SWFLA To Do List: ‘37 Postcards’ on Marco, Smash Mouth at Seminole Casino
‘A Lovely Day to Kill Your Spouse’
At 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Oct 20-30. Center for Performing Arts, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Proper British power couple Gloria and Graham embark by rowboat for an intimate celebration of their anniversary, only to discover that each plans to kill the other. More clumsy than clever when it comes to the actual deed, they are capsized and stranded on an island. Will love or larceny be the result? $30 general admission. Information: artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989.
Boo at the Zoo
The annual Boo at the Zoo returns, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23. Naples Zoo transforms into a living storybook with costumed characters and trick-or-treating for kids 12 and younger. Children in costume admitted for free. Information: napleszoo.org.
Andrew Dice Clay at Off the Hook
The comedian performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 21-23, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $100 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
ITC presents ‘37 Postcards’
The Island Theater Company (ITC) kicks off its season with some comedy, staging “37 Postcards” written by Michael McKeever and directed by Kay Mayr, ITC’s upcoming season. The play tells the story of Avery Sutton and his eccentric, dysfunctional family. Evening performances are 7:30, and there’s also a Sunday 2:30 matinee. The show will be Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 21-23, 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Advance tickets can be purchased at Make A Memory Gift Shop, 567 E. Elkcam Circle (next door to Hoots) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday or online at islandtheatercompany.com. They can also be purchased at the door prior to each show. Tickets are $30. Group tickets are available. To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more, call the Box Office at 239-394-0080 to make a reservation and receive a discount off per ticket and reserved seating.
12th Annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler
At 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 23. Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. The best of dance companies throughout Florida, with eight pieces. $29-$59. Free to Hurricane Ian-impacted. See artisnaples.org for details or call 239-597-1900. Food bank collection at door.
At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. A kaleidoscope of Latin music including boleros, latin pop, traditional folk from Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Spain, more, starring Gulfshore Opera GO Diva, Erika Ramirez from Venezuela, with Cuban guitarist Jose A Fernandez-Acosta. Cost: $25-$30. Tickets at marcoislandart.org or call 239-394-4221.
At 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, St. Leo Catholic Church auditorium, 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs. It's blazing Beethoven from concert pianists Paul Williamson, lauded by Symphony magazine; Dominic Chelli, one of CBC Music's "30 under 30" Canadian classical musicians; and Rodolfo Leone, 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition winner. It continues the series celebration of the composer's 300th birthday that was interrupted by the pandemic shutdown. On the program: the Moonlight, the Pathetique and the Waldstein sonatas. Those who can are asked to pay, but those who cannot after the hurricane can request complementary tickets. Cost: $45. Information: grandpianoseries.org.
Hallowine at Mercato
From 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, Naples. The Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club's annual Hallowine Wine Walk through Mercato. Enjoy a spooky evening filled with delicious food & wine from select Mercato restaurants, a costume contest, raffle drawings & a photo booth. Plus you get to take home a commemorative wine glass. This year, proceeds from Hallowine will go right back to the local community for Hurricane Ian relief efforts through multiple local charities. Pre-event ticket price: $65 per person in advance or $55 each when you buy four. Cost is $80 per person at the door. Buy tickets at mercatowinewalk.com.
Walt Willey at Off the Hook
The comedian performs at 7 each night Oct. 25-26 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
At 7:30 Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Arts Center Theatre at Marco Town Center, 1089 N Collier Blvd., No. 432, Marco Island. Romantic comedy by theater and TV actor Jeff Daniels ("Good Night and Good Luck," "The Newsroom"). Reeling from the loss of what she thought was the love of her life, Annie Wilson searches for a reason to hope again, but is her mysterious next-door neighbor the one to hope in? Directed by Chris Dayett. Cost: $40. Information: marcoislandart.org under the Arts Center Theater drop-down or 239- 394-4221.
Naples International Film Festival
Oct. 27-30. Artis—Naples and Silverspot Cinema. Beginning with a red-carpet reception and headline film screening Thursday, Oct. 27, and continuing through an awards party Sunday, Oct 30, and the screening of a live-soundtrack "Jurassic Park," the annual film festival offers some 64 films, from feature to short subject, documentary and student -made, culled from a record 800 entries this year. For event and film prices see artisnaples.org.
Preacher Lawson at Off the Hook
The comedian performs Oct. 27-30 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $35 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27; 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29; and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
Smash Mouth at Seminole Casino
California rockers best known for their inescapable 1999 hit “All Star.” 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 (gates open at 7 p.m.). Cost: $29-$59. This is an outdoor show. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. Information: 239-658-1313 or moreinparadise.com.
Paul Todd & Son Concert benefit concert
At 7 p.m. Oct. 28, First Presbyterian Church on Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Benefit for the Bonita Senior Center as it expands to keep up with needs. Tickets $30 and available at the church after Sunday services or the church box office 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
Travis Tritt with Chris Janson
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $39.50, parking $25. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: hertzarena.com.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’
At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Center for Performing Arts, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, The contemporary cult classic pits Brad and Janet, unwitting refugees from a storm, in the lair of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his most sensual creation yet, Rocky Horror. $10. Information: artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989.
Halloween at Farmer Mike's
Get spooked up with various monsters and ghouls for this eighth annual fest, including haunted and family-friendly corn mazes, a hay maze, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, ax throwing and more. Every Friday through Oct. 31. The haunted corn maze takes places Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 7-29. Tickets are available online-only. Prices vary. Farmer Mike’s U Pick, 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs. Information: 498-4576 or farmermikesupick.com.
Abstraction: ‘Moods’ – Nine artists featured in interactive exhibition
Marco Island Center for the Arts has invited nine artists to participate “Abstraction: Moods an Interactive Experience” exhibition in the main gallery now through Nov. 22. This show has been curated with the intent to engage the viewer in the “feelings” or “mood” generated by the multiple stylistic takes on abstraction. Participating artists Jean Camposano, Terry Carter, Cindy Colligan, Maggie DeMarco, Erik Streeter, Shawn Kelley, Cam Kowalski, Ginny Mueller, and Garry Scott Wheeler all work in abstraction in varied mediums. The artists were selected for the range in boldness, calmness, simplicity, and complexity, in palette choice, stroke, and design. This exhibition asks you to participate by taking a moment to record the feelings generated with each of the selected pieces on the corresponding “emotion” or “mood” card. The cards we ask be dropped into the basket as you exit the gallery.
In La Petite Galerie
La Petite Galerie at the Marco Island Center for the Arts features, “Girlfriends,” by artist Ann E. Vreeland during the month of October. Vreeland explores the female busts with a tongue in cheek nod to the old-fashioned way of representation using inclined head downcast eyes to show modesty, small mouth to show dainty voice and appetite and long neck to show their frailty. She has created sculptures of strong women that still possess the traditionally feminine traits of old, universal vanity of hair, and savvy to thrive as equals in a modern world. This exhibition will be in La Petite until Nov. 1.
JCMI Monday Night Bingo
Monday Night Bingo will be played every Monday Night through May 1 at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The first numbers are posted at 6:15 pm and the game is called at 7:00 pm. Supper is complimentary-kosher hot dog, relish, sauerkraut, onions, pastry, pickles, pastry and ice cream, coffee and tea. The payouts are large. Information: 239-642 0800.
A yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants: La Calavera Catrina
Naples Botanical Garden is presenting a yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants and their cultural connections. The season features major exhibitions — including a botanical homage to artist Frida Kahlo — new festivals, and the return of annual favorites. La Calavera Catrina, now through Jan. 29, features eight towering sculptures of La Catrina, one of the most recognizable figures of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). An elegant female skeleton and an icon of Mexican heritage. La Catrina approaches death not through sadness, but as a colorful celebration of life. Designed by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero, these 8-foot-tall, brightly adorned sculptures will add an element of surprise to your Garden stroll. La Calavera Catrina is organized by Denver Botanic Gardens.
Exhibit highlights Great Lakes to Sunshine State connection
This exhibit explores the connection between the Midwest and Florida. Enjoy "From the Great Lakes to the Sunshine State — Exploring U.S. 41" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 21 at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. The roots of U.S. 41 go back to the dawn of the automobile age, bridging the Midwest and the South. More at 239-252-8476 or colliermuseums.com. Information: 239-398-9192.
Through Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Naples Players recreate the witty Noel Coward comedy of a man who is visited by his dead wife's ghost, back and ready to be his — but with no one else able to see or hear her. $47. Information: thenaplesplayers.
Rookery staff, volunteer art show
Friends of Rookery Bay presents “The Land They Love: Rookery Bay Reserve Staff and Volunteer Art Show,” now through Oct. 28 in the art gallery at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Two staff members and 10 volunteers share their insights of the 110,000-acre reserve by showcasing their photography and paintings. Most of the items are for sale. The artists are Paul Allen, Geoffrey Britt, Terri Caton, Ann D’Allesandro, Sarah Falkowski, Jean Hall, Keith Laakkonen, Kathleen Lunday, Terry Lumb, Macy Noll, Evan Sherer and Martin Strasmore. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for active and retired military personnel and their families, and free on the second Saturday each month for Collier County residents. Learn more at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 Sundays. Docent tours 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 1 p.m. only on Sundays. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Exhibition schedule includes:
- Through Jan. 8. "Recent Acquisitions: 2019-Present."
- Through Nov. 27, "Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990-2003," the late soak-stain paintings of the 20th-century color master
- "Envisioning Evil: 'The Nazi Drawings' by Mauricio Lasansky, a series of monumental drawings to grapple with the Holocaust as seen from the artist's viewing of the televised trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann
Cost: $10, $5 active military and full-time students 18 and older; SNAP EBT card entry, $1. Information: 239-597-1900 or artisnaples.org.
Love The Arts Festival – Call to Artists
The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is announcing a new art festival, Love The Arts Festival, on Marco Island. This special event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The festival will highlight fine arts of exceptional photographers, painters, jewelers, potters, and crafters. Music will be scheduled during the festival and food vendors are invited to apply. Local students will also be invited to show their artwork. This is a juried show, so artists who have already been juried for other art shows sponsored by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) are welcome to sign up for the festival. If you have not been previously juried by MIFA, you may send an email to Karen Swanker at firstname.lastname@example.org with a minimum of three photos of your artwork, requesting to be juried for the Love the Arts Festival. If you have any questions, you may call Karen at 239-331-0987. Cost of participating in the festival is $90 if you are a MIFA member, or $140 for non-members. Complete the Love the Arts Festival registration form found on MIFA’s website, marcoislandfoundation.org and mail it to Carolyn Burger, 282 Sand Hill St., Marco Island. Information: marcoislandfoundation.org.
Call to artists, crafters and market vendors
The Goodland Civic Association is readying for two shows that have enjoyed great success over the years: 13th Annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar and 11th Annual Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival. All shows will require mail-in applications. The 13th Annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, this pre-holiday celebration is held at picturesque MarGood Harbor Park; the Bazaar will feature arts, crafts and other unique market items, holiday music, a bake sale and other delicious food. Fees for 10' x 10' booth are $90 for GCA members, and $110 for non-members. The deadline to apply is Oct. 29. The 11th annual Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival, Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, is a juried event also held at waterfront MarGood Harbor Park showcasing fine arts and hand crafts, live music organized by JRobert of Mangrove Music Studio, and a variety of food vendors. Artists will be juried by a selection committee of five professional artists. Fee for a 10’x10’ booth, which include a non-refundable $20 application fee, is $160. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. There will be a limited number of single-day booths available for both events at reduced rates on a first come, first served basis, for both shows. For details & applications contact Tara O'Neill at email@example.com.
Chess at the JCMI
Each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, 991 Winterberry Dr., at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Chess players from beginners to competitors are invited. More chess sets needed. There are no costs or fees. RSVP: Contact co-founders for info: Irvin Povlow – 215-694-2029 or irvinpovlow1@Gmail.com; Wade Keller – 239-389-2525 or wadekeller2045@Gmail.com.
Did you know Naples is home to one of the top 10 car museums in the world? If you haven't done so yet, check out this amazing collection of vehicles assembled over decades. 2500 Horseshoe Drive S. Visitors must observe COVID-19 protocols. Reserve tickets online for specific dates and times in advance. No walkups. Information: revinstitute.org or 239-687-REVS.
The Factory Run Club
At 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays. Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. The Factory Run Club is a fun social run around the lake loop — just under 1 mile — adjacent to The Cove at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Your skill level is the right one. Jog a single lap or run as many as you choose. Drinks at The Cove afterward are discounted for participants. And you’ll be ready to cool off after that virtuous workout. You get a R.I.O.T. shirt after completing eight runs. And it’s free, free, free.
Koreshan walking tour
Discover the various botanical specimens collected by the Utopian pioneer Koreshans and their specific purpose on this walking tour. Guests will tour the late 18th/early 20th century settlement and learn the history of this progressive society which promoted women's right to vote, equality of the sexes and education for all. Cost: $10 and $4 park admission. Purchase tickets online at friendsofkoreshan.org/page-7741.
Koreshan Unity Settlement
Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan Unity Settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join guided walking tours in Koreshan State Park and learn about these idealistic pioneers. Guided Tours are $10, non-refundable, and may be purchased online only at http://friendsofkoreshan.org/shop/guided-tours/historic-settlement-tours/.
Koreshan State Park Farmers Market
The Sunday Farmers Market at Koreshan State Park continues every Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with paid park admission $4 for single occupancy or $5 for up to eight people in vehicle). Vendor applications @ http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market-application-2/. Park entrance fee required. $4 single occupancy or $5 for up to eight in vehicle. Please bring exact change, no change provided. Credit card payment can only be made online @ https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/koreshan-state-park. No additional cost for the event. Volunteers needed for the farmers market and other Koreshan State Park Events. If interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Street South Famers Market
From 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama off Third Street South in Old Naples; Entry is from 13th Avenue South. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.
Key Marco artifacts
Thanks to an unprecedented five-year loan extension by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world-famous Key Marco Cat will continue on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) through 2026. Through April 30, 2024, 13 additional Key Marco artifacts from the PENN Museum will be on exhibit at MIHM. Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 239-389-6447 or visit theMIHS.org.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round, as are guests on kayak and boat ecotours booked through Friends of Rookery Bay. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Did you know Collier County is home to the largest state park in Florida? Explore this mesmerizing trip back to yesteryear and see wildlife in the wild. Safety protocols in place. Open 8 a.m. to sunset; $3 vehicle fee. 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information: floridastateparks.org; 239-695-4953.
Rookery Bay Eco Kayak & Boat Tours
Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a guided boat tour or kayak adventure into the beautiful waters of Rookery Bay Reserve. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees. Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. Guests can choose from different tours including a shelling trip to a deserted a barrier island or a sunset tour. Find out more at RookeryBay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Now open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5 and active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. Information: 239-395-2233, shellmuseum.org.
IMAG History & Science Center
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. Tickets are available online, and advance ticket purchases are necessary currently to limit the number of guests in accordance with CDC recommendations. Information: theimag.org.
Gordon River Greenway
A hidden gem in Naples is the Gordon River Greenway. Walk, ride your bike or kayak on or along the scenic from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There's 12-foot wide pathways and 10-foot-wide elevated boardwalks. Restrooms and other amenities available. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway; 239-252-4000 or gordonrivergreenway.org)
New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Offering timed online tickets to the general public. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Tickets can only be purchased online. Information: 239-262-5409, napleszoo.org.
Golden Gate Community Farmers Market
Open year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com for more.
Farmer Mike's U-Pick
Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click farmermikesupick.com for more.
Immokalee State Farmers Market
Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit fdacs.gov.
Columbiettes Treasures in the Trunk sale and fundraiser
On Saturday, Nov. 12, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 am. Shoppers are welcome free of charge starting at 8 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Vendors may purchase more than one spot if they wish to do so. All merchandise not sold must be removed by the vendor. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase. 50/50 Drawing will take place at 11 a.m. You do not need to be present for drawing. Come join us for a morning of fun and the opportunity to shop or sell. For more information contact Kathleen Reynolds at 239-404-6733, or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158.
ITC performing for grand opening
Island Theater Company will be performing at the City of Marco Island grand opening at Veterans Park event Nov. 12 and back in January with their '7th Annual Singin’ Broadway.' For additional information visit islandtheatercompany.com, call 239-394-0080, or send an email to: email@example.com.
‘Lunch with the Chief’
Marco Police Foundation is having a “Lunch with the Chief” at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 15 at Hideaway Beach Club. Guest speaker is Chief Shawn Chamberlain on “Policing Lee County Port Authority.” Cost: $35 per person. Seating is limited. Call Bill Morris at 239-642-6020 or Bill Young, 239-253-0020.
Comedy at the Arts Center Theatre
The Arts Center Theatre, the recently acquired venue at the Marco town Center, will present a series of stand-up comedy nights. On Nov. 18, comedian RC Smith (Rachel Ray and Stephen Colbert Show) will headline along with William “Rock the House” Lewis and host Larry Venturino. Other dates include – Dec. 18: Larry Venturino, with Aniria Turney, Seetha and Christopher Cowles; Jan. 27: Ken Miller with Sean Harper and Larry Venturino; Feb. 3: Alex Elkin with Ginger Kelly and Larry Venturino; March 10: Jim Florentine with RC Smith and Larry Venturino. Tickets for the nights of standup comedy are $20 for Marco Island Center for the Arts Members and $25 for non-members with the exception of the evening with Jim Florentine where tickets will be $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
4th annual Rookery Bay Classic Car Show set in new location
The 4th Annual Rookery Bay Classic Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Florida SouthWestern State College, 7505 Grand Lely Drive, Naples. Hosted by Island Automotive to support Friends of Rookery Bay, the event will have over 140 cars representing everything from pre-1930s antiques, icons from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, muscle cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and exotic/high performance race cars from yesterday and today. The day will include venders, activities, entertainment, and food trucks. Car show attendees will receive a free pass to visit the nearby Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center by Dec. 31, 2022. The center has aquariums, a touch tank, interactive exhibits, walking trails, an art gallery, picnic areas, a gift shop and more. Cash-only admission to the car show is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children five and younger. Proceeds help support education, conservation and research within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Research Reserve, which encompasses 40 percent of Collier County’s coastline. For more information or to register a classic car for $25, visit rookerybay.org or call Island automotive at 239-394-3458.
SAVE THE DATE
Left Bank Art Shows
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 5 and April 2, at The Esplanade, 740 Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Juried artists include photography, jewelry, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, ceramics, wood, bronze, glass and more. Free admission and free parking. More at 239-290-7927.
Arts Center Theatre: ‘I’ll Eat You Last’
One of Broadway’s most acclaimed one-woman plays has just been added to the Arts Center Theatre inaugural season lineup. “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers” played the Great White Way in 2013 starring Hollywood icon Bette Midler. This comedy will now be added to the Arts Center Theatre schedule Jan. 4-22. This lighthearted show based on the legendary Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers that managed clients such as Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse. Tickets for all of the attractions at the Arts Center Theatre, located on Marco Island in the Marco Town Center, are on sale now at marcoislandart.org. The “Odd Couple” originally scheduled for Jan. 4-22, will now play at the venue on Nov. 30-Dec. 18. “The Fantasticks”, originally scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 18, is being postponed for reconsideration at a later date.
A yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants: Frida and Her Garden
Naples Botanical Garden is presenting a yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants and their cultural connections. The season features major exhibitions — including a botanical homage to artist Frida Kahlo — new festivals, and the return of annual favorites. Frida and Her Garden, Jan. 14-Sept. 10, venture into the world of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) as you explore a re-creation of La Casa Azul, the ar tist’s iconic blue home in Coyoacán, Mexico City. A year in the making, this exhibition is a garden within the Garden, teeming with plants that inspired her paintings, those that embellished her home, and those that reflect Mexico’s rich heritage. Throughout the Garden, you’ll also encounter monumental animal sculptures adorned with folk art representing important influences on Kahlo’s life and work. Special thanks to Banco de México Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust.
A yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants: Viva la Vida: Plants, Stories, and Cultural Heritage
Naples Botanical Garden is presenting a yearlong exploration of Mexico’s plants and their cultural connections. The season features major exhibitions — including a botanical homage to artist Frida Kahlo — new festivals, and the return of annual favorites. Viva la Vida: Plants, Stories, and Cultural Heritage, April 7-Sept. 4: Through photography and storytelling, discover how more than 20 Southwest Florida women of Hispanic origin keep their traditions alive through plants. Artist Lisette Morales McCabe captures her subjects immersed in the plants that connect them to homeland and heritage.
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