Marcophiles: Let’s toast creativity in city revenue raising

CHRIS CURLE
John Ranieri heads for home after a home run in a Marco Senior Softball game.  Our Marcophiles Sneak Peek Mystery Photo last week was of the two first bases used by Marco's senior softballers.  The first reader to e-mail us the correct answer was Kecia Cookson.  She wins a $50 US Savings bond from Orion Bank.  Watch for another Mystery Photo Contest next week.  Why two first bases in senior softball?  See this column.

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John Ranieri heads for home after a home run in a Marco Senior Softball game. Our Marcophiles Sneak Peek Mystery Photo last week was of the two first bases used by Marco's senior softballers. The first reader to e-mail us the correct answer was Kecia Cookson. She wins a $50 US Savings bond from Orion Bank. Watch for another Mystery Photo Contest next week. Why two first bases in senior softball? See this column.

Cancer survivors who took part in the annual Relay for Life in 2008 were led by Honorary Survivor Judy Mayo, carrying her 'spirit stick'.  This year's Relay is at Mackle Park March 27 and 28.

Submitted / American Cancer Society

Cancer survivors who took part in the annual Relay for Life in 2008 were led by Honorary Survivor Judy Mayo, carrying her 'spirit stick'. This year's Relay is at Mackle Park March 27 and 28.

“Governments Fighting for Dollars” could be a pay-per-view blood sport on TV.

The Naples City Council will have fewer meetings and shorten the remaining meetings to save money. What a concept — a government dealing with plummeting revenues by cutting expenses.

This is not a knock to Marco City Council. Our guys are quite conscious of the need to reduce expenditures. And it’s a hard thing. One person’s extravagance is another’s necessity.

But our council could get more creative in revenue raising. Here’s just one suggestion, designed to solicit your ideas too:

Get a city liquor license and sell wine, beer and spirits at council meetings. That could give a lift to our shrinking revenue stream. We’ll drink to that. Now, it’s your turn to get creative. Email: don@donfarmer.com or chris@chriscurle.com.

Start your Relay for Life effort with a ‘Down Under’ party

The annual Relay For Life event is March 27-28 this year, but you can get into the charitable spirit early at a pre-Relay for Life Australian block party this Saturday.

The ‘Down Under’ theme for the cancer fundraiser is the creation of a long-time relay participant and supporter, Dawn Vergo. From noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Marks Church, you’re invited be part of the event’s music, dance, games and especially the Australian-style food — chili, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and more.

Raffles and prizes will be part of the fun, along with face painting, a bake sale and snow cones.

The block party is sponsored by Accurate Comfort Services and Scuba Marco. For information phone Dawn Vergo at 389-8991 or 404-1792.

Talk about a love triangle!

The Marco Players, just off the hugely successful run of Neil Simon’s female version of “The Odd Couple,” is preparing for its next big thing — “The Love List.”

It’s a funny, occasionally salty look at one way to explore the concept of the ‘ideal woman.’ We say concept because the premise presumes there may be, somewhere, an ideal woman or an ideal man.

Maybe the point of searching for an ideal person is the search itself, not the discovery. And maybe that’s the point of this play, “The Love List,” a creation of Canada’s most produced playwright, Norm Foster. He’s written 31 plays in the past 22 years, mostly popular comedies.

Critics admire his ability to click with a live audience, such as this review from the Los Angeles Daily News: “Foster creates characters who are so believable that theatergoers see bits of themselves reflected on stage.” Others blatantly call Foster, “the Canadian Neil Simon.”

So what are we in for, you ask, when “The Love List” opens at the Marco Players on March 25? Oh, the plot, you mean? Having not seen it in any of its more than 100 productions around North America in the past year or so, I have to rely on reports of critics who have. Here’s one from an Australian theater critic: “As a 50th birthday gift, Leon has bought Bill a “love list” from a dating service run by an old gypsy woman. Bill must list the 10 characteristics he is looking for in his dream woman and the service will find her. The guys collaborate, creating Bill’s perfect woman. By the end of the play Bill has learned more than he wants to about perfection. Perfection is driving him nuts.”

As some viewers and reviewers of “The Love List” have written, one message of the play is, “Be careful what you wish for.”

If the Marco Players’ treatment of “The Love List” is as good as was our hometown troupe’s tour d’ force on “The Odd Couple,” we are in for a treat.

The Love List runs March 25- April 11 at the comfy Marco Players Theater in Town Center. Tickets at $20 are available the box office or by calling 642-7270. But things can change, so call way ahead to get tickets and any schedule updates.

Why two first bases in senior softball?

It’s smart idea. Having side-by-side bases allows the runner to step on one base while the first baseman puts his foot on the other.

The runner avoids stepping on the baseman’s foot or ankle or tripping over him. And it let’s the first baseman stab at the bag without fear of whacking the runner. The league uses two home plates too, also for safety reasons. For us seniors, such sensible alterations to the game can make the difference between a great season at play or a hospital stay.

Email: don@donfarmer.com, and chris@chriscurle.com.

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