-1940, vintage cars on exhibit from local car clubs and other classic car owners!

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7 P.M.


Focusing on the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, such as Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and Summertime, the Shell Point Singers Spring Concert will include also opportunities for the audience to sing along with favorite folksongs and other Americana – including Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, John Denver, and other singers from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. No tickets are required for this free event.



2:15 P.M.


John Pluhar (Palm Acres) will review Slow Horses, Mick Herron’s book about washed up agents of M15 and the desperate things they will try to get back into the game. Sign-up not required.




Learn new facts about nature’s waterways upon the Suzy Q with Aquatic Biologist, Steve Canton as we enjoy a lovely ride over to Matlacha. We will dine at a local favorite— Miceli’s—which offers a wide menu of delicious favorites that will surely tempt your tastebuds.





Nostalgia is back to perform a FREE themed concert and comedy show featuring Don Schneff (Sundial). Join your friends and neighbors for some good light-hearted laughter and fellowship. Sign-up not required.



4:30 – 6:30 P.M.


Bonjour! Join the Resident Programming Team as we transform The Crystal into “A Night in Paris”. Chef Shaun will prepare a delicious French-inspired menu, complemented with live music and raffle prizes. Bring your beret and enjoy a delightful evening in Paris! For reservations, call The Crystal at (239) 454-2199.




5:15/5:30/5:35/5:40/5:45 P.M.

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Be a Chocolatier for the night! Let the Chocolate Masters of Norman Love Confections teach you how to make the jewel-like treasures for which they are celebrated! You will be able to make everything yourself with the guidance of staff, from hand-coloring, to casting liquid chocolate, to mixing the custom ganache to fill your candies. Enjoy a night of sweet success and take home all your treasures when you are done!

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7 – 9 P.M.


Celebrate Spring with an outdoor evening concert and spring celebration in the Tribby’s English Garden. Emily Ann Thompson’s performance is energetic and passionate, from fast, high-energy jigs and reels to captivating airs and songs. She performs traditional Irish, Scottish, and Canadian fiddle tunes sung in English and Irish Gaelic and clogs while fiddling. Emily Ann’s husband, Kelly, joins her on guitar, percussion, and vocals. Emily’s brilliant fiddling with foot percussion and her sweet, lilting voice, combined with Kelly’s driving rhythmic guitar and rich, unabashed vocals, create a diverse and highly entertaining combination. This beautiful evening will be filled with live music, food, and festivities to enjoy Spring at one of the campuses’ “best-kept secret” locations. Seating is limited. Tickets: $20 at The Tribby Box Office.

Save the Date MAY English Garden Concert in the Tribby’s

Sarasota Day Trip



Join the Resident Programming Team on a trip to Sarasota. Explore all the Ringling Museum has to offer with the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca’D’Zan, the Historic Asolo Theater, and the beautiful Bayfront Gardens. The day will be filled with education, beauty and connection. Of course, we cannot go all the way to Sarasota and not eat at the famous Columbia restaurant on St. Armand’s Circle. Don’t miss out on this fun and exciting day trip!

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The Shell Point Singers Spring Concert

of America Music


The Village Church • MONDAY, APRIL 24 at 7 p.m.

Focusing on the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, such as Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and Summertime, the Shell Point Singers Spring Concert will also include opportunities for the audience to sing along on favorite folk songs and other Americana. Think of Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, John Denver, and other singers from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. FREE! Tickets not required.

Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble

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March 5 • 6 p.m. • The Village Church Free concert; no ticket needed.

Support GroupS




This group offers support for residents or family members who 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, at (239) 454-2134 or to register your loved one for the supervised activity program or with questions about the group.




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 at (239) 225-2929 for more information.




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.




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 to help everyone from the newly diagnosed to those managing heart disease for many years. For more information, please contact Healthy Living Coordinator Lorena Nazario at (239) 454-2295.




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.




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.

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Dakim BrainFitness

Medical research studies conducted over the past 20 years have concluded that seniors who participate in long-term rigorous cognitive exercise have as much as a 63% reduced risk of dementia. There are many ways to keep our brain engaged as we age, including learning a new language, taking a class, or doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, to name a few. We know that an activity that supports cognitive health should be novel and challenging without being frus-

trating. If you are interested in a new challenge, consider using Dakim BrainFitness.

Dakim BrainFitness is a scientifically based, comprehensive, structured, computer-based brain-training program that crosstrains the brain in six essential cognitive domains to improve memory now, and protect brain health in the long-term. Dakim’s unique, patented brain training program was developed with guidance from its team of world-renowned scientific advisors, led by Gary Small, M.D., who at the time was Director of the UCLA Longevity Center.

And while it is very entertaining and enjoyable to use, it gives each user a rigorous and thorough cognitive workout in six cognitive domains (long-term memory, short-term memory, language, computation, visuospatial orientation, and critical thinking).

After all, a cognitive fitness program only works if a person uses it. Dakim is grounded in

science but delivered in an enjoyable, engaging format.

Dakim is provided as a value-added service at no cost to residents as part of Shell Point Connections Café’s focus on a cognitive healthy lifestyle. Dakim can be used on a PC, Mac or iPad. Residents interested in registering for Dakim complete a simple form available through their Concierge Desk and return to the Healthy Living Coordination Department. Once the form is received, a staff member will register the resident on the Dakim platform. The resident will then receive a link from Dakim with simple download instructions. With continued use, the Dakim BrainFitness System self-adjusts the level of difficulty for each user, keeping engagement challenging. New content is developed regularly to keep the “brain games” fresh and fun. Consider adding Dakim BrainFitness to your routine to get a thorough mental workout each day.

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Q&A with FineMark National Bank & Trust

QAHow often do I need to review my estate plan?

Although there’s no hard-and-fast rule about when you should review your estate plan, you should know it’s important to do a review immediately after any major life event, once a year for a quick review based on the economy or tax code changes, and every three years for a thorough review.

There are also circumstantial events that may require you to make changes to your plan to ensure it still meets all of your goals. For example if:

• Your marital status has changed or the marital status of your children or grandchildren has changed

• There has been an addition to your family through birth, adoption or marriage

• Your spouse or family member has died, become ill, or is incapacitated

• There has been a substantial change in the value of your assets or in your plans for their use

• Your income level or requirements have changed

• The personal representative (executor), trustee, guardian, agent under the power of attorney or health care surrogate changes his or her mind about serving in that capacity or you determine he or she is no longer the appropriate person to serve in that capacity

• A review should be done if any major tax law changes are pending.

• The Estate tax exemption amount sunsets at the end of 2025.

Reviewing your estate plan will not only give you peace of mind, but will also alert you to any other changes that need to be addressed. If you have questions regarding your estate plan, talk with your advisor, or stop by the FineMark office on The Island. We are always happy to help and can point you in the right direction.

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Love the Skin You’re In

Keeping your skin healthy is important all year long, but it can be harder in the drier winter months. Remember these tips for getting your skin in tip-top shape for spring:

3 Drink water to keep your body hydrated and maintain your skin’s elasticity.

3 Use a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Harsh cleaners and hot water can strip your skin.

3 Protect your skin from the sun. Remember to use an SPF of 15 or more if you plan on being outdoors.

3 Moisturize daily. If you have sensitive skin, look for products without fragrance.


Skin Care Special

After winter, let your skin drink in some much-needed moisture.

25% OFF

Obagi and G.M. Collin Skin Care

*In stock merchandise only. Good through April 30.

Thursday, April 6 • 2 p.m. THE VILLAGE CHURCH AUDITORIUM

Sign-up starts Monday, March 20 online at, or call the Church office at (239) 454-2147.

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Spring Tea Ladies’
The Island Salon and Spa and the Waterside Salon at the Larsen Health Center for a discount on select products.

2023 School Supply Fund Drive

2023 School Supply Fund Drive

Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 17

The 18th annual School Supply Fund Drive, approved by the Shell Point Residents’ Council, will begin on Friday, April 7 and continue through Monday, April 17. The donated funds will be used to purchase school supplies that will be distributed in July to employees who have schoolaged children and/or grandchildren in grades K through 5.

Last year, Shell Point donors and volunteers achieved new heights: 275 residents donated a record-breaking amount of $19,000, resulting in a nearly 10% increase in the number of bags produced. By implement-

ing some innovative processes, 60 volunteers were able to fill the bags in approximately two-thirds the time compared to last year— and they also distributed them more quickly than ever!

Even with these achievements, we believe there is still room for improvement. We are working with Shell Point’s Human Resources Department to help quantify the need, with a goal of ensuring each employee who cares for elementary school-age children in their home receives the supplies they need. We are also planning to centralize our operations, from delivery and packing, to storing and distribution, all from The Village Church.

This year, packing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13, and we are looking forward to distributing the bags to the always grateful employees on Friday, July 14. If you would like to volunteer, contact Resident Engagement Manager Carol Sperlak at (239) 454-2290.

Please consider contributing to this worthwhile project by making your tax-deductible donation made payable to: Shell Point Retirement Community. Include “School Supplies” in the memo line and use internal campus mail to send it to the Shell Point Accounting Department. Together, we will fulfill our mission of sending elementary school kids back to school with resources they need to succeed. Thank you for your support!

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Co-Chairs Manus O’Donnell (Rosemont) and Jeanne Carguilo (Turban) Volunteers received an apropos token of appreciation for their hard work. JEANNE CARGUILO (TURBAN) AND MANUS O’DONNELL (ROSEMONT)

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In the Galleries


Art That Makes You Smile

Continuing through Saturday, March 18

The Shell Point Gallery


Shell Point Artists and Writers Reflect on Ian Friday, May 5 – Thursday, June 22

Hurry! Don’t miss this chance to participate in an all-resident, all-medium exhibition in the Tribby. Registration—including the completed registration form, images of artworks, digital photos, and written submissions— must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3. Registrations cannot be accepted after that time. See registration forms, available at the Tribby Box Office, for complete details.

In a perfect exhibition for the times, Shell Point resident artists display whimsical artworks that will bring smiles to faces, with many objects on display here for the first time. Maxine Brooks (The Springs) is exhibiting a paper menagerie; Nancy Dimick (The Springs) presents pictures on cardboard boxes; Barbara Heatherly (Royal Bonnet) encores a high-flying textile; Helen Ketteman (Eagles Preserve) displays fanciful paintings, and Carol Mann (Sundial) shows imaginative textiles. In addition, well-known guest artist Katie Gardenia—formerly of Sanibel Island and now of San Antonio, Texas—is displaying a charming fiber art that will touch your heart.

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In the Galleries


STYLED STEEL The Art of Automotive Design


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • The Shell Point Gallery


10 a.m.–Noon • The Tribby Entrance Drive

See the exhibition and amazing cars; light refreshments served.


5:30 – 7 p.m. • The Shell Point Gallery and Tribby Atrium

Going to the Gentri performance in Connie Brown Hall?

Come early to see Styled Steel, meet its artists, and enjoy a dessert!

Tribby Arts Center is excited to present this outstanding exhibition that pairs the exceptional photographs of resident Don Adams (Junonia) with the stunningly realistic watercolors of guest artist Shah Hadjebi and the mesmerizing miniatures of guest artist Al Chailosky. Together, this skilled trio will explore the art of automobile design and the related culture surrounding the automobile.

A retired executive of The Henry Ford Museum, resident Don Adams will display 32 striking photographs of automobile details. Shah Hadjebi of Sanibel will display 20 watercolors that present vintage automobiles in detail so realistic they appear to be photographs. Sculptor Al Chailosky of Fort Myers, one of the nation’s leading miniaturists, is displaying three miniatures portraying, in exacting detail, the gas-station

culture of a by-gone era. Complementing these objects, a presentation on the gallery screens will show automotive designs from 1940 to 2020.

Whether you enjoy history, photography, painting, fascinating miniatures, or beautiful automobile design, this is a must-see exhibition in Tribby Arts Center open through Saturday, April 29.

The Galleries are open Tuesday – Saturday • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seren dipity

the shop at TribbyArtsCenter

Now reopened!

The popular gift shop located inside the Shell Point Gallery of Tribby Arts Center has reopened! It offers a wonderful variety of gifts made by both Shell Point and guest artists, including paintings, photography, wooden items, fused glass, pottery, jewelry, shawls and scarves, unique cards, and more.

Proceeds benefit the artists and help support the Tribby.

Open Tuesday–Saturday • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Texas Gas Pumps by Al Chailosky Partly Sunny by Shah Hadjebi Plymouth Prowler by Don Adams


Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, April 29

This pair of exhibitions celebrates the election of Anita Putnam and Sallie Rich as Legacy Artists of Shell Point, an honor that recognizes an artist’s service to the artistic community of Shell Point and excellence in the body of work created.

ANITA PUTNAM The Shape of Color

The Tribby Legacy Gallery

The paintings of Legacy Artist Anita Putnam (Harbor Court) are found in private collections throughout the country. With their strong colors, bold shapes, and flattened spatial depth, Anita’s distinctive work can evoke a range of emotions, from calm to exuberance to intrigue. Residents will be amazed at the variety in Anita’s body of work.

ON THE PEDESTALS: Baskets by Carolyn Wood

Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, April 29

The Tribby Legacy and Overlook Galleries

A new exhibition element at the Tribby, On the Pedestals takes advantage of the gallery pedestals to display three-dimensional objects within separate exhibitions that are otherwise limited to two-dimensional objects. The series debuts this month by presenting the handsome baskets created by Carolyn Wood (Nautilus) between 2005 and 2010.


Through Saturday, April 29

The Collaborations Gallery

Painting inspires poetry and poetry inspires painting in EKPHRASIS, a year-long series of exhibitions resulting from a collaboration between the Painters

SALLIE RICH Relationships

The Overlook Gallery

Legacy Artist Sallie Rich (King’s Crown) is widely recognized for her images of nature that convey deep respect for her bird and animal subjects. The exhibition will display “Great Blues in Love,” a series of images taken in 2011 documenting the courtship of two great blue herons. The exhibition also displays highlights of Sallie’s most recent work.

and Writers Guilds. Continuing through Saturday, March 18, is The Collaborative Works of Suzanne Bennett and Tanya Hochschild. Then, opening on Friday, March 24 and through Saturday, April 29, The Collaborative Works of Susan Schmitt and Debby Topliff will be on display.

In the Studios

GLASS STUDIO Glass Fusing Class

Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 18, 25 10 a.m. – Noon

Tribby Glass Studio

Noted Glass Fusing artist, Petra Kaiser, will be offering a combination beginner and intermediate class in the Glass Studio.

Classes are limited to eight students to allow Petra to provide individual guidance on projects. Cost is $120 for four weeks, due at time of registration (payable to CMA Glass; send to Bill Hotchkiss, 9306 Parkwood Ct.) Beginning students will also pay an additional $60 materials fee (payable to Petra on the first day of class). Contact Nancy Bell, or (205) 261-8605 for more information.

Beginners Stained Glass Classes

Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 • 1 – 4 p.m.

The Tribby Glass Studio

Participants will learn the craft, from pattern selection to glass cutting and grinding, foiling and soldering using 8 to 10 pieces of glass to create a finished piece of stained glass artwork approximately 12" x 12" in size. Cost is $20 to cover studio materials and glass; all tools needed are available in the glass studio. The class will be limited to ten students. Contact Bill Hotchkiss by mail at Parkwood 9306 or email

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Monday, March 13 2 p.m.

Painting Studio

The March 13 Painters Guild meeting will feature Anita Putnam as she talks about her middle-age start on her Artist’s Journey, how authenticity generates creativity, and her Legacy Exhibition called The Shape of Color. Also at the meeting, Karen Meredith’s Artist Talk introduces us to “Joaquin Sorolla: The Forgotten Impressionist.” Open to all residents.

Let’s Edit Your Manuscript

Thursday, March 2 • 3 p.m.

Writers Guild Studio

Editor and Shell Point resident Roger Palms (Lucina) directs a small group workshop of resident writers interested in improving their memoir and non-fiction writing.

Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, March 9, 23, April 13, 27 • 3 p.m.

Writers Guild Studio

Directed by poet and Shell Point resident Nick Ranson (Periwinkle), this workshop is designed for poets who want to take their writing to the next level. Participants will share recently written poems with a small group and receive helpful and focused feedback.

Imagery in Poetry

Thursday, March 16 • 3 p.m.

Writers Guild Studio

discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Sign-up not required. Special Book Displays during March and April will reflect the programs’ content.

American Art

March 5: “Artists of Small Town America” led by Linda Kramer (Harbor Court)

March 19: “Rich Wild West of American Art” led by Rosemary Giovannone and Peter Cover (Palm Acres)

April 2: “Art of the American Metropolis” led by Linda Kramer (Harbor Court)

April 16: “The Wyeth Family” led by Joe Burkart (Eagles Preserve)


Open Mic Poetry Readings

Wednesdays, March 1 and April 12 • 4 p.m.

Literary Lounge

All Shell Point residents are welcome. The April 12 Open Mic is a special event for Shell Point and a unique collaboration between Shell Point and Florida Gulf Coast University. Faculty and student poets from FGCU will be reading several of their poems for the delight of residents. Join the growing number of lovers of poetry here at Shell Point and be inspired by these accomplished poets.

This engaging session is led by Doug Cartwright (Lakewood), who will build upon his previous two seminars that focused on the power of sound and the value of meaning devices in poetry and emphasize the dynamics of imagery in appreciating a poem. Doug will review war and anti-war poems from World War I and World War II. He also will help participants trace the Imagist movement in poetry during the early 20th Century and learn how to add it to their own poetry-making. Highlighted will be poems by Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, and Amy Lowell. Participants need not to have attended either of the previous two seminars.

LITERARY LOUNGE Art in the Lounge

Sundays, March 5 and 19; April 2 and 16 • 3 p.m.

Want to expand your horizons and learn how art has influenced our cultural development? Tribby Arts Library’s new series of programs, “Art in the Lounge,” will feature a video followed by an informal

Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 • 2 p.m.

A virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and his paintings.

Resident Performing Arts


Wednesdays • 2:30 p.m.

Connie Brown Hall

Shell Point’s resident Big Band plays concerts with a twist for the greatest audience in the world. Admission is free.

March 8: You May Be Entitled to Compensation

March 22: Aural Mosaics

April 5: Cool Jazz, Warm Feelings

April 19: My Time Machine

May 3: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

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My Wife and Daughters in the Garden by Joaquin Sorolla

The Fine & Performing Arts Series

Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $45 Resident | $55 Public Connie Brown Hall

The world tends to look at accomplishments in the form of accolades and Michael Cleveland has plenty to his credit, including a 2019 Grammy® award. After picking up the fiddle at age four, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward toward early success. “When I started taking lessons,” he remembers, “I told the

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teacher right up front that I wanted to learn how to play bluegrass and I wanted to play ‘Orange Blossom Special.’” Soon after, he brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Kraus, and was handpicked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14.


Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $40 Resident | $50 Public Connie Brown Hall

Sponsored by Marie-Michelle McCarthy

WindSync is a collective of five outstanding North American wind musicians whose concerts are intimate, joyful and thoughtfully programmed, with people and places in mind.

The group has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterworks, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation,

and championing new works by today’s composers. The quintet eliminates the “fourth wall” between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection. This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble’s three-pronged mission of artistry, education and community-building, lends WindSync its reputation as “a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too,” per Alison Young of Classical MPR. WindSync launched an international touring career after winning the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2018, they were medalists at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

WindSync has appeared in recital at the Met Museum, Ravinia, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, the quintet was invited by the Library of Congress to perform the world premiere of Paul Lansky’s “The Long and the Short of It,” commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Other premieres include “The Cosmos,” a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra by Pulitzer finalist Michael Gilbertson, and works by Ivan Trevino, John Steinmetz, Marc Mellits, Erberk Eryilmaz, and Akshaya Avril Tucker. Forthcoming commissions include new works for wind quintet by Mason Bynes, Viet Cuong, and Nathalie Joachim.

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Sponsored by Barb and Tom Dunham

The Fine & Performing Arts Series


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Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $45 Resident | $55 Public

Connie Brown Hall

Sponsored by Madelyn Hanlon and Deborah La Gorce

GENTRI, short for The Gentlemen Trio, was established in 2014 and is comprised of three dynamic tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound they call “cinematic pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all arranged by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson.

To date, GENTRI has released four EPs and three full-length albums, including the Christmas album “Season of Light.” Almost all of GENTRI’s albums have reached #1 on various Billboard charts. The group is also known for its award-winning music videos, which have been featured on news outlets around the world including ABC World News, NBC Nightly News and Inside Edition. Their “Little Drummer Boy” music video has amassed over 100 million views on YouTube and Facebook.

GENTRI has performed all over the United States and across the globe. They have shared the stage with world-renowned talent, including Tony Award-winning powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth, international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel, and the legendary rock bands Journey, Blondie and One Republic.


Monday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $45 Resident | $55 Public

Connie Brown Hall

“Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel” is a re-creation of the iconic 1981 reunion concert featuring award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers. Lessack and Rodgers will perform all the masterpieces heard on the night that half a million people gathered in Central Park to witness musical history. The duo revisits the exact set list, a repertoire of lyrical masterpieces that includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence,” and many more. This is not an impersonation, but an homage by two exciting and perfectly matched performers who’ve headlined in venues around the world.

The union of New York City natives Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel produced some of the most memorable sounds of the 1960s, owing to the powerful combination of

(mainly) Simon’s songwriting and their dulcet harmonies, which belied an acrimony that was never resolved. Despite that, and after famously calling it quits by 1970, they rose to the occasion when they were asked by the City of New York to raise funds for the badly needed renovation of Central Park. The resulting legendary 1981 concert was documented by HBO.

Lee Lessack’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated and engaging persona have made him a shining star on the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine called his singing “vocal romanticism of a high order.” Johnny Rodgers is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway veteran, and recording artist who was described by The New York Times’ Stephen Holden as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer.”

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Sponsored by Dick Boehning and Penny Wilkinson




Shell Point’s 2023

Spring, Summer and Fall Concert Season

is taking the stage in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center. Don’t miss this dynamic series with exciting live performances from an impressive array of talented artists!

Watch your mailbox for the full Concert Series brochure in March.

FLORIDA GULFSHORE BALLET Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $30 Resident | $40 Public Connie Brown Hall

In this ballet version of Shakespeare’s play, Queen Titania and King Oberon celebrate their dominion over the fairies and their control over the mismatched human lovers in ecstatic dance. The trickster, Puck, gambols throughout the corps spreading magic and mischief.


Monday, April 24, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 Resident | $25 Public Connie Brown Hall

he FGCU Jazz Ensemble will present a Mardi Gras-themed concert featuring the music of New Orleans, with selections by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Benny Goodman, and many more! Our special guest for this concert will be the New Orleans-based quartet “The Saturn Quartet,” which is comprised by members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Tribby Box Office • Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • (239) 415-5667

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


Sunday, March 12 Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft were both nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for this drama of life in the world of ballet. Two friends go their separate ways, one to continue her dance career and the other to marry and have a family. Years later, fate brings them together again when one of the friend’s daughters has the opportunity to join a ballet troupe. A romantic and moving story of envy, hatred, friendship, triumph and love. Who regrets the path one takes in life? Premier Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is featured and was nominated for best supporting actor. Ballet fans will appreciate the dance sequences with ballerina Leslie Browne.


Sunday, March 26

The last few years of the life of impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh is filmed in the most unusual and colorful way…in animation! A young mailman seeks an answer to the artist’s mysterious death by tracing his last days in the village. He meets the residents and visits locales painted by Van Gogh. These paintings all come to life in brilliant color. Over 6,000 paintings by 100 artists were created for this Oscar-winning animation. Please note—check the Academy of Lifelong Learning schedule for March 20, when Carol Jonson presents on the life of Vincent Van Gogh and the making of this fascinating film.


Sunday, April 23

This Blake Edwards comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon is a fun follow up to the Academy’s presentation on the historic 1908 car race. Peter Falk and Natalie Wood are also featured in this colorful film that re-creates the world of old-fashioned road races and daredevil stunts. Follow their adventures through the Wild West and Russian steppes; add colorful costumes, magnificent sets, some slapstick humor, a Henry Mancini score and a cast of superb supporting players, for a delightful afternoon.


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


Monday, March 6

March is the opening of the baseball season here in Florida, so it is fitting to present this classic musical this month. The co-stars, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, guaranteed a huge hit for MGM studios. At the turn of the century, two vaudevillians take to the field for the baseball season. This year there is a surprise for them, a new team owner, and she’s a woman (Esther Williams)! Adding to the mayhem is Edward Arnold as a gambler pressing them to throw the big game. A romp for Kelly and Sinatra, with a score by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

QUARTET (2012)

Monday, March 20

Perhaps not quite a musical, but a drama with music, is this charming film directed by Dustin Hoffman. A lovely estate in the English countryside is the site of a retirement home for former musicians and performers. The residents stage a yearly gala to raise money for the home. Of course, they are all very talented, but they hope to have a resounding success if they can convince four former opera stars to sing the quartet from Rigoletto. The problem is…the four have good and bad memories of their former relationships. Starring Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon.


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Fred Astaire plays a Broadway star whose dance partner (Ann Miller) has decided to go solo. He declares he can turn anyone into a hit performer, including chorus girl Hannah (Judy Garland). The story is not much, but it’s the singing, dancing and incredible costumes that make this a feel-good movie and one of the best musicals of the classic era. Watch for Peter Lawford singing and Ann Miller’s superb dancing. Meant to be a Gene Kelly vehicle, Fred Astaire came out of retirement to star when Kelly broke his leg. The film features songs by Irving Berlin.

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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.


Monday, March 13

Presented at Baden-Baden’s Pentecost Festival, this production of Boito’s Mefistofele captured the hearts of both audiences and critics—a rare feat! The success was unmistakably due in great part to the presence of Erwin Schrott—already celebrated for his performance as a seductive, witty, and diabolical Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust. The masterfully subtle Charles Castronovo incarnates the disillusioned philosopher Faust, who makes a deal with the devil. Philipp Himmelmann’s staging combines simple elements (a stage curtain made of silvery filaments and a giant protean skull) to incredible effect to tell the story of Goethe’s Faust.

Centered around the antagonistic character of Mephistopheles, this Italian opera alternates between the lyricism of Verdi—for whom Boito wrote the librettos of Othello and Falstaff—and the ambitious “gesamtkunstwerk” of Wagner in which the composer is his own librettist. The only completed opera that the Italian composer ever wrote, Mefistofele was celebrated by critics and received standing ovations from its audiences. Going toe to toe with Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (1846) and Gounod’s Faust (1859), Boito’s Mefistofele was an artistic breath of fresh air in a century when, between Verdi and Wagner, everything seemed to have already been done.


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“Superbly inventive, [Malandain’s] writing outlines a very human story, full of tension and contrasts,” says Agnès Santi (La Terrasse), “that unfolds between the desire for beauty and the pain of living, between the dream of a harmonious world and the reality of a life without horizons.”

Executed with the trademark mastery of the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Malandain’s neat and precise choreography navigates the emotions and themes so acutely expressed by Beethoven in his “Pastoral” Symphony and two lesser-known works: incidental music from The Ruins of Athens, and the Op. 112 cantata Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”). The 22 members of the celebrated corps de ballet give kinetic shape to Beethoven’s evocative imagery, matching the music’s spirit of serene harmony and idyllic idealism beat for beat and step for step.


Works by Wagner, Dvořák, Gershwin, Bizet, Bernstein

Monday, April 10

The historic concert of New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Who would have thought it? An American orchestra performing in North Korea! Hundreds of millions watched this historic New York Philharmonic concert on television in February 2008, and for a few hours the Cold War hostilities seemed to be forgotten.

Music became diplomacy when conductor Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, the USA’s most eminent orchestra, opened the concert in the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre with both the American and the North Korean national anthems. The entertaining program included music by Wagner, Dvořák, Gershwin, Bizet and Bernstein and prompted the North Korean audience to standing ovations. This courageous musical project also united Korean and American musicians, who, together, produced a technically brilliant performance. The musicians barely spoke to one another, communicating in exchanged glances and body language, and when Lorin Maazel raised his baton at the end of the concert and the orchestra embarked on Arirang, a lilting folk song emblematic of the North and South Korean people, the audience was obviously touched.


A Film by Olivier Mille

Monday, April 24

The Crystal Liturgy, from the name of the first movement of the Quartet for the End of Time, is the ideal introduction to the world of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), whose original work is like a singular planet rotating around nature and faith, its stars. The film uses rare documents: we see Messiaen giving lessons at the Conservatoire de Paris with generous simplicity; we follow him down the paths of nature as he writes down the songs the birds teach him; we admire Yvonne Loriod, his wife, student and accomplice, who plays the works of her teacher. He is also interviewed at length, at different ages, which enables us to understand the particularity of his creative process and to understand the mysteries of a vocation: how could an eight-year-old boy, living alone with a mother who wasn’t a musician, in a family where there were no musicians, know beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was a musician?

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Introducing the 2023 Residents’ Council

The Shell Point Residents’ Council is a committed group of resident volunteers who are dedicated to representing the interests and needs of their fellow residents.

One representative from each court serves on the Council, which is the residents’ governing body, to act on sponsorship of proposed programs, such as fundraisers like the United Way Campaign, Bakeless Bake Sale, Library Fund Drive, School Supply Drive, and

the Employee Christmas Gift Fund. Each Court Representative also serves as the court contact in the event of evacuation to the Shell Point Hurricane Shelter.

The Residents’ Council holds regular monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July and August. While only the acting Court Representative has the power to discuss and vote on issues, all Shell Point residents are welcome to

attend and hear the issues presented by Court Representatives.

Members of the Shell Point Executive Management Team are also present at Resident Council meetings to provide information and respond to residents. Occasionally, staff from various departments are invited by the Council to attend and present informative updates about ongoing Shell Point activities.

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The Arbor Bill White

Cameo Joan Morgan

Cellana Vicki Waterstradt

Coquina Susan Stranahan

Eagles Preserve Pat Ostrom

The Enclave ............................. Bob Lindman

The Estuary Angie Ward

Harbor Court .......................... JoAnn Fagnan

Junonia Bob Barger

King’s Crown Gordon Cathey


Phyllis Sharp

Larsen Health Center Jane Haines

Lucina ....................................... Mary Varnum



Marvin Ball

Wayne Robbins

Oakmont Howard Means

Palm Acres

George Waters

Parkwood Earl Kennedy

Periwinkle ............................... Larry McBee

Rosemont Liz Schilling

Royal Bonnet .......................... Harold Roth

Sand Dollar

The Springs


Jan Sparrow

Nancy Murphy

Bob Feik



George Waters

Vice Chairman

Larry McBee

Corresponding Secretary Jane Haines

Recording Secretary Marcia Scott

Council Chaplain


Don Sloan Turban

Joe Belanger

Rev. Jerry Palmquist

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Shell Point is pleased to introduce the newly elected 2023 Residents’ Council, and expresses its gratitude for their volunteer service in these important positions.


Resident Generosity Helps Return Beloved Boat to Shell Point

When Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc across the Shell Point campus back in September, not even the Suzy Q escaped its wrath. Immediately after the storm, Captain Russell Spence reported that the boat sustained extensive damage, including the complete destruction of the canopy top and supporting framework; tears in the upholstered seats; and a dent to the starboard hull. The storm waters also compromised all the electrical systems, including lighting, the public address system, and navigational equipment. But that wasn’t all.

Captain Russ. Despite the long list of repairs, he saw the silver lining: “Thankfully, she did not suffer any damage that would affect the watertight integrity of the hull.”

As expected, such an extensive list of repairs translated into a significant expense. Jeff Cory, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation, shared that a group of residents donated the more than $60,000 needed to restore the Suzy Q to her former glory and return her to service at Shell Point.

“The storm-damaged deck hardware needed to be repaired, and the hull rub rails replaced, along with new bottom paint and repairs to the exterior wrap,” said

“It’s another great example of residents seeing a need and joining together in generosity to help make a difference at Shell Point,” said Jeff. “I’m looking forward

to celebrating with each of them on the Suzy Q’s maiden voyage!”

The Suzy Q was repaired at Trident Pontoons in Tavares, Florida, which is where she was built. She was completed ahead of schedule and delivered to the Horton Park Boat Ramp in Cape Coral in mid-February. Joined by resident volunteers and Suzy Q crew members, including Rick Marton (Turban) and Steve Himebrook (Turban), Captain Russ sailed the Suzy Q back to Shell Point and moored at her dock by The Village Church—safe and sound.

“The Suzy Q was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment, and she passed with flying colors. I’m thrilled to report she is ready for passengers!”

With the Suzy Q back and good as new, a full schedule of excursions is planned for March and April—including fun lunch and dinner trips to Fort Myers Beach and Cape Coral, as well as several Nature Cruises. Stop by your Concierge Desk to save your spot. We are looking forward to many more adventures together on the Suzy Q!

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Virtual Dementia Tour ® Your Window into their World

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is the gift of understanding. Understanding another person’s experience and showing empathy builds connections and trust and strengthens relationships. Feeling understood is a foundation of psychological safety and plays a role in helping us manage our emotions. When trying to understand what another person is experiencing, we can usually draw on a comparable situation in our life to help make a connection. When caring for a loved one living with dementia, understanding their day-to-day experience and challenges

they face requires more creative methods. Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an evidence-based dementia simulation training designed to help make that understanding possible.

VDT uses trained facilitators, patented sensory tools, and instruction based on research. VDT enables caregivers to experience for themselves the challenges someone living with dementia faces and build a greater understanding of dementia. Caregivers who have experienced VDT report an increased sensitivity to and awareness of the challenges faced by their loved ones.

This training is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers and friends of someone living with dementia to help you understand your loved one’s experience. We invite you to sign up to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour® on Wednesday, April 12. Space is limited, and a reservation is necessary to attend. Call Janine Hammond, Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Health at (239) 454-2186 to reserve your spot. Important note: this experience is not appropriate for someone with a dementia diagnosis or someone experiencing memory challenges.

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Auxiliary Annual Meeting

At the Shell Point Healthcare Auxiliary annual meeting in January, the group met to discuss goals for the upcoming year and reaffirm their mission of enhancing the lives of residents and patients in the Larsen Health Center by creating a caring environment of dignity and independence.

BAKE SALE Bakeless


Money raised through the Larsen Healthcare Auxiliary’s Bakeless Bake Sale supports Larsen Health Center projects, as well as scholarships for healthcare workers who are continuing their education. Our 2022 drive for new wheelchairs was a great success! Thanks to all of your generous gifts, we were able to purchase 91 new wheelchairs.

This year, we hope to purchase larger reclining wheelchairs, along with new library books and the always-appreciated resident holiday gift bags. In addition, we have set another ambitious goal: a six-seat golf cart for transporting individuals to and from the parking lot and the Larsen Health Center entrance.

In the past, your generous donations have made many projects possible. The Shell Point Healthcare Auxiliary members and Health Center staff thank you for all your support as we continue to enhance the lives of our Larsen Health Center residents.

Sara Sterling, Director of Long Term Care
John Leiter (Lucina), Ron Rowe (Estuary), Minnie Osteyee (Sundial), Jane Haines (Springs), Suzanne Velin (Eagles Preserve), Betty Bullock (Springs), Ruth Chapin (Junonia), Jane Isebrand (Parkwood), Tina Colehower (Estuary), Jeanne Carguilo (Turban), Dorothy Larsen (Junonia), and Dave Van Wagnen (Junonia).
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Rachel Zellers, Director of Healthcare Compliance and Education Alice Wertz (Estuary) and Jane Haines (Springs)

The Auxiliary Benefits Shell Point—and Beyond

As you know, the Shell Point Healthcare Auxiliary is a group of dedicated volunteers who serve residents in the Larsen Health Center, assist staff, and organize fundraising to help support skilled nursing at Shell Point.

But did you know that more than 200 wheelchairs have been donated by and for our Shell Point residents over the past 24 years? Last year’s successful Bakeless Bake Sale resulted in an amazing acquisition of 91 new wheelchairs for the Larsen Health Center.

Because of the generosity of residents, The Auxiliary has the possibility of donating some of our older, used wheelchairs for a worthy endeavor. Through both Auxiliary contacts, as well as other retired Shell Point pastors and missionaries, it has come to our notice of the needs of about a dozen hospi-

tals in the Congo. This is through contact with Katherine and Wayne Niles, who are White Cross medical missionaries for over 30 years with American Baptist International Ministries’ Africa Desk. They have support from a number of Shell Point residents.

After supplying the needs of our residents at Shell Point, we concluded we had approximately 30 wheelchairs available for use in Africa. It’s also interesting to note how we actually became aware of this need: When Katherine was on leave last summer, she took some of the older light blue smocks the Auxiliary members used to wear and brought them back to Africa. The shipment we are preparing will include the wheelchairs, as well as about 90 remaining smocks that will be put to good use by others.

The Wheelchair Shop volunteers are currently preparing the shipment to the Brethren Service Center in Maryland, which is the point-of-service for items to be included in a container for the White Cross to the Congo. So far, Shell Point resident donations are covering about 80% of the roughly $1,200 total shipping costs to the Brethren Service Center. The Village Church also supported this worthy endeavor with a generous donation to the Auxiliary. Shell Point has agreed to coordinate the packaging and shipping logistics.

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Auxiliary and this year’s Bakeless Bake Sale. Not only are you making a difference in our community, you are helping others in need across the world.

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Wayne and Katherine Niles

Assisted Living Open House

Understanding Shell Point Assisted Living Options

Are you interested in learning more about your assisted living options at Shell Point? Join us for an informational presentation to answer your questions, including

What services are provided in Assisted Living?

How do I access Assisted Living when I am ready?

What costs should I be aware of?

What can I expect during the move process?

In addition, we’ll discuss some of the most frequently heard myths about assisted living. Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to take a personally guided tour, including the chance to view furnished apartments of varying sizes. This event will leave you knowledgeable and prepared to plan for your future assisted living needs whether it is 6 months or 10 years from now. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat at one or all three events, please sign up at your Concierge Desk!

Earns Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating

The Legacy Foundation received a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest possible ranking awarded by the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The Legacy’s 100% rating in the Accountability & Finance category reflects in Charity Navigator’s positive assessment of The Legacy’s financial health—including financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness—and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

The Legacy Foundation’s 100% rating is even more impressive compared to the foundations for our local CCRCs, which averaged

93%; Healthcare systems, which averaged 91%; and Institutions of Higher Education, which averaged 97%. Elevating the comparison to a global scale, major international charities rated around 92%.

“Our Charity Navigator rating reassures Shell Point residents that their charitable objectives are treated with the highest possible level of integrity and stewardship,” said Jeff Cory, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point. “It is our privilege to work with residents to help them identify their purpose and passion, give meaningfully to their community, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

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The Springs King’s Crown The Arbor Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at 2 p.m.


Spring Financial Seminars from The Academy of Lifelong Learning

Learn about services from The Legacy Foundation, forensic investing, identify theft and more through these informative Academy seminars. Seating is limited. Register online at

Introduction to the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point

Wednesday, March 8 • 10 – 11 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/Woodlands

Since 2001, the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point has provided peace of mind through financial, wealth and philanthropic services exclusively for residents of Shell Point. Join Jeff Cory, CFP, CTFA, ChFC, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation, to meet the team and learn more about:

• Legacy Foundation services designed for Shell Point residents

• Daily Money Management (Bill Paying) Program and Fiduciary Services

• Essential Estate Planning Documents for Florida residents

• Philanthropy at Shell Point

Forensic Investigating

Wednesday, March 22 • 10 – 11 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/Woodlands

Come join the FineMark National Bank & Trust professionals and learn more about Forensic Investing, including what is a portfolio investigation; bond market risk; income vs. total return and more.

Identity Theft

Thursday, April 13 • 10 – 11 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/Woodlands

Join professionals from FineMark National Bank & Trust as they explain one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Learn the latest scams to avoid, how to best protect yourself, and the importance of credit freezes.

The Evolution of Markets: Scarier than Jurassic Park

Wednesday, April 19 • 10 – 11 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/Woodlands

Nadine Wilkes and Paul Weinstein with Weinstein Wilkes Financial Group visit Shell Point discuss stock market investing in 2023. The Fed is the predator and inflation is their prey, but the hunt might be coming to an end. Can dispersion and diversion keep your portfolio from erupting?

The Power of Purpose

Tuesday, April 18 • The Village Church • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

During National Volunteers Week, Shell Point embraces the opportunity to express our gratitude for the more than 1,000 volunteers who give selflessly of their time and talent to help others. We invite you to join us for a delicious buffet lunch and special entertainment as we celebrate our community’s generous spirit of volunteerism!

Seating is Limited. Check campus mail in April for your invitation!

National Volunteers Week is a great time to consider becoming a volunteer if you aren’t one already! Contact Resident Engagement Manager Carol Sperlak at (239) 454-2290 for more information.

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Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25•9 a.m.–4 p.m.


The Quilt Show is back and better than ever! The Quilters have been hard at work creating masterpieces you will not want to miss! Make sure to stop the Grand Cypress room and admire your fellow residents work as they show-off their incredible talent.

Spring Art & Craft Bazaar raft

Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


The wait is over … the Craft Bazaar is back! Come to The Village Church and enjoy two days of homemade crafts, jewelry, art and décor. Come shop and support your fellow residents as they display and sell their wonderful handmade items.

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Holy Week

At The Village Church

The Village Church welcomes all Shell Point residents and their guests to participate a deeply meaningful series of faith-enhancing services during Holy Week.

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10 a.m. •
on The Island
PALM SUNDAY Morning Worship Service with Pastor Andy 10 a.m. • Sanctuary 2 April 7 April GOOD FRIDAY Morning Service with 13-piece Orchestra Ensemble, Choir
Communion 10 a.m.
Sanctuary 9 April Easter Celebration Service
a.m. • Friendship Point

But we see Jesus...

Easter Patience

We approach the Easter season, one of the highlights of the Christian year.

For those familiar with liturgical traditions, the season starts with Lent, a period of (relative) fasting in preparation for remembering the passion of our Lord. Then comes Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and the celebration of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The week unfolds with Good Friday, marking the day Jesus was crucified. Then comes Sunday – Resurrection Day – known traditionally as Easter, when Jesus rose from the grave.

For us who believe in Jesus, his resurrection is revolutionary. It validates Jesus as the incarnate Son of God. It demonstrates his victory over sin and death. And it assures us that our faith is not in vain, and affirms that we have eternal life in his glorious presence to give us hope. No single event has more significance for the Christian than the resurrection of Christ.

We at The Village Church will celebrate the season with a number of special services. Palm Sunday with the waving of palm branches, Good Friday with a service of darkness, Easter Sunrise at Friendship Point with the release of the doves, and a glorious celebration of Resurrection Day in our morning worship.

But the Resurrection of Christ is not the end of the story, though it is certainly a

climax. Jesus appeared to his disciples over the course of 40 days. Then he ascended into heaven and assumed his position at the right hand of God the Father, reigning over creation until the time he will consummate all things with his second coming. That is the testimony of the scripture, and the confidence of the historic orthodox Church through the ages.

And yet until that final consummation, we wait. And no one likes waiting. Especially when our world seems to continue in its corruption and dysfunction.

The Bible testifies to this very condition:

Matters closer to home may occupy our minds these days. It’s been about six months since Hurricane Ian. Things are better – but not entirely back to normal. Outside Shell Point progress is even slower. Some things out there will never be back to “normal.”

So patience is required of us all – both for our heavenly future and for our earthly circumstances.

But the same God who raised Jesus from the dead is the God who protected and provided for us here at Shell Point during the storm. He has been faithful beyond our comprehension. And he has placed us in a community of faith, a community rooted the truth of Jesus Christ, a community that has patiently endured displacement and disruption, but that still hopes in him for a glorious future.

That’s why the author of Hebrews concludes his statement with these words:


We live in a world of difficulty, of trial, of suffering – longing for the consummation of Jesus Christ. And that suffering affects us all, sooner or later. But we who believe in Jesus know it’s worth the wait. The Resurrection of Christ is proof of our hope of a glorious future.

“But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus...”

(Hebrews 2.8-9)

I trust that, even in our challenging times, you too will “see Jesus” during the resurrection season.

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“For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him”
(Hebrews 2.7)

Out & About

Cheering on the Everblades

Shell Point’s sports fans took a trip to Hertz arena to support our local Florida Everblades, a developmental affiliate for the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers. The team played an impressive game against the Orlando Solar Bears. A crowd of nearly 7,000 passionate fans were on the edge of their seats when the game was tied 2-2 by the end of the third period, leading to a seven-minute overtime and a nail-biting 14 round shootout, sealing Orlando’s victory for the night. No matter the final score, our residents still had a blast cheering on our hometown team!

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Dennis Nied (Nautilus), Gordon Cameron (Nautilus) T Irmscher, Miki Swadner (Palm Acres), Roger Carlson, Fred Patrignelli (Cellana), Darlynne Patrignelli (Cellana), Dennis Nied (Nautilus), Gordon Cameron (Nautilus) John Pluhar (Palm Acres), Kathryn Pluhar (Palm Acres), Carolyn Mondora (Arbor), Gary Eertmoed (Sand Dollar)

Cornhole Tourney

In anticipation of the upcoming Shell Point Games, the Resident Programing Team organized a Cornhole Tournament at The Village Church for all “cornhole connoisseurs”—or anybody else looking for a fun afternoon activity. Residents paired up in teams of two to compete in a tournament bracket, with Carmen Lemma (Cameo) and David Smith (Lakewood), better known as “The Challengers,” coming out on top. Participants enjoyed beverages and delicious pizza cooked fresh from The Crystal! The tournament was a great opportunity for residents to enjoy the wonderful weather while meeting new friends and having fun!

Who Dunnit?

All Aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train! A group of residents and family members recently experienced a special night out on the Seminole Gulf Railroad. While embarking on a train ride towards the edge of the Caloosahatchee River, participants enjoyed a delicious five-course dinner with poached salmon, prime rib, and roasted chicken for their main entrees. In between courses residents were immersed within the unique theatrical experience “Two for Flinchin’,” as performers transformed the train car into their stage. During the performance, the murder of a criminal lawyer was discovered, and it was up to residents to keep track of clues to determine exactly who dunnit. Although Shell Point’s finest detectives were unable to correctly identify a suspect, the event made for a great night full of fun and socialization.

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Michelle Fishburne with her mother, Pat Fishburne (Estuary) Don Schorr (Cameo), Claude Moldaver (Junonia) Roger Olson (Coquina), Susan Caruso (Sand Dollar) Paul Corliss (Estuary) Daniel Cathey (Tellidora), Kay Cathey (Tellidora)

Out & About

The Naples Zoo

On a perfect cool January morning, Shell Point residents embarked upon an excursion to The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, which is accredited both as a zoo and a botanical garden. This local nonprofit organization combines conservation with recreation and has a mission to inspire people of all ages to respect, value and help conserve wildlife and our natural world.

Upon their arrival, residents were greeted by knowledgeable zookeepers who led an educational, guided tour of the nearly 45-acre property. Residents delighted in exploring the paths while seeing Florida gators, monkeys, bears, pythons, and especially the lions, all while having their questions about the animals answered along the way.

When the tour came to an end, residents thanked their informative tour guides and ventured around the property at their leisure. A highlight for all was a ride on the Primate Cruise, where they group traveled to different islands to view a variety of primates at home in their habitats. Afterward, they spent the remainder of the visit viewing their favorite exhibits. Several residents even got up close and personal while feeding the giraffes!

Deneele Walker (Junonia), Chris Clapp (Harbor Court), Mary Layman (Lucina) Barbara Ellis (Enclave)

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