Marcophiles: Marco’s water world: From decoy to the real McCoy

CHRIS CURLE
It's fun to see waterfowl relaxing on the lake at Mackle Park.  But some seem so relaxed they hardly ever move. Don Farmer / Eagle Correspondent

It's fun to see waterfowl relaxing on the lake at Mackle Park. But some seem so relaxed they hardly ever move. Don Farmer / Eagle Correspondent

— So are those Canada geese we see enjoying the calm waters of Mackle Park Lake (or pond, as some call it)?

Don’t laugh. We hear that some people thought they were alive, real Canada geese that seemed to have found a home and have no plans to leave, sort of avian couch potatoes, whose couch is the lake and whose flat screen TV is the lovely scenery at the park.

“We’ve had a few visitors who didn’t know they were decoys,” says the city’s recreation supervisor, Alex Galiana. A few people from up north say they were surprised to see Canada geese this far south.

Galiana says members of the radio controlled Laser sailboat regatta suggested to the city that using Canada geese decoys in the water would discourage non-native waterfowl from fouling the place and generally making a mess of things. The sailboaters use Mackle Park lake regularly, including their ninth annual regatta early next month.

The three-day event is attended by model boaters from around the county.

“We got the idea for the decoy geese from the Hibiscus golf course in Naples,” say model sailboat enthusiast Rocky Cale. “We asked the city if it would be OK if we bought the decoys and put them in the lake and the city agreed. So we installed them.”

Cale says he’s not sure they are doing much good, but Alex thinks it’s likely.

“Last year we had 15 Muscovy ducks here but this year we only have six or eight.”

It should be reported that some people love Muscovy ducks. There’s a Muscovy rescue organization and fans of these colorful, odd-looking critters can be rhapsodic about them. Says one fan on the web site muscovyducks.webs.com:

“They are clean, funny, friendly, and they are like innocent children playing around, and they come up to you and wag their tail like puppy dogs. They really do try to talk to you and to communicate with you.”

But one Marco man says, less rhapsodic to be sure: “Well they mostly just crap all over everything.”

Anna Daniel of 2wice As Nice shows some of the classy merchandise at her upscale clothing and accessory consignment shop.The dress is by Bob Mackie. The silver bag is Prada. Chris Curle / Eagle Correspondent

Anna Daniel of 2wice As Nice shows some of the classy merchandise at her upscale clothing and accessory consignment shop.The dress is by Bob Mackie. The silver bag is Prada. Chris Curle / Eagle Correspondent

2wice As Nice designer-fueled grand opening

The 2wice As Nice consignment shop has been walking on tiptoes for a few weeks but no longer.

The “soft” opening blossoms into an official grand opening, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday.

The upscale boutique for barely worn clothing and accessories for women and men is enjoying its spacious new quarters on the ground floor of Crown Royal Plaza at 217 North Collier Boulevard.

Proprietor Anna Daniel, with important assistance from 2wice As Nice creator Judy Barney, has fun things planned for today and tomorrow, including discounts on quality items, a chance to win cool prizes , plus edibles and drinkables.

Anna also welcomes clients who have great clothing and accessories to sell at the store. Phone Anna at 239-389-0227.

Want to be in show biz here? Bingo!

You still have time to audition for The Island Players next production of The Queen of Bingo.

Stage-struck Islanders who would like to try out for a part in the comedy should show up at 7 p.m., Monday. at the second floor of Centennial Bank on East Elkcam Circle. The play includes three female and two male actors, between ages 35 and 60. One of them could be you.

For more information phone 394-0080.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com. Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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