Around Town: Plenty of activities happening in East Naples

DONNA FIALA

Take this time to mark your calendar — November 13th is a big day! It starts off with the fabulous East Naples Foundation Second Annual Golf Charity Event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at the marvelous Naples Lakes Country Club. Last year was very successful and they hope to even top that. You may contact them at enaplesfnd@aol.com for further information.

That same day, the Naples Botanical Garden will host the public grand opening for their three newest gardens. I am sure there will be many events leading up to this grand opening. I remember last year they had human vines and flowers walking around Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples beforehand. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Then they appeared at all the events I could attend working up to the grand opening of their first three gardens. You won’t want to miss this, folks!

A new organization focusing on the business community has been established in East Naples. The name is East Naples Merchants’ Association and they have been meeting regularly for the past few months. This month, the event was held at Greenlink’s in Lely Resort; last month it was held at Eurasia. The food sponsor for this last event was Luigi’s Pizza on U.S. 41 East. I love that place!

One couple I met at the Merchant’s Association were the owners of Simply Cupcakes, and they have offered to be one of the food vendors at the upcoming Bayshore Festival of the Arts on Jan. 29 and 30, to be held at Sugden Park. I was so excited because I had just tasted their cupcakes a few days before and they were heavenly! In case you haven’t been there yet, they are located across U.S. 41 East from Gulf Gate Shopping Center, next to ABC Liquors. Beware! If you stop even once you’ll have to go back again and again. The flavor will draw you there; the friendliness will keep you there.

Did you know that the Real Macaw, on Bayshore, has Thursday night poker at 7 p.m., and Friday night Reggae with Citron, and Saturday Blues Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys, and Sunday BBQ for $10 at the bar with music starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring Smokey Joe and the Snapper Magnets.

As I understand it from Garry Fleisch, the owner of Beef O-Brady’s, who was also at the East Naples Merchants’ Association, one of the Town Centre owners is about to embark on a major facelift to the east end of the shopping center from Beef O-Brady’s to Wooley’s Pharmacy. I’m sure it will be a great improvement. Hopefully the other owners will follow the lead and the entire shopping center will be improved.

I am looking for PBA memorabilia for the county’s newest museum at the Depot downtown, which will feature many avenues of transportation from the past. I worked for PBA (Provincetown-Boston Airline) from 1974 to 1987 and saved many items, which I will donate to the museum, but I’m hoping to have a whole section devoted to PBA and other airlines that served Naples Airport. Back then we worked in a quonset hut and an icehouse was located on the back of the airport property. PBA was the largest commuter airline in the country and a joy to work for. So, if you have any memorabilia you might want to donate to the museum, please let me know.

A little local news: you might remember when I mentioned that the landscaping installed on Rattlesnake Hammock Road looked rather skimpy and unfinished. The Collier County Transportation Department agreed and has been busy making some changes and improvements. Thank you so much everyone. It’s looking better every day.

CVS on the corner of Davis Boulevard and the new Santa Barbara extension opened for business on September 19th.

So much more to tell you and so much happening, but alas, I am already over my words. See you next time.

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