As we said at the going away party for City Manager Bill Moss, he deserves a sendoff appropriate for his fine service to the City of Marco Island.
Yet no matter what his friends and admirers planned, it was hard to compete with the departure of our venerable Gumbo Limbo tree that had a majestic barge trip up to Naples this week. Mr. Moss, however, should not feel bad about the tree’s departure getting more media coverage than his.
I even heard that Geraldo was snarking around the Gumbo Limbo, on the prowl for wood nymphs.
Consider that the tree lived here 21 years longer than Mr. Moss did and is about six times taller.
Bill should take heart in his big advantages in Naples over the other ex-Islander. The Gumbo Limbo will be stuck in one place (in Limbo?) at the Botanical Garden, while Moss will be free to hang out anywhere he wants to. Moss also will have a better benefits package.
Tammy Pescatelli — a “funny kid”
When noted standup comedienne Tammy Pescatelli takes the stage Friday at Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club, one Marco Islander will have a special interest in seeing Tammy at work and seeing her, period.
Mary Zachrich Schwindt has known Tammy since the “funny kid,” as Mary calls her, was six years old.
“She was a youngster who loved to cut up with grown ups,” Mary said.
Mary is good friends with Ms. Pescatelli’s parents, Dizz and Mary, who live near Cleveland, OH.
“Our families have kept in touch over the years and Tammy visited her parents when they moved to my hometown, Defiance, OH.,” Mary explained.
Tammy is in the major leagues of standup comedy now, having starred on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” show.
She also is a frequent visitor to the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” radio show, heard locally 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 94.5 FM.
Tammy plays venues like Las Vegas these days and now has brought her talents to Marco’s only comedy club.
She’ll do shows Friday plus tomorrow and Sunday. For tickets call Capt. Brien’s at 389-6900.
Harbor Goldsmith grand opening
Richard and Andrea Alan of Harbor Goldsmith are proud of all the cool stuff they brought back from Europe this summer and fall. It’s on display at the new store in Marco Walk next to Konrad’s Restaurant.
A good time to stop in would be next at the Marco Walk store’s grand opening on Dec. 6 and 7 starting at noon.
“We have some beautiful pieces from Venice, including Murano glass, and other great jewelry from France and Germany,” Richard tells me. They hand-carried some of the glassware and used special packing methods to protect the imported finery.
Also on sale, at the new store and the original shop at Front Street, are Richard’s popular “Marco Angels,” in various sizes, silver and gold, for pendants, rings, charms and bracelets.
Twenty percent of the Angels sales proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Donations from sales also assist Camp Angels, a camp for children with diabetes.
The motto of Camp Angels is, “We are all angels. It’s what we do with our wings that separate us.”
Marco’s own Upon a Star Foundation is at it again with another great way to do good things for good people. It’s a new twist on holiday giving, involving Marco school children, called “Turning Dreams Into Memories.” It’s part of the foundation’s “Where to Share program.”
“We have approved $1,000 to each grade K-8 on Marco Island and will allocate the funds with the help of our children,” explains the foundation’s secretary, Will Dempsey.
“It’s one thing to preach sharing, it’s another to live it,” says Howard Jordan, president of Upon A Star.
Adds foundation treasurer Rosa Scola, “It doesn’t get more hands on than this. Our children have the potential to have a positive impact on those less fortunate.”
In brief, the children will be asked to come up with ideas for programs and projects that deserve support from the foundation, ideas must in some way foster family values.
The next scheduled awards will be next Monday for the sixth grade, then weekly after that.
You can get more information from the foundation at 394-5567 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s get lit!
Don’t forget the tree lighting celebration at Town Center Mall tomorrow evening. It’s one of the major events of the Christmas Island Style series of observances, parties, parades and other holiday good things.
My wife Chris Curle and I will have the pleasure of emceeing the tree lighting evening, which is sprinkled with great holiday music by top area artists and dancing by talented and excited children. We hope to see you there.