On the Town: Today’s recipe: Benders, family fun, bling and awards

DON FARMER

A careless driver rolled into and dented a luxury sedan owned by a friend last week, at a Marco Publix parking lot. The offending driver looked at the damage and blurted, “Oh! That shouldn’t cost much.”

When the body shop estimated more than $500, the upset guilty guy said to my friend, “You’re lucky! If you had not seen it happen, you’d never know who did it.” Jerk.

It’s fun, it’s free and it salutes families

National Family Week will get a salute by Youth Haven, our emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children, as it joins the YMCA in Naples for a day of free family fun Nov. 18th.

The kids will enjoy interactive games and activities, thanks to the more than 60 social service agencies and family-friendly businesses taking part at the YMCA of the Palms at Airport and Pine Ridge roads.

Among the fun-lovers and fun-havers will be McGruff, the Crime Dog, the Tooth Fairy and other kids’ favorites. Did I mention it’s FREE?

Youth Haven has served to more than 1,500 children and family members annually since 1972. For more information visit www.youthhaven.net.

 “Steel Away” is a classy new CD produced by one of Marco’s premier musicians: J. Robert.

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“Steel Away” is a classy new CD produced by one of Marco’s premier musicians: J. Robert.

For more information about this event, contact Jennifer at 734-0193.

Christmas, island-style tree lighting — Are you ready?

Speaking of good fun for the kids of all ages, is it possible that we’re only 23 days away from the big Tree Lighting at Town Center?

It’s a great evening of holiday fun, part of our popular Christmas Island Style. People bring their families for a big party, with tailgaters, kids running around, Santa and Mrs. Claus and great music and other on-stage entertainment. All about Christmas.

But wait! There’s an even earlier tree-lighting here

Arturo’s Restaurant has its own unique tree lighting party on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

This is the tenth time Arturo’s has welcomed the season with a tree lighting, with Christmas music and some specials at the restaurant, including holiday gift ideas.

The big Christmas tree at Arturo’s Italian Restaurant on Bald Eagle has been lighting up the area for ten years and will do so again, starting next Wednesday evening.

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The big Christmas tree at Arturo’s Italian Restaurant on Bald Eagle has been lighting up the area for ten years and will do so again, starting next Wednesday evening.

This will be Judy and Arturo’s 12th season, with Judy at the door and Arturo in the kitchen.

Arturo won two major restaurant kudos this year, a Wine Spectator salute and a “Star” award from Fodor’s travel guide.

Our “babble” award of the month goes to ...

Occasionally I like to choose, from the many blogs and emails I get, a message that fits the babble award, as in, “Brilliant Anonymous Blogger’s Looney Attitude.” I hope you enjoy its incisive content, its logic, even the spelling that has been left untouched:

“Farmer likes to take pot shots at his critics about every three or four weeks. Everything from calling people cowards for not signing their names to blogs that bash him to calling all those who oppose Marco City hall, malcontents, blowhards and other names.

“Like a true coward he is, Farmer empties the cannons on his adverseries then the next week he hides behind column usually boasting about his love of america, our troups, those who love our troups, our firefighters and police and so on.

This motorcycle will go to the lucky winner of a raffle to support the Marco Fire-Rescue Foundation. 	With the bike are, left to right, firefighters Jeff Kutzke, Jim Pope, Jerry Adams and Alan Drescher.

Photo by DON FARMER, Eagle staff

This motorcycle will go to the lucky winner of a raffle to support the Marco Fire-Rescue Foundation. With the bike are, left to right, firefighters Jeff Kutzke, Jim Pope, Jerry Adams and Alan Drescher.

“Farmer you are beyond transparent, you are beyond amatuer, you are beyond predictable.”

Advice to bloggers — use spell check. I know I need it.

Good news for jewelry fans

Richard and Andrea Alan of Harbor Goldsmith are just back from Venice and they brought home some special Italian pieces for their second Harbor Goldsmith store, now open at Marco Walk. I’ll have more on that here, next week.

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Don Farmer has been a full-time Marco Islander for eight years and a part-time resident for more than 30 years. He says full-time is better. Farmer welcomes your ideas for column items via e-mail at don@donfarmer.com.

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Comments » 3

lowus writes:

Farmer you are classic,
Telling bloggers to use spell check, you talentless hack.
Farmer you are known around Marco as the 'Cat in the Hat' columnist because of your juvenile talentless writing style. Look in the mirror Farmer before you critique anyone.
Farmer here's a question you can put in next weeks column.
Ask the public, "would you rather read a columnist with talent who writes interesting articles but has a problem with spelling or read a columnist who writes with no talent, has nothing to say that spells perfectly?"

Go ahead 'Blowhard' ask it.

exposed writes:

I'd rather read Cat in the Hat.

Lowus, how about 'Farmer the talentless hack in the hat'

exposed writes:

Problem is Farmer that more people enjoyed that little blurb you printed of that bloggers post(even with poor spelling) than enjoyed your entire telaentless column.
Lowus is right 'Look in the mirror before you critique anyone.

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