Shell Point Life Nov/Dec 2023

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Nov/Dec 2023

Vol. 18 Issue 6



A New Era of Wellness at Shell Point With the opening of Wright Wellness Center in the Coastal Links neighborhood, Shell Point has created a centralized hub for integrated wellness programs and activities designed to help residents live their most vibrant, fulfilled lives. Turn to page 4 to learn more about Wright Wellness Center and see photos from the dedication and grand opening event.


The Spirit of the Season There’s no better place to be than Shell Point for the holidays, with tree lighting festivities on The Island and at the Tribby (page 21), services and events at The Village Church, and an incredible array of holiday events and performances filled with cheer (page 14). Holiday dining at Shell Point is the ideal way to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas and share a memorable meal with your Shell Point family and friends (page 7). And remember, this year’s Holiday Bazaar is the perfect opportunity to find your loved ones the perfect handcrafted gifts (page 25).

On the Cover

Academy of Lifelong Learning..................16 Happenings Calendar....18 At The Tribby.............................28

Clutch—a friendly four-year-old Goldendoodle—serves as the official Facility Dog at The Springs Assisted Living at Shell Point. 2

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Shell Point Life is published for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community.

Editor Kara Hado Creative Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Brent Mayer Graphic Designer Vanessa Miranda Contributors Jeff Cory, Claude Emler, Kristen Gartz, Janine Hammond, Andrew Hawkins, Jon High, Joseph Pink, Don Pullen, Emily Reece, Laura Slack, Anna Smith, Jason Smith, Carol Sperlak, Monica Tison, Susan Uhleman


Shell Point Life is available online. You can find this current issue, as well as back issues of Shell Point Life magazine, at

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life to come.”

Pet Therapy Therapy dogs are known to reduce stress and anxiety, boost mood, and create an overall sense of happiness. Their gentle presence and unconditional love have been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mental well-being. Starting on page 8, you’ll meet Clutch and Riley, a pair of compassionate canines who provide comfort to residents of The Springs and Larsen Health Center.


“…but train yourself to be godly; for bodily exercise has value for this life, but godliness has value for this life and the

Support Groups....................40 Out and About........................46

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(239) 466-1131 • Shell Point is a nonprofit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation

An Award-Winning Community

Shell Point continues to distinguish itself as a leader in retirement living. We are proud that our community has been recognized for its commitment to excellence across a variety of areas.

Best Workplace

Best Place to Live

Shell Point has been recognized as one of the 2023 Best Workplaces in Aging Services by Fortune Media and Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture. One of only two Florida retirement communities to earn the designation, Shell Point ranked 13th among the 25 best large senior housing companies to work for in the country. Companies were only considered if they are a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization. In April, Shell Point was recognized as a Great Place to Work for the third consecutive year. “This accolade is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing a supportive and inclusive work environment for our team members at Shell Point,” said Karen Anderson, Shell Point’s Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer. “We believe that a thriving workforce is essential to delivering exceptional care and services to our residents. This recognition inspires us to continue our efforts in creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and empowered.”

Shell Point has once again been recognized as a premier retirement destination, earning a spot on ideal-LIVING magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Places to Live” for the fourth consecutive year. Shell Point’s campus was lauded for its amenities, sense of community, walkability, proximity to healthcare, and beautifully maintained homes and landscaping. The accolade was noted in the summer issue of ideal-LIVING, a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses.

Best Nursing Home Larsen Health Center at Shell Point Retirement Community has been recognized on Newsweek’s America’s Best Nursing Homes 2024 list. This marks the fourth time Shell Point’s skilled nursing care has earned the prestigious honor, which is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. Among the 46 best nursing homes recognized in Florida, Larsen Health Center ranked number eight on the list. “Recognition of this level confirms our resident care and quality at Larsen Health Center is among the best based on national and federal ratings,” said Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare at Shell Point. “I am proud of our team for their commitment to serving our residents and for their contributions toward achieving this honor.” Shell Point Life | November/December 2023



Wright Wellness

Jason Smith, VP of Amenities; Jeff Cory, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation; Deloris Wright; Martin Schappell, President and CEO; Adam Hinds, VP of Operations; Sarah Owen, VP of Business Development

Wright Wellness Center joins other premier Shell Point amenities located within the Coastal Links neighborhood, including Shell Point Golf Club and Tribby Arts Center

Center With the Wright Wellness Center, Shell Point re-envisioned its approach to resident health and wellness—and created a new hub of integrated programs, activities, and services that encourage an active, vibrant, and fulfilled lifestyle. During an October dedication ceremony and open house, residents gathered to celebrate the grand opening and tour the completely transformed 35,000-square-foot Wright Wellness Center in the Coastal Links neighborhood, which is also home to Shell Point Golf Club and Tribby Arts Center. Wright Wellness Center includes an expanded Seagrape Salon & Spa, a 7,000-square-foot fitness center featuring 48 pieces of Technogym Biostrength equipment, and a specialty treatment room with innovative therapeutic equipment to enhance functional longevity. Additional features include a pair of group fitness rooms, Shell Point Golf Club’s new Trackman golf simulator room, and Vue—a new 92-seat dining venue featuring panoramic vistas overlooking Shell Point’s championship golf course. “The Wright Wellness Center embodies Shell Point’s commitment to providing residents with the best that life has to offer, and it stands as a testament to the thriving spirit of our community,” said Jason Smith, Vice President of Amenities. “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.”

Where Health and Well-being Flourish at Shell Point

Bill and Linda Doty (Estuary), Deloris Wright (Estuary) and Jeff Cory

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Fitness team member Denise Flaharty introduces Linda Smith (Harbor Court) to the new fitness center equipment.

Pastor Andrew Hawkins shared a special blessing for the Wright Wellness Center: “We pray that the fuel for these endeavors would surpass the physical, but would, in fact, be spiritual; that the Spirit of God would breathe into us the vitality that can only come from our Creator; that as we run, we feel Your pleasure.” Resident Deloris Wright (Estuary) was thanked for her generous contribution that will impact the quality of life for Shell Point residents now—and for years to come. “Deloris’ act of kindness and generosity helped us to further the essence of our community: a place where well-being takes center stage,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. After the ribbon cutting, team members from Resident Life, Fitness and Healthy Living departments, along with

Salon Manager Robyn Church

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Lucy Beckham (Estuary) and Chef Shaun Smith

staff from the Larsen Health Center Medical Clinic and Rehabilitation, joined together to introduce Wright Wellness Center to residents. Salon Manager Robyn Church said she was looking forward to residents experiencing the newly redesigned Seagrape. “Our enhanced spaces will help us focus on wellness in our massage, body treatments and skin therapies.” Shell Point’s Director of Golf, Paul Fitzpatrick, was excited to introduce the new golf simulator to help players develop and improve their skills through games, challenges, and new courses. He added, “The simulator will allow us to offer enhanced lessons and fittings and will also provide players the opportunity to continue to practice on extremely hot or rainy days.” The new tool will also be used in Larsen Health Center’s reha-

bilitation outpatient therapy program for sports injury recovery. At the event, residents were invited to sample special menu items from Vue. “Chef Shaun is introducing some impressive entrées that residents will love,” said Director of Dining, Paul Tison. “The addition of Vue is the perfect complement to our fantastic dining experiences at Shell Point.” Linda Smith (Harbor Court), who takes advantage of group exercise classes at Shell Point and regularly meets with a personal trainer, said she believes exercise is a key element of healthy aging. She added that she is especially excited about the fitness center’s state-of-the-art strength training equipment. “The new technology takes the guesswork out of working out,” she said. “It also makes it a lot more fun!”

Director of Golf Paul Fitzpatrick

Savor the Season Festive Holiday Dining at Shell Point Celebrate the warmth of Thanksgiving, the spirit of Christmas, and the festivity of the New Year—Shell Point style! This holiday season promises sumptuous buffets, traditional favorites, and decadent desserts. Make your reservations soon to enjoy delicious holiday dining with your family, friends, and neighbors! Call The Crystal at (239) 454-2199 or the Palm Grill at (239) 454-2059.

Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23 Buffets at The Crystal and Grand Cypress Room • $42 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 24

Monday, December 25

Buffet at The Crystal • $22 • 10:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Buffet at The Crystal • $42 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Dinner at Palm Grill • $42 • 3 — 7 p.m. Island Café • Open: 7 a.m. — 4 p.m. Blend • Open: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

Sunday, December 31

Monday, January 1

Buffet at The Crystal • $22 • 10:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Buffet at The Crystal • $22 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Dinner at Palm Grill • $50 • 4 — 7 p.m. Island Café • Open: 7 a.m. — 4 p.m. Blend • Open: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Family Feasts Enjoying the holiday at home? Let us do all the cooking! Family Feasts feature your choice of a 12- to 14-pound turkey with dressing, whipped potatoes, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, or a six-pound baked honey-glazed ham with raisin sauce, and candied sweet potatoes. Both meals are accompanied by a vegetable medley, dinner rolls, and your choice of pumpkin or apple pie! Designed to feed four to six people, the turkey dinner feast is $100 plus 18% gratuity and the ham dinner feast is $90 plus 18% gratuity. Call The Crystal to order the Thanksgiving Feast by 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Order the Christmas Feast by 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 for pickup will on Christmas Day. Pickups for both holidays will take place in the Social Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. * Pricing excludes gratuity; Non-resident add $10

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Puppyhood To Purpose Clutch’s Journey

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Angela Johnston, LPN

In The Springs, Activities Coordinator Renee Hahn and Clutch, the facility dog, have formed an extraordinary team that has touched the lives of both the assisted living residents and the staff as they spread joy, comfort, and companionship. Renee and Clutch’s story began more than four years ago, when she worked at a memory care facility in Iowa. A lifelong lover of dogs, she said she always appreciated working dogs the most. “When they came to visit us at work, I thought ‘This is something I could do!’” After thorough research, she arranged an interview with Deafinitely Dogs, a Cedar Rapids-based organization that specializes in service and facility dog training. “I thought I was going to adopt a two-year-old Yellow Lab that was already trained,” said Renee. “When I got there, I went through the process and met all the dogs. The Lab had already been placed, but I bonded with a four-month-old Goldendoodle who stole my heart.” The deciding moment came when the puppy laid his head on Renee’s lap. “It’s Deafinitely Dog’s philosophy that the dog chooses the person, and they saw how we interacted. The next day, I took this fourmonth-old ball of fur home, and our training together began.” From that moment on, Clutch became a part of Renee’s life, from accompany-

Kiara Irizarry, RN

ing her to work in assisted living, to going to the supermarket. The timing couldn’t have been better: Clutch brought a new sense of purpose to Renee, whose children had just left for college.

Training During a Pandemic Clutch’s training was a labor of love, with Renee taking on the role of his dedicated handler. Every experience was carefully curated to be positive and rewarding, and their bond continued to strengthen. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic presented a training challenge. Despite the restrictions, Clutch continued to bring smiles to the faces of those he interacted with at the assisted living facility. “Even though COVID ended our outside socialization at the airport, restaurants, and public spaces, he luckily was still able to go to work with me. It was just an incredible blessing because we were in lockdown, and we were still able to brighten everyone’s day with resident and staff visits,” said Renee. “He grew up in assisted living.” Renee decided to make the move to Florida in spring of 2020, and naturally, she wanted to take Clutch with her. Deafinitely Dogs agreed with the stipulation that they must secure a

job—together—within six months. “W hen I first inter viewed at Shell Point, I met with McKenzie Millis (Executive Director of The Springs and Connected Living), and I told her ‘You are not only hiring me, but you're hiring the dog.’ She was all for it!” Renee and Clutch completed their training and went back to Iowa during the summer of 2021 for his official certification as a facility dog. “I am able to continue to keep Clutch because an anonymous donor from Shell Point sponsored him as a facility dog. As long as I’m working as his handler, and he's a facility dog, we are good to stay together.”

Distinctions Among Dogs Renee explained the distinctions among the various types of assistance dogs. “An emotional support dog really

Clutch’s unique name has interesting origins: A local motorcycle specialty shop fundraised to sponsor and name a service dog with Deafinitely Dogs. They selected “Clutch” as the name for the Goldendoodle, which is a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

could be any dog. Therapy dogs undergo a six-week training program. The next level is a service dog. They all undergo the exact same training for the first two years of their life with a volunteer. Then, they are placed somewhere they think the dog would be a good fit to continue their training. Training a service dog is a major commitment. “People don’t realize the cost associated with service dogs … they estimate it to be around $25,000 for the dog to be trained, including all the time and all the expenses,” said Renee. “Clutch was born and bred to be a service dog. When I got him, I was amazed at how much he knew at just four months old.” “When I started training him, I had to document and report on everything: What does he like? How does he act? How is the training going? What is easy for him? What’s hard? I had a whole list of scenarios we had to train for, including taking him to public places at least three times a week for socialization. He had to experience as many situa10

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tions as possible. I wanted to make every experience rewarding for him. I never use any yelling or punishment—it’s all positive reinforcement.” But sometimes positive reinforcement just isn’t enough. Early in Clutch’s training, it became clear that he was really attracted to squirrels. “So, you think squirrels, okay, no big deal in the Midwest. But squirrels in Florida are a different story—they’re everywhere and not afraid of dogs,” said Renee. “I trained him, and when we moved here, I continued to train him and even used hot dogs because he’s very treat motivated. He still would not ignore the squirrels. His prey drive was just too strong.” “If you think of a service dog working with somebody with a disability, you can’t have them go chasing squirrels!” said

Charles Shepson (Larsen Health Center) Clutch

a room, for example, during nurses’ meetings, and it’s like he just knows who needs him. He’s got that instinct.” “Renee and Clutch truly are a combo deal and we value the contributions that both bring to Shell Point,” said McKenzie. “At The Springs, we truly are a family, and Clutch is loved by all. Each holiday, Clutch dresses up wearing an outfit handmade by resident Barbara Hilton, bringing joy and smiles to all who interact with him. Renee has done a phenomenal job training Clutch for his role and his positive impact benefits everyone. Renee and Clutch’s story is a testament to the incredible power of the human-animal bond. “Training Clutch has been great for me too. Bringing joy to people—it’s just amazing.”

Dena Morrell (The Springs)

Renee. “It actually turned out to be a good thing and a bad thing, because if I could have trained that out of him, he could have been put in another position as a service dog—he could have been anything. But since he had that fault of loving squirrels and bunnies and little furry animals, he couldn’t be a service dog. But he could be a facility dog.” Facility dogs are a type of service dog for a large group of people. They have a handler who trains them, takes care of them, and goes home with them. But he does not belong to the trainer or handler; he belongs to the organization who sponsors him, Deafinitely Dogs in Clutch’s case. The trainer and handler are volunteers; the dog is an employee of the organization. Just like people, dogs have their own personality, and their own specific likes and dislikes. Clutch was naturally drawn to older people and took walkers and wheelchairs in stride. “But the first time

he was with me and we saw a small child, he was like ‘What is that?’ He had no idea, and he just barked at the poor kid!” said Renee.

Intuitive Compassion Clutch’s role as a facility dog means that under Renee’s care, he is specifically trained to support a larger group of individuals. Residents stop by Renee and Clutch’s office on the third floor of The Springs all the time to pet him and feed him treats. Staff and nurses enjoy visiting with him too. Beyond The Springs, Renee and Clutch visit residents in Connected Living and Larsen Health Center a few times a month. With an intuitive ability to identify and provide comfort to those in need, Clutch seems attracted to certain people. “He can tell…he goes into

Elizabeth Nordin (The Springs)

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Our dedicated volunteers add an invaluable layer of heart and care at Larsen Health Center. With their special blend of energy and warmth, Dawn and Riley are a great team—and we love seeing our residents smile when they visit. It’s part of what makes Shell Point so special. – Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare


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Resident Volunteer Dawn DuVal and Riley bring joy to the Larsen Health Center Riley is a rescued poodle terrier mix. At 13 years old and about 14 pounds, she’s just the right size to get up on a resident’s bed at Larsen Health Center. “When we visit, I enter a room and ask ‘Who wants some puppy love?’” said resident Dawn DuVal (Eagles Preserve). “The residents love talking to her and petting her, and she’s very comfortable with it all. She’s a very loving, calm, well-mannered dog. A few months ago, she lay down next to a resident and settled in. I said to his wife, ‘Well, I guess they’re going to take a nap together!’” In 2012, Dawn and her husband Chuck adopted Riley from Poodle & Pooch Rescue in Orlando, where a staff member guesstimated her age to be six years old. A visit to the vet confirmed she was actually closer to two years old. Soon after, Dawn retired early after a successful 37-year career in finance. “I was trying to figure out my purpose,” said Dawn. “A friend suggested that since Riley had such a good temperament, I should consider pursuing her certification as a therapy dog.” The first step for Riley was passing a rigorous Canine Citizenship test, where she needed to demonstrate her mastery of several commands, from basics like “sit” to the more challenging “leave it.” To become a Certified Therapy Dog, she also had to pass a test with an observer who rated her reaction to other dogs and var-

ious people. Riley passed it all with flying colors! One of Riley’s first assignments was at The Villages Elementary School as a R.E.A.D. (Reading Assistance Education Dog) working with first grade students. Students would read one-on-one to Riley, who “assigned” them homework to read to their pets, stuffed animals, or action figures. Dawn started buying chapter books for the students inscribed with personalized messages from Riley about how proud she was of their improvement. Dawn and Riley worked with the young students for more than four years. “It was such a great experience!” said Dawn. She also learned that Riley’s amazing people skills spanned all ages. Together, they also volunteered at Assisted Living, Memory Care and Adult Care at The Villages for eight years before moving to Shell Point in the spring of 2022. After settling into their new community, Dawn and Riley began volunteering together at Larsen Health Center. “We started a week before the hurricane,” laughed Dawn. As soon as life at Shell Point began to return to normal, Dawn and Riley resumed their duty of spreading cheer at the Larsen. “We are a team!” said Dawn. “I’m so proud of her.” “We call her ‘Rabbit’ – she does a hoppy thing when she walks in the grass. She can also sit pretty, spin, and lie down,” said Dawn. “We are still trying to perfect our cha-cha.”

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The Christmas Season at The Village Church

Join Shell Point residents and family in celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Service of Lessons & Carols Sunday, December 3 • 6 p.m. The Village Church The Village Church Christmas Concert featuring The Village Church Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Women’s Connections Christmas Event

Tuesday, December 5 • 2 p.m. The Village Church Along with special music, join us for Elizabeth and Mary, a one-act play written by Jack Schrader (Turban), and time for fellowship and dessert. Sign up November 19 and 26 or at Church Office (239) 454-2147

Christmas Caroling

Sunday, December 17 • 2:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling at King’s Crown, The Arbor, The Springs and Larsen Health Center Meet at the Church and Enjoy Refreshments Together After Caroling

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24 • 6 p.m. The Village Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


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SHELL POINT EMPLOYEE CHRISTMAS GIFT FUND 2023 The Employee Christmas Gift Fund is well underway—and we are truly amazed at the spirit of generosity here at Shell Point, as we recognize staff members for their dedicated service and exceptional efforts that go Above & Beyond, each and every day. The deadline for donations, Wednesday, November 22, is quickly approaching. A monetary gift of any size is important and truly appreciated to help brighten the holiday season for employees and their families. We hope to report back to you in January that 2023 is the year that Shell Point residents went Above & Beyond by contributing the fund. If you have not already joined us, please choose one of these easy-to-give options: Write a check to Shell Point with “Employee Christmas Fund” on the memo line and send it to the Finance Department. Give a one-time or recurring donation online at Call the Finance Office at (239) 454-2075 to customize your giving arrangements.

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ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING The Art Institute of Chicago Carol Jonson visited the Shell Point Academy of Lifelong Learning to give our residents an extraordinary virtual tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her program brought this famous museum to the Grand Cypress Room, where she gave us insight into the long history of the building, from its inception in 1893 to the modern wing which opened in 2009. The class highlighted over 5,000 years of art history, including the Institute’s spectacular Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Galleries.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Over one hundred Shell Point Residents attended Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Shell Point’s Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation, Karen Wilhite, provided the program’s highlight with her lecture on fall prevention. This informative presentation included tips on the most common events that lead to falls, which included an acronym to help determine the cause of the fall: S.P.L.A.T. (Situation, Place, Lighting, Assistive Device Used?, Time of Day). After the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to engage in balance training exercises with the Shell Point Fitness and Wellness Staff, as well as take a fall risk assessment with our Outpatient Rehabilitation Staff.

The Liberty Bell In September, award-winning researcher, lecturer, and author Dr. Richard Hertzberg made his first visit to Connie Brown Hall. In his presentation, Hertzberg provided residents with captivating stories accompanied by pictures of his trip to the London Bell Foundry. Throughout the lecture, he enlightened his audience with facts on the Liberty Bell and the fascinating history of its creation. Those in attendance were even treated to the real sound made by of one of America’s most iconic structures.


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Looking Ahead A C Aselection D E M Y of of Register at your Concierge Desk for an exciting L ITribby F E L OArts N G Center. LEARNING Academy Events in Connie Brown Hall at the AT SHELL POINT

TRANSPORTATION PANGS AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE TAMIAMI TRAIL Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m. Connie Brown Hall/Tribby Arts Center

Cesar Becerra is an avid explorer who has driven through all 50 states to rediscover America for the Travel Channel. He has also hiked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, in 388 days through 14 states and 4 seasons. He is also a former publisher of The Everglade Magazine, an award-winning publication printed during Everglades National Park’s 50th anniversary. In 1997, The Miami Herald named him an “Everglades Evangelist.” He will be visiting Connie Brown Hall to reveal the complex story of the Tamiami Trail. After many failed attempts to cross the Everglades, building the Miami to Marco highway within a year in such challenging terrain seemed unrealistic. Learn about how this “impossible” road came to be. Cesar Becerra

ACADEMY CONCERT AND CONVERSATION: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Connie Brown Hall/Tribby Arts Center

Some Enchanted Evening will be an evening of Broadway favorites that will take the audience back to their own Broadway and Community Theater experiences, with memories from Sound of Music, Knickerbocker Holiday, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story and, of course, South Pacific. Bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe, the featured performer, brings a vast stage background including an international tour as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Accompanied by concert pianist Kelly Utterback, it will be an “Enchanted Evening” enjoyed by all. Bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe

THE TALE OF A HARD NUT: THE FLOP AND FAME OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER Thursday, December 14 at 4 p.m. Connie Brown Hall/Tribby Arts Center

Although critics of the 1892 premiere of The Nutcracker deemed Tchaikovsky’s work as “lopsided” and “insipid,” the work is now a perennial favorite and arguably the composer's most famous composition. What happened at the premiere? Did Tchaikovsky hold true to the original story as told by the French playwright Alexander Dumas? Come join Dr. Tom Cimarusti as we explore the magical world of living dolls, nutcrackers, and the evil Mouse King. And of course, don’t forget to bring your ballet shoes! Shell Point Life | November/December 2023


November & December Shell Point Happenings

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



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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 10, 17, 24 7 A.M. ISLAND CIRCLE Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together. The Island walk is approximately 1.5 miles.

DAN PHILGREEN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 6:30 P.M. FRIENDSHIP POINT/IS FREE Dan Philgreen, a Shell Point team member, has a knack for music and performing. Almost 400 residents filled the Tribby Arts Center back in May to watch his performance of original songs and fantastic stories about his life. We are fortunate to have him back as a Waters Edge Concert at Friendship Point. Come out and listen to some of your favorite yacht rock sounds with Dan and friends.





FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 10, 17, 24 11 – 1:30 P.M. THE VILLAGE CHURCH/IS Explore new lunch options each week! • November 3 – Little Cheese Emporium • November 10 – Monjaras Kitchen on Wheels • November 17 – Cajun Gringos • November 24 – Holiday!

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








To Celebrate Veterans Day, Florida Southwest Concert Band will play all the patriotic songs we love. The Southwest Concert Band was established in 2017 and is made up of local skilled musicians. They have designed a special program for Veterans Day to honor those that served. Come enjoy this patriotic concert at Connie Brown Hall.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 4 – 7 P.M. THE WOODLANDS BACK DECK FREE Dress up, put on those dancing shoes, and bring your appetite as we step back into the 50s with our Season Kick-off Sock Hop! The Woodlands will be transformed into “Al’s Diner,” with the ultimate Frankie Valley cover band—“Lets Hang On”— performing at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Palm Grill will be serving some of your favorite 50s classic dishes. Join us for an evening filled with pure joy and memories from the good old days!


Hall for a morning program hosted by Veterans Group Coordinator Jim Stapleton (Harbor Court). After the program, all our dining venues will be offering a 20% discount to Veterans throughout the day.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 1 P.M. THE CRYSTAL/IS Join the Resident Programming team as we play several games of bingo and celebrate friendship and the fall season! 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 (and snacks!) provided. No experience is necessary, and no sign–up required.

Walking required


BLOOD MOBILE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 12:30 – 6 P.M. THE VILLAGE CHURCH PARKING LOT The Blood Mobile will be parked at The Village Church all afternoon for your convenience. Giving blood is a 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!

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 11 A.M. CONNIE BROWN HALL/TAC Veterans Day is a time to honor and celebrate our Veterans. Join your fellow residents as we are led by the Shell Point Veterans Group in a ceremony to thank and honor our Military Veterans. Come out to Connie Brown


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The 2023 Holiday Craft Bazaar is right on time to get you ready for the holiday gifting season. Come to The Village Church and enjoy two days of homemade crafts, jewelry, art, and decor. Shop until you drop—and support your fellow residents as they show off and sell all the wonderful items they create!


ISINGS TRAVEL PRESENTATIONS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 10 A.M. – SOCIAL CENTER/IS 1:30 P.M. – GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WDL 3:30 P.M. – THE RESERVE/ENCLAVE Come hear the latest and win door prizes at this in-depth presentation of trips specially designed for Shell Point during 2023/2024 through the Epic Journeys Collection! All the trips include transportation and airfare from Shell Point. Plus, you travel with a private concierge tour manager who takes care of all your travel needs. These private, small-group trips are created with your interests in mind and designed at a moderate pace to enhance your overall experience.


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SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET AND SKILLETS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 BUS PICK UP TIMES 8:30/8:40/8:50/8:55/9 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP $5 (PLUS BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN) Thanksgiving is two days away, and Sprouts offers a variety of local produce and items that will make your meal a hit. Don’t forget to check out their baked goods and ice cream, too! This shopping trip will be a delightful morning of shopping and fun. Before we shop, we will stop at Skillets for a delicious breakfast.


SUZY Q CRUISE TO THE MOUND HOUSE MUSEUM AND LUNCH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 MEET AT THE DOCK AT 8:45 A.M. $25 (PLUS LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Join us for a day of environmental and cultural learning experiences atop a 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound and learn about one of the most powerful ancient cultures of Southwest Florida. Later, we will head over to Parrot Key for lunch to try out their delicious Caribbean– inspired seafood.


SHELL POINT LIBRARY BOOK TALK TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 2:15 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WDL The annual panel discussion with Shell Point’s medical staff will feature “On Death & Dying” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD. One of the most important psychological studies of

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the late twentieth century grew out of a famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. No registration required.









FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. THE VILLAGE CHURCH/IS Explore new lunch options each week! • December 1– Viet Yum • December 8 – Monjaras Kitchen on Wheels • December 15 – Cajun Gringos • December 22 – Little Cheese Emporium • December 29 – Mama Marie’s

Come gather around Friendship Point as we prepare for the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas with one of our most cherished traditions—The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Musical guest Paul Todd will be playing the season’s favorite songs. Enjoy a sweet treat, savor the sunset, and sing along uplifting Christmas carols with your friends and neighbors.



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

Join your friends and neighbors at The Village Church for the Shell Point Singers’ “Getting’ in the Mood for Christmas” concert. Enjoy many of the familiar songs of the season as this talented group of singers celebrates the holidays with song. Free, no sign-up required.


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asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of Ebenezer Scrooge, he must use his skills and the help of ghosts to solve the mystery. This play will have you on the edge of your seat with suspense and intrigue and lots of Holiday Cheer.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 1 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WDL Join us in the Grand Cypress Room and enjoy the musical stylings of the Tone Chimes, playing their favorite Christmas tunes – from classical to contemporary. No sign–up required.






Join the Resident Programming Team as we enjoy a wonderful evening of food and lights. We will start at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, where we will dine on fabulous dishes including Veal Marsala and Shrimp Carbonara. After a delicious dinner, we will head to Naples Botanical Gardens for a stroll among the twinkle lights. The Gardens will be transformed into a magnificent show of lights underneath the stars. This will be a beautiful evening you will not want to miss!

Need a little retail therapy? Or just want to get out and about to walk around in the sunshine? The Miromar Outlets has a little bit of everything! You can walk around the outlet mall and shop, or find a cup of coffee and a pastry to enjoy. There are also many restaurants to choose from!





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HOLIDAY BINGO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 1 P.M. THE CRYSTAL RESTAURANT/IS 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, and no sign up is required.

The Florida Repertoire Theatre is featuring A Sherlock Carol for the Holiday Season. The two worlds of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collide in this inventive holiday whodunit! When a grown-up Tiny Tim






HEART WALK SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 BUS PICK UP TIMES: 7:40/7:45/7:50/7:55/8 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP Come Join the American Heart Association of Lee County and the Shell Point Fitness Team as we walk to support Heart Health. We will head Downtown to Centennial Park, where they are trying to raise $250,000 to support research and programs. Lace up your walking shoes and come help make a difference.


EDISON NIGHT OF LIGHTS AND TOUR MONDAY, DECEMBER 13 BUS PICK UP TIMES: 5:30/5:35/5:40/5:45/5:50 P.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP $38 Come and experience an amazing, guided tour at the Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter States. Enjoy the dazzling display of thousands of Christmas lights, historic decorations, and gardens as we celebrate the 47th year of this spectacular City of Fort Myers tradition. Before we depart, meet the Resident Programming Team at The Crystal for dinner or dessert (on your own). Pickups will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. on The Island Circle.



SUZY Q CAROLING DECEMBER 14, 15, 19, 21 6 P.M. SUZY Q DOCK Celebrate the sights, lights, and sounds of the season with some good old-fashioned caroling on the Suzy Q. Lift up your voices in song and spread the Christmas spirit as we cruise Palm Acres and the local waters. Cruises are 75 minutes long and—per tradition—eggnog, apple cider and cookies will be on hand for all carolers. Report to the dock no later than 5:45 p.m.


SANIBEL BEACH DAY – SANIBEL LIGHTHOUSE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 8:30/8:35/8:40/8:45/8:50 A.M. IS / WDL / ES / EN / EP $20 (INCLUDES LUNCH) Let’s enjoy a relaxing day at the beach! Just a short trip away, the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach offers beautiful white sand and plenty of seashells. We will have a picnic-style lunch of fried chicken and sides. On the way home, we will make a stop for ice cream (on our own) at Love Boat. Remember to bring your own chair, beach accessories and sunscreen.

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Put on your dancing shoes! The 41 South Band has been rocking Southwest Florida for years, playing hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. From Runaround Sue to Gimme Some Lovin’, you’re sure to hear a few of your favorites! Make sure to come early and get a seat.

Tuesdays, January 9, 2024 to March 12, 2024 4:30 – 6:45 p.m.

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We’re born curious. We’re created to be. We ask, question, learn and grow. We ask the big questions – What? How? and Why? We’re explorers, adventurers, dreamers, and innovators. There’s so much more to explore together! Stay curious. Grow. Try Alpha. Together we’ll explore, grow, learn from each other and form new friendships. Fastmoving video presentations provide a natural lead-in to the small-group conversations which focus on discovery and exploring the big questions we all ask. Sessions in the Woodlands Grand Cypress Room begins with a complimentary dinner catered by the Palm Grill, followed by a video and small group conversations. Alpha is sponsored by The Village Church and the Academy of Lifelong Learning. The course, underwritten by The Village Church, is free to participants. Register by Thursday, January 4 either online at or by calling the church office at (239) 454-2147. Space is limited.

Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. at The Village Church

Holiday Craft Bazaar Shell Point’s talented residents have spent months preparing for the opportunity to impress you with their skills! Browse original works of art and photography, books by Shell Point authors, pottery, woodworking, fabric and needlecraft, jewelry, children’s items, shells and sparkling glass, along with handmade fashion accessories. Enjoy two fun-filled days of shopping from more than 50 vendors. You’re sure to find that special something for Christmas and holiday celebrations!

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NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD Shell Point Retirement Community Gathers to Give Thanks Thanksgiving Eve Service Wednesday, November 22 10 A.M. at The Village Church An offering for the South Fort Myers Food Pantry will be received.




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Bowls with Water Lilies, Augusta Crane

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Flora & Fauna, the exhibition now on display in the Shell Point Gallery of Tribby Arts Center, takes visitors on a stroll through nature to view artworks of guest artist Martha Grattan, South Carolina, and Shell Point residents Renée Chastant, Betsy Conrad, Augusta Crane, and Annie Wainwright. A “pond”—inspired by the spectacular lily bowls Augusta has created—is featured at the center of the exhibition. To design this space, resident woodworkers Dennis Staley and Tom Young constructed large platforms that helped form a strong support for the 7' x 7' “pond.” The size was calculated to display five of Augusta’s lily bowls and three of Martha’s ceramic frogs. Resident George Waters transported the platforms to the Tribby, and then Gary Chapman helped David Lee move and paint them. Once in the gallery, David designed and cut a large piece of artificial turf to form the pond’s perimeter and placed it atop the platforms. Ten large bags of river rocks were then spread in the center of the platform and

larger rocks were added at the corners. The latter rocks were donated by diver Steve Dameron, who, with his daughter Emma, coated the rocks with epoxy to make them appear wet. Tribby staffers Dan Philgreen installed overhead lighting that makes the pond shimmer, and Kelly Peticolas helped shop and haul the faux foliage that was added, having been stored by resident Deloris Wright over the summer. Resident artist Annie Wainwright made faux “rushes” from purchased rods and paper as well as dragonflies and bees from glass. Renée Chastant painted a “tree” to extend one in her displayed painting of a woodpecker family, and her husband, Steve Canton, mounted it on foamboard. Faux palm fronds at the top suggest a tongue-in-cheek palm tree. Augusta’s spectacular bowls steal the show. Whimsical ceramic frogs and woodpeckers by guest artist Martha Grattan add to the charm, as do surrounding paintings by Betsy Conrad and Renée. We are grateful that Augusta is donating one of her stunning bowls to the Tribby for


sale, with all proceeds to benefit the exhibition program. David Lee worked tirelessly to help install this exhibition, by moving pedestals and lifting and placing their heavy covers, installing paintings, lighting every artwork individually, and accomplishing a myriad of other tasks. Finally, but critically, the skilled staff of the Shell Point Sales and Marketing Department designed all the exhibition signage and are promoting this exhibition. Flora & Fauna is on display through December 23. Please do not miss seeing this special exhibition, made possible with the help of many hands, all working together to provide an exhibition experience that will enrich the lives of all who see it. Shell Point Life | November/December 2023


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Artworks Inspired by Nature The Shell Point Gallery Executed in bronze, ceramic, glass, paint, and mixed media, the artworks in Flora & Fauna express the beauty of nature. Guest artist Martha Grattan of South Carolina joins four of Shell Point’s talented resident artists—painters Renée Chastant (Harbor Court) and Betsy Conrad (Estuary), potter Augusta Crane (Lakewood), and glass artist/potter Annie Wainwright (Parkwood)—to create a magical world of animals, insects, flowers, and foliage. In this exhibition, visitors stroll through four “places” in nature to discover the artworks on display. A highlight of these spaces, The Pond displays spectacular ceramic lily pads, whimsical ceramic frogs and woodpeckers, colorful glass insects, and paintings depicting the flora and fauna typically found at a pond. This stunning exhibition experience is not to be missed. Within the Tribby Flora & Fauna exhibition, the lights are dimmed to summon a magical minute that transforms the pond. Don't miss it at 11 a.m.; Noon; 1 p.m.; and 2 p.m.

Frogs, Martha Grattan


Art of the Quilt: A Legacy Exhibition The Tribby Legacy and Overlook Galleries This visually vibrant exhibition presents 14 quilts and wall-hangings made by Shell Point resident Pat Meredith (Sundial), a 2023 Legacy Artist honoree. The textiles range in size from the large Cabin in the Woods, based on a traditional design, to small textile gems, such Azalea Garden, a beautiful art quilt of Pat’s design. The exhibition also displays objects from Pat’s extensive collection of textile-related artifacts, including miniature sewing machines, a rare sewing machine, two spinning wheels, and more. Viewers will also see a nativity set that Pat knit entirely by hand.

Pat Meredith (Sundial)

Artists, Get Ready to See Red! April through June of 2024, the Tribby will host the all-resident, all-media exhibition SEEING RED: Works by Shell Point Artists & Writers. The juried and judged show will present the finest creative works of resident artists and writers. The application is available at the Tribby Box Office and at and the deadline to submit a work for consideration is 3 p.m. on Friday, December 15.

Sneak Peek Get ready for a most remarkable exhibition experience! Opening January 9, On the Road Again: The Hubcap as Art will display more than 200 objects made by professional artists from across the globe to encourage us to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The exhibitions program is grateful to the Guys Who Give for making this spectacular viewing experience possible in Tribby Arts Center.

Dragonfly, Linda Friedebach


The Collaborations Gallery In words and images, two painters and two poets conclude the yearlong EKPHRASIS series with images of tranquility on canvas and with words. Rosemary Giovannone (Parkwood) and Karen Meredith (Eagles Preserve) transport us to a welcoming garden and peaceful pond, while Linda Friedebach (Lucina) and Nick Ranson (Periwinkle) make us smile at the image of a delicate dragonfly helped to freedom and a repast of tea and peaches on a lovely afternoon.

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Celebrate the Christmas Season at the Tribby

Tribby Christmas Spectacular DESSERT RECEPTION AND TREE LIGHTING Friday, December 1 • 1 p.m. Tribby Atrium

CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH PAUL TODD Friday, December 1 • 2 p.m.

Connie Brown Hall FREE • Pick up tickets at Tribby Box Office You’re invited to kick off the Christmas season at a fun Tribby-style celebration! It all begins with a reception featuring festive treats and lighting of this year’s tree decked out with nearly 500 ornaments created by Crafts Studio members. Ornaments include past favorites, as well as new ones, celebrating the Nutcracker Ballet; the Quilting, Music, Literary Arts, and Painting Studios; and the Tribby’s Steinway piano. Dozens of gift boxes adorned in traditional red colors will complete the festive scene. After the tree lighting, join us for a fun, free Christmas Concert with entertainer Paul Todd in Connie Brown Hall, filled with all your holiday favorites. You can also start your Christmas shopping at the Tribby! Serendipity Gift Shop transforms into a festive wonderland during the holiday season, offering an enchanting array of Christmas items that capture the season’s spirit. From original art that twinkles with the magic of the holidays, to beautifully handcrafted jewelry, there’s something for everyone to cherish. Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665 Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)

The Arts Library at The Tribby

GREAT ARTIST PRESENTATIONS Sunday, November 19 • 3 p.m. The Arts Library

For art lovers, or those who would like to know to more about great art, Joe Burkart (Eagles Preserve) will present a video and talk on Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch master of such iconic paintings as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid. The Arts Library Great Artist presentations, featuring other iconic masters will continue from January through April, with dates and times to be announced. 30

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PHOTO CLUB “WHO AM I?” GALA AND RECEPTION Wednesday, November 8 • 1:30 p.m. Connie Brown Hall FREE

Come enjoy the remarkable artistry of Photo Club Photographers in the first in-person Gala since 2019. The theme “Who Am I?” allows each photographer to demonstrate in three photographs how they see themselves as an artist. Some will reveal their evolution over time, while others will demonstrate their passion for a particular photographic genre, while others may surprise everyone with something new! Although entry into the gala is exclusive to Photo Club members, everyone is invited to attend the event and appreciate our talented photographers’ artistry. Following the Gala, join in a delightful reception in the Tribby atrium. All are welcome!


Members enjoy creating glass bowls, platters, ornaments, and jewelry in fused and stained glass using all the studio’s amenities. This season, we will offer occasional learning sessions for new and returning members to learn new techniques and skills. Contact Group Leader Annie Wainwright at to learn more.

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Resident Performing Arts A MAGICAL EVENING WITH THE ILLUSIONISTS CLUB Friday, November 3 • 7 p.m.

Connie Brown Hall FREE: Pick up Tickets at Tribby Box Office All are invited for a fun-filled evening of mind-boggling illusions and captivating performances, where special guest appearances promise to soar above your wildest expectations. Prepare to be a part of the magic as our performers engage the audience with interactive tricks—and don’t be surprised if you find yourself in fits of laughter! “Our members have been working hard to create an evening of fun and entertainment,” said Warrin Meyers (Estuary), the founder of the Illusionist Club. “We are all amateurs, so it is challenging—but it’s fun even if a trick doesn’t turn out as planned.” The evening will also be the debut of Connie Brown Hall’s new video wall, which was sponsored by the Guys Who Give, a group of philanthropic residents. The Illusionists are incorporating the wall into their acts, adding a multi-media dimension to the performance. “The Illusionists are volunteers at heart,” said Club President Chuck Ketteman (Eagles Preserve). “We had the privilege of performing for Shell Point employees’ children during Vacation Bible School, along with a well-received show for children at the Heights Community Charter school.” “We’re looking forward to performing for our fellow Shell Point residents. It’s a blast to perform and also learn about the art of illusion, and we hope to attract other residents to join us in the future,” he added.

Be astounded by the slight-of-hand appearance and disappearance of silks, coins, and even birds! Witness the secrets of ancient Chinese mysteries unfold before your very eyes! Hold your breath as The Illusionists perform a death-defying card trick that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS WITH THE SHELL POINT PLAYERS Wednesday, November 29 • 3 p.m. Connie Brown Hall FREE!

Enjoy an afternoon with the Shell Point Players as they proudly present Holiday Celebrations. Captivating performances promise to fill your hearts with the season’s spirit. Four short one-act skits have been carefully selected by Director Jana Stone (Eagles Preserve) and Edina Lessack (Parkwood): “Best Present Ever,” “Last Minute Shoppers,” and “A Very Special Hanukkah Special” from brilliant playwright Mark Harvey Levine, and “Frank's 75th Christmas” by Brandon Daughtry Slocum. 32

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Connie Brown Hall FREE: Pick up Tickets at Tribby Box Office Experience the joy of watching your musical friends and neighbors performing your favorite holiday classics as ensembles and soloists. Don’t miss out on the holiday cheer!


Wednesdays • 2:30 p.m. November 1 & 15 and December 13 & 20 Connie Brown Hall FREE!

Enjoy free afternoon concerts with Shell Point’s talented resident musicians.

Join us for an afternoon of creative energy and enjoy the second collaboration between the poets and painters of Shell Point. For this special event, eight poets were matched with eight painters over the summer, and the resulting inspiration is two poems read by the poets, and two paintings shown by the painters. All the participants were inspired to create new works of art by their partners. The Poet/Painter partnerships include:

Don Adams (Junonia) / Susan Schmitt (Lakewood) John Small (Tellidora) / Fred McAuley (Junonia) Nick Ranson (Periwinkle) / Dave Tompkins (Turban) Phil Hilton (Springs) / Jim Bushfield (Coquina) Tanya Hochschild (Parkwood) / Suzanne Bennett (Turban) Susan Schmitt (Lakewood) / Karen Meredith (Eagles Preserve) Rosemary Giovannone (Parkwood) / Anne Woodruff (Junonia) Ann Stranahan (Turban) / Maria Hochschild (Parkwood)

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Saturday, November 11, 2023 • 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. $45 Resident | $55 Public

This music review of America’s Swing Era is a fun-filled event for all ages! An energetic group of instrumentalists celebrates the melodies of the great Big Bands during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including the greatest hits as recorded by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan and Count Basie. Talented vocalists bring to life favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Bob Eberly, Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney, and other idols. Sponsored by Friends of the Tribby

THE VEGA STRING QUARTET Thursday, November 14, 2023 • 7 p.m. $40 Resident | $50 Public

The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. They concertize both nationally and internationally, most recently in Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, Sacramento, Berlin, San Miguel, and the Brahmssaal in Vienna’s Musikverein. The Quartet’s major projects at Emory have included performing the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets, as well as pairing Bach’s complete works for solo violin, viola and cello with the six Bartók quartets. They have also developed a series of “Jazz Meets Classics” programs, bringing the two genres together. Recent highlights include the Quartet’s debut at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw, a multi-city tour of Denmark, with performances at venues such as the Royal Danish Conservatory, and appearances at El Paso Pro Musica and the Sitka Music Festival. Sponsored by Anonymous


Monday, November 20, 2023 • 7 p.m. $45 Resident | $55 Public

A bluegrass band from the Ozark mountains, Southern Raised has created a trademark sound where classical meets bluegrass, and city streets meet country roads. Collectively, the group has received nominations from Singing News Fan Awards, Diamond Awards, Front Porch Fellowship, and a staggering 32 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Midwest nominations, along with four-time nominations for Fiddle Performer of the Year and multiple awards for Bass Performer of the Year, Band of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Christian Country Album of the Year, to name a few. Sponsored by Lex Roulston 34

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Saturday, December 9, 2023 • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $45 Resident | $55 Public | $15 Children 12 & under

The music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about Sugar Plum Fairies and a handsome prince coming to life in an enchanted world during her family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Florida Gulfshore Ballet presents the classic holiday fairytale featuring the famous Tchaikovsky score, updated with new choreography by Artistic Directors Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero. Sponsored by Marie-Michelle McCarthy


Monday, December 11, 2023 • 7 p.m. $40 Resident | $50 Public

Southwest Florida Symphony is back by popular demand! Maestro Andrew Lipke returns to the podium to lead Lee County’s only professional orchestra in an impressive performance, featuring timeless Christmas classics and new twists on old holiday favorites.

MICHAEL W. SMITH At The Village Church

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 • 7 p.m. $45 Resident | $55 Public

Multi-platinum artist, best-selling author, and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith continues to live out his dream as he releases new music regularly and performs around the world to sold-out crowds of loyal and inspired fans. During Michael’s storied career, he’s not only been honored with three Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award, and sales of more than 15 million albums, he’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 children through Compassion International. Sponsored by Friends of Shell Point Shell Point Life | November/December 2023


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SHELL POINT FILM SOCIETY The Shell Point Film Society is introducing a new schedule starting in January 2024. All films will be shown on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in Connie Brown Hall. They will continue to be shown on SPTV channel 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars for a special screening of the timeless classic, Gone with the Wind, on Saturday, February 10. Watch for details in the next issue of Shell Point Life!


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


Monday, November 13

Audrey Hepburn’s lifelong dream of dancing alongside Fred Astaire comes true in this delightful film. Our beloved gamine-faced actress not only realizes her aspiration, but also showcases her singing and dancing talents to the enchanting tunes of George Gershwin. The story unfolds with our diligent heroine working at a quaint bookshop in Greenwich Village, where she captures the attention of the debonair fashion photographer Astaire. This chance encounter propels her into the glamorous world of haute couture in Paris, offering viewers breathtaking views of the City of Light and a parade of stylish fashions crafted by the talented designers Helen Rose and Givenchy.


Monday, November 27

West Side Story undoubtedly ranks as one of the most beloved musical films ever. Adapted from the acclaimed 1957 Broadway production by the brilliant Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, this narrative ingeniously transposes the timeless romance of Romeo and Juliet into the gritty urban landscape of 1950s Upper West Side, New York. Here, we witness the clash between street gangs comprised of local teenagers and newly arrived Puerto Rican residents vying for control of their neighborhood. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer deliver captivating performances as the star-crossed young lovers entangled in a high-stakes Saturday night “rumble.” The legendary Jerome Robbins choreographed the film’s vibrant and exhilarating dance sequences. Unsurprisingly, this cinematic masterpiece garnered a remarkable 11 Academy Awards.


Monday, December 11

Please note that the film will be exclusively aired on SPTV12 due to other events at Shell Point. The Shell Point Film Society is thrilled to present this cherished Christmas classic. White Christmas is the quintessential holiday musical, a timeless gem that never fails to delight. With the stellar performances of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, this film brings the season’s magic to life while rallying together to rescue a beleaguered Vermont Inn.


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Sunday, November 5

Audrey Hepburn’s indelible portrayal of Holly Golightly remains etched in the hearts of movie enthusiasts. Even after six decades, her beguiling and vivacious character captivates us. We admire her impeccable fashion sense, characterized by the iconic little black Givenchy dress and whimsical accessories. In the capable hands of director Blake Edwards, Mickey Rooney was cast as the irate upstairs neighbor, providing comic relief that, despite contemporary discussions of racial sensitivity, still elicits laughter. So, dust off your little black dress and string of pearls and join us for a nostalgic journey through time.


Sunday, November 19

The Film Society has been inundated with requests for more Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock film screenings. Well, here we have just the ticket – a suave and debonair Cary Grant, hotly pursued across the United States by James Mason and his spies. In classic Hitchcock style, we find ourselves embroiled in a heart-pounding suspenseful adventure. Enter Eva Marie Saint, who steps into the fray to aid our hero (though one might wonder if she’s exactly who she claims to be). This film is renowned for its hair-raising climax atop Mount Rushmore.


Sunday, December 3

Renowned director John Huston, primarily associated with his iconic westerns, harbored a long-standing desire to bring Rudyard Kipling’s 1888 short story to life on the silver screen. The film unfolds as two English military officers, portrayed by the talented Sean Connery and Michael Caine, embark on a quest for adventure and wealth in a remote corner of India. Initially hailed as divine figures by the indigenous people, they soon find that sustaining this facade is a challenge they cannot evade forever. Adding to the intrigue, the enchanting Shakira Caine takes on the role of the exotic beauty Roxanne, while Christopher Plummer steps into the shoes of the esteemed author himself, Kipling.


Sunday, December 17

Nicolas Cage delivers an outstanding performance, arguably one of the highlights of his career, in this contemporary reimagining of the timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Meet Jack Campbell, a successful bachelor and high-powered investment broker, in an unusual predicament on Christmas morning. He awakens in an unfamiliar bedroom, sharing the space with a charming woman, a sizable canine companion, and two lively children enthusiastically clambering over him. This unexpected twist of fate forces Jack to confront the road not taken. Joining this stellar cast is Tea Leoni in the role of Kate and Don Cheadle as the enigmatic taxi driver.

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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.

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


Monday, November 6 A specialist of Mahler’s work, Fabio Luisi conducts the composer’s very popular Symphony No. 2. Supported by the voices of Golda Schultz and Ekaterina Gubanova, the Oberwalliser Vokalensemble, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, this symphony completed in 1894 after six years of work was given a genuinely perfect interpretation at the 2019 Verbier Festival.


Monday, November 20 It is an original production by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, with music from spy and detective movies such as Sherlock (BBC), Mission Impossible, Homeland, and the very best of James Bond soundtracks.


Monday, December 4 Discover a superb new ballet by Ted Brandsen on a score by renowned composer Tarik O'Regan! The esteemed choreographer recounts the life of the legendary Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod née Zelle, the infamous dancer-cum-spy better known as the eponymous Mata Hari.


Monday, December 18 That evening in 2001, two old friends had made a date with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: the pianist Maurizio Pollini and the conductor Claudio Abbado, both from Milan, both active supporters of the music of their time and both exceptional musicians. Their paths have met many times, and each occasion has been remarkable.


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Silencing the Stigma of

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE November is National Alzheimer’s month, in recognition of a disease that affects 6.7 million Americans 65 and older.* Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent of over 100 types of dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term to mean changes in a person’s cognitive abilities in two or more areas that impact daily functioning, such as organization, reasoning, short term memory. Dementia is not a normal aging process! There is an underlying disease process associated with each type of dementia. Unlike most diseases, though, there is a “stigma” associated with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Stigma takes different forms. When internalized, the person diagnosed with dementia may not share their diagnosis and may withdraw from friendships and social activity. Out of fear or embarrassment, the person may not seek diagnosis or support for the memory changes they are experiencing. Public stigma can impact the quality of life for the person with dementia and their care partner. The person with dementia may be left out of activities, responded to with impatience, and not listened to as more interaction is directed to their care partner. Stigma can prevent people from getting diagnosed early, accessing clinical trials and available treatments, building a support system, and having a voice in their future. Stigma also contributes to fear and isolation for the person with memory changes and their care partner and reduces quality of life. How can you reduce stigma? Be informed about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Encourage conversations and seek information as needed. Look for ways to be inclusive if someone is experiencing memory changes. For example, a person can still enjoy a card game, but will need someone else to keep score. We all can be part of a dementia–friendly community! For more information on memory care support and services contact or Emily Reese, Connections Program Coordinator at 454-2134. * Alzheimer’s Association. 2023 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

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Support Groups



WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 15; DECEMBER 20 10 A.M. • SPRINGS COMMUNITY ROOM 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.

MEETINGS WILL RESUME IN JANUARY 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 Grand Cypress. For more information, call Healthy Living Coordinator Robert Torres at (239) 433-7975.

CONNECTIONS CIRCLE FOR MEN TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER 14; DECEMBER 12 10 A.M. • SABAL ROOM, WOODLANDS COMMONS Connections Circle for Men is a support group which provides male caregivers a time to connect with other caregivers to obtain and provide support, information, reassurance, and encouragement. Contact Emily Reese, Connections Program Coordinator at or (239) 454-2134 if you have questions about the group.

DIABETES SUPPORT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3; DECEMBER 1 1 P.M. • THE RESERVE AT THE ENCLAVE 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.

HEART HEALTHY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 10 A.M. • EDUCATION ROOM/LHC MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 10 A.M. • SABAL ROOM/WDL 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. 40

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PARKINSON’S ENRICHMENT TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER 7; DECEMBER 5 10 A.M. • GROUP FITNESS 1/WWC 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.

VISION ENRICHMENT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14; DECEMBER 12 2:15 P.M. • THE COVE AT THE ESTUARY 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. Please join us to share your story, your knowledge, as well as your experiences, with other residents. For additional information, contact Healthy Living Coordinator Miriam Mason at (239) 433-7976.

GRIEFSHARE THURSDAYS, THROUGH DECEMBER 14 1:30 P.M. • SABAL ROOM/WDL GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 13-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way. Contact resident Carol Johnston (717)368-6196 for more information.

Blurry Vision? Tired of Glasses and Contacts?

It’s Time to Visit Dr. O’Neill Dr. Bradley O’Neill, DO is a fellowship-trained board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Born and raised in Southwest Florida, Dr. O’Neill is proud to provide the most advanced technology to his patients at Shell Point. One of a select few in the country to complete a fellowship dedicated purely to advanced cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. O’Neill is specially trained to provide the most advanced cataract surgical options and laser vision correction services. Dr. O’Neill has published and pre-

sented peer-reviewed research articles on laser cataract surgery as well as moderated spotlight discussions at national eye care meetings. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in America and one of the safest procedures on the planet. It is a quick and painless outpatient procedure, returning most patients to normal activity the next day. Advances in technology have enabled Dr. O’Neill to combine blade-less laser cataract surgery with advanced technology lens implants. Dr. O’Neill is dedicated to providing world-class care to his patients and is eager to give back to the local community. In his

free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, staying active playing sports, as well as boating and fishing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. O’Neill in The Arbor Specialty Clinic in The Woodlands, call (239) 488-7447.

Sign up for Dr. O’Neill’s Academy Session All Things Cataracts Wednesday, December 6 2 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Shell Point Life | November/December 2023



The Dance of Grief Finding Grace and Purpose After Loss Loss and grief are inevitable parts of our human existence. Of course, we wish they weren’t, but they are. During the Christmas season, the loss of spouses, siblings, and friends may heighten the reality of our feelings of grief or despair. Through these losses, we are changed—sometimes for the better but often for the worse, especially when our identity is wrapped up in the person who passed. When they die, we sometimes allow our identity to die with them. Mastering your emotions plays a vital role in helping you deal with grief and maintain who you are. Acknowledging the full extent of your pain, allowing yourself time to mourn, and then determining to move forward one small step at a time are ways to prevent loss of purpose and identity. As Lamott said, “You learn to dance with the limp.” Super Agers guard against loss being the demise of their hopes, dreams, and future goals. They allow grief to come, and then they work through it. They always keep the big picture of life in mind. Though the grief process is painful, they view it as a strengthening rather than a 42

weakening experience. In the end, they come away from loss a little bit stronger than before. Dorree Lynn, a 77-year-old psychologist in Charleston, South Carolina, says this about loss: “Not everyone can overcome it, but those who are resilient enough to navigate this dance with mortality well can find wisdom and everyday joy made sweeter by the depletion of time.” What a perspective! Instead of losing yourself through loss, use your experience as a learning process to master your emotions for your good and the good of others. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help and talk with a counselor, friend, or pastor. Let others help you through the stages of grief so you can regain your bearings and live purposefully once again. Finally, try to find opportunities to express your loss in a positive way--by journaling, joining a grief-share group, recording your memories, or creating a memory box to share with your family and friends. Loss is both painful and real, but it’s not the end of your story. Master the emotional tide of grief by allowing the waves

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to come but not overwhelm you in the process. Ask God to provide you with His strength during your moments of weakness and move forward in grace one day at a time.

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken…And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” – ANN LAMOTT





2024 The Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2024 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series, a healthcare speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and healthcare practice. This educational series of presentations at The Village Church will feature prominent local and national experts who will address recent advances in the fields of urology, cardiology, oncology, and more. All six Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentations are free and open to the public. Sign-up is required for each program. Shell Point residents may contact the Legacy Foundation office at (239) 466-8484, and the public may call the event line at (239) 433-7936.



Dr. Sandip Vasavada, Urologic Director, at Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute

Dr. Mark Roh, Chief Physician Executive of Oncology Services and Debra Wilson, RN, MSN, OCN and Vice President of Oncology for Lee Health



Monday, January 29 • 2 p.m.

Monday, March 25 • 2 p.m.

Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Award winning Physician and Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic

Dr. David E. Eichten, Specialist in Joint Replacement and Arthroscopy of the Hip, Knee and Shoulder at Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida

NEW BREAKTHROUGHS IN HEART DISEASE Monday, February 26 • 3 p.m. Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Chief with Lee Physician Group and President of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons

WHAT’S NEW IN MACULAR DEGENERATION Monday, April 29 • 2 p.m. Dr. Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of Naples

The Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series is sponsored by:

*Alzheimer’s Association. 2023 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

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Protecting Your Privacy

STAY SECURE ON PUBLIC WI-FI Some coffee shops and libraries offer free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) to guests, but it is important to remember public Wi-Fi is not as secure as private, password-protected Internet access. While you don’t need to avoid it completely, consider the following tips to help you protect your privacy: • Don’t make online purchases or access your bank account. It’s best not to access any personal accounts when connected to public Wi-Fi. • Double-check the network name. Sometimes thieves set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots. Accessing a fake network can give them access to your data. Check the network name with a server, barista or employee before logging on. • Turn auto-connect off. Many smartphones have a setting that will allow devices to automatically connect to any open Wi-Fi network. Check your phone’s settings to make sure this feature is turned off. • Switch up your passwords. Using different passwords for each account can help if one of your accounts becomes compromised. • Look for the lock. A green locked padlock in the address bar of your web browser means the information submitted to that particular site is encrypted. While this provides an extra layer of security when connected to public Wi-Fi, it’s not fail-safe. If you have any questions about these tips, give us a call or stop by the office. We are always happy to help.


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We give thanks to God always for all of you... remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2–3)

Holiday Memories


Holidays naturally evoke memories. And with Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and Hanukkah all on the horizon, perhaps your wheels are turning. Perhaps your mind’s eye takes you back to childhood. The special places, decorations, observances, and people that evoke a certain nostalgia. Perhaps your memory takes you on a guided tour of your life’s journeys, as you recall how the holidays have changed through the years. How—as homes have moved around the country (or around the world!), as children have grown, as grandchildren have changed the holiday ambiance, as world events and personal milestones have influenced the celebrations – you remember the challenges, the adjustments, and the peculiar joys attached to particular family epochs. Perhaps the holiday memories are

hard. You remember the loss of loved ones, making holidays some of the most difficult times. You remember the clouds of suffering that covered your attempts at celebration. You remember the hole in your heart from the losses that never quite heal as the years unfold. Our holiday memories can be quite a mixed bag. I remember last year’s holiday season. It was different around here from most. We were in recovery mode. Hurricane Ian left a swath of devastation throughout the area. Devastation from which our larger community has not yet recovered. I remember some of our friends and church members who live outside of Shell Point who lost their homes. They have moved north, usually with family, probably not able to return to our loving community. I remember the many displaced

residents of Shell Point whose apartments were flooded, who spent months in the Guest House or in the old Pavilion while Shell Point worked to restore, as much as possible, what was home. I remember the Shell Point employees, many of whom lost homes and vehicles, working sacrificially to help put our community back together – a monumental effort and success by any measure. But most of all, I remember how our Shell Point community responded to it all with resilience and grace. Indeed, remembering, as Paul put it, “your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1.3) Thank you, Shell Point, for those memories. And may we all give thanks to God during this holiday season for His sustaining grace during those times of great challenge. Shell Point Life | November/December 2023


Out & About Feathered Friend Suzy Q Captain Jason Miller shared this photo when he and Shell Point residents spotted “Peaches,” a gorgeous American Flamingo wading gracefully near Fort Myers Beach. This beautiful bird was rehabbed by Seaside Seabird Sanctuary after Hurricane Idalia and tagged by Audubon Florida staff to study its movements. You never know what surprises await during a Suzy Q excursion!

Spirit of the 70s After Disco Night at The Crystal, residents carried the spirit of the 70s outdoors for a cool treat from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Ice Cream Response Team and a delightful Water’s Edge concert at Friendship Point. Deb and the Dynamics had residents up and out of their seats, dancing the night away to the best tunes of the decade! Sue and Bill Madsen (Nautilus) Roger and Sylvia Heider (Parkwood) with daughter Rebecca Hackl and grandson Zach

Wendell and Sally Leimbach (Junonia)

Deb and the Dynamics

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The Best of Palm Beach Residents explored the best of Palm Beach during an overnight trip full of fun, including a guided tour of Lion Country Safari, a cruise on Lake Shannalee on the Safari Queen pontoon, and a docent-led tour of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Before heading back to Shell Point, the group checked out the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, a beautiful 75-room Gilded Age mansion that is a national historic landmark.

Photo Club Serves Shell Point Staff Members Shell Point’s Photo Club board is dedicated to finding ways to serve all the art studios at Shell Point—and they also enjoy creating opportunities to serve Shell Point residents and staff members. In the summer, the Photo Club offered resident portrait sittings at a minimal cost. In September, they expanded that to Shell Point employees. The photographers (George Waters, Steve Canton, Dotty Morrison) and the helpers (Betsy Goetz, Trice Van Groesbeck, David Tompkins, Karen Riecks, Pat Wald, and Les Rooker) enjoyed getting to know a number of employees and their families.

Mauricio Morro (Purchasing) and Family

Chef Justin Connerty (Palm Grill) and Family

Gabriela Kelly DeLuigi (Tribby Arts Center) Shell Point Life | November/December 2023


Out & About Old Florida Residents discovered authentic old Florida during a swamp buggy eco-tour of historic Babcock Ranch Preserve. The trip featured an up-close-and-personal visit with cattle and wildlife in its natural habitat—including alligators, birds, wild hogs, and more. During the immersive experience, residents learned more about the ecosystem of Telegraph Cypress Swamp and the history of the more than 67,000-acre preserve that is managed in cooperation with the Florida Forest Service.

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