March 27, 2013

Easter Activities in Naples

If you are good at hiding your Easter Eggs or just looking for some family activities for Easter fun, here are a few hints of where to look this weekend in Naples:
Max Hasse Community Park: Easter Egg-stravaganza
Candy filled eggs, visit and photos with the Easter Bunny
       Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples
       Admission: $2
       More information: (239) 348-7500
Whole Foods Market: Easter Activities
Easter egg hunt 8 a.m. Children 4+ accompanied by an adult to dye eggs and take home a mini, decorative Easter basket. Sampling of recipes featuring eggs also available. Egg toss winner gets a $25 gift card and gift basket filled with goodies
       Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       9101 Strada Place, Naples.
       Admission: Free
       More information: (239) 552-5100
Naples Zoo: Zoo Animals Hunt for Easter Eggs
Watch animals rip into giant papier-mâché eggs stuffed with their favorite treats
       March 29 – 31, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples.
       Admission: $12.95 children 3-12; $18.95 senior 65+; $19.95, adults 13-64.
       More information: (239)262-5409
Naples Botanical Garden: Egg Hunt in the Smith Children’s Garden
Visit from Easter Bunny and egg hunts by age
       Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
       4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples.
       Admission: $7.95 children 4-14; and $12.95 adults
       More information: (239) 643-7275
Village on Venetian Bay: Easter Eggstravaganza
 Complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and craft for children
       Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m
       4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples
       More information: (239) 261-6100
Golden Gate Community Center: Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Nighttime hunt for children up to age 12 with movie afterward
       Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
       4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate
       Admission: $3 (Bring a flashlight and a basket!)
       More information: (239) 252-4180
Coastland Center Mall: Easter Bunny photos
       10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays until March 30
       1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples.
       There is a charge for photos.
       More information: (239) 262-2323

March 26, 2013

Wine & Jazz Festival of Naples: Mar 29 - 30, 2013

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is nationally renown, but many people wish it was a within a reasonable price range for the average American. Sukie Honeycutt, co-owner of Tony’s Off Third, and Scott Janess, inPLAY Events in Chicago, decided to design a Naples wine festival just for that purpose. The inaugural Wine & Jazz Festival of Naples will be held in Cambier Park in Naples from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. The event will benefit the Next Generation Cambier Park Playground and Gulfshore Playhouse. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 100 varieties of affordable wine from small boutique wineries and imported wines from Chile, Argentina, Australia, France, and Italy. With admission, each attendee gets 10 samples to be redeemed among the vendors. Experienced wine drinkers recommend starting with the lighter whites, with chardonnay as your last white, before you move into the light red wines and then end with the cabernet sauvignons and big Italian reds. The festival will also feature six local restaurants, Tony’s Off Third, Osteria Tulia, Aqua, Ridgway Bar & Grill, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar and Roy’s, selling tapas-style tastes of their specialties among live jazz band music.
Admission is $35 in advance and $50 at the door for adults (21 and older) and includes a souvenir wine glass and 10 tastings. Designated driver tickets are $15 and include two nonalcoholic drinks and souvenir glass; attendees 20 and younger free with paid adult. It is $5 for 10 more tasting coupons. For more information, contact the Norris Center at (877) 772-5425.

March 20, 2013

Florida International Air Show

Just up the road from the Hilton Naples, USA Today has featured the Florida International Air Show (FIAS) in Punta Gorda among its top 10 best Air Shows in the world and promises to feature a demonstration of the F-22 Raptor during it's March 23 -24, 2013 show.
“It’s wonderful that our Air Show has been recognized in such a public manner,” says FIAS spokesperson Lindsey Barfield. “We’re in our 33rd year of producing one of the best Air Shows in the world. We often here from our performers and pilots that our show is one of the best and that’s why so many enjoy coming back year after year.”
Scheduled Performances include:
AEROSHELL AEROBATIC TEAM • The AeroShell Aerobatic Team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of airshow fans all over North America. 
U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION TEAM • The Para-Commandos perform precision free-fall parachute demonstrations informing the public about the unique mission of Special Operations Command. The team is comprised of active duty military and Department of Defense civilians assigned to Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans with a Special Operations background. 
JANE WICKER – WING WALKER • Step back into the Golden Age of Aviation as Jane Wicker demonstrates the daring and breath taking art of wing walking. Not just wing riding—this is the real thing. With no safety line and no parachute, she amazes the crowd by climbing, walking and hanging all over her beautiful 450 HP Stearman she affectionately calls "Aurora". 
THE TWIN TIGER TEAM AND THE RINGMASTERS • Two identical Tiger Yak 55’s fly a magnificent aerial demonstration of precision and skill as they perform spectacular formation aerobatics. Even the most seasoned of airshow spectators, who’ve seen it all, take notice when the ‘Tiger Tumble’, a difficult gut–wrenching maneuver in these super–sized monoplanes. 
ELGIN WELLS AND STARJAMMER • For the past 14 years, Elgin Wells has been building the ultimate air show plane, featuring 250 multicolored LED lights and a 4,000-watt onboard speaker system that plays music he has composed to choreograph his routine. "The Starjammer represents a new art form, or at least a new instrument for entertainment," Elgin said. It's like nothing anyone has ever see—or heard—before.  
THE IRON EAGLE AEROBATIC TEAM • Look for pilots Bill Segalla and Bill Gordon as they perform aerobatic routines in custom-built aircraft. After three years of work, these men transformed two sport-aerobatic airfrafts into single-seat Super Christen Eagle I Biplanes. The cruising speed of these special aircrafts at half power is 200 mph. Only four of these planes are flying in the country today. 
AERO L-39 ALBATROS • A high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s. It was the first of the second-generation jet trainers, and the first turbofan-powered trainer produced. More than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatros is the most widely used jet trainer in the world; in addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role. 
JERRY McCART – WICKED WILLY JET FUNNY CAR Topping out at 300 mph, Wicked Willy is powered by a GE J-85, more commonly used on the F-5 and T-3 Fighters, as well as on the prototype Stealth 116. The thrust with afterburner is 6,000 lbs. which equates to more than 12,000 hp. Quite possibly one of the fastest machines you'll see on the runway!
The Air Show will also host the following exhibits:
AV-8B HARRIER II • Representing, arguably, the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the Harrier was the first VSTOL-capable (vertical/short takeoff and landing) jet in the Marine inventory, giving MAGTF commanders new flexibility on the battlefield. With the ability to attack anywhere, the Harrier forces the enemy to defend everywhere, exposing vulnerabilities the enemy must divert resources to protect.  
U.S. MARINE CORPS KC-130J HERCULES • The KC-130J Hercules supports U.S. Marine Corps 21st century expeditionary operations by providing air-to-air refueling, rapid ground refueling and logistic support to operating forces. Tactical transportation of personnel or cargo includes aerial delivery or austere landing zone operations.  
FLAGSHIP DETROIT FOUNDATION DC3 • The Flagship Detroit was originally delivered to American Airlines in March of 1937, and has been fully restored to its original condition. It is the oldest DC3 in the world still flying. The DC3 transcended traditional obstacles of distance, geography, and geopolitical borders. Without the DC-3 forming the foundation of the early airline industry, who knows where air travel would be today?  
SB2C HELLDIVER • The West Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force proudly presents the world's only flying Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver, the last true Dive Bomber produced for the U.S. Navy. While often maligned by some critics, the SB2C’s were responsible for more ship tonnage sunk during WWII than any other aircraft. 
HH-60L MEDEVAC HELO • This Medevac is known for saving lives on the battle field! The HH-60M Medevac helicopter provides comprehensive modern medical care from the injury site while enroute to a distant hospital. Onboard systems include environmental control system, oxygen generating system, enroute medical care, suction, patient monitors, and an external electrical rescue hoist. 
L-26 COMMANDER • This 1955-vintage Commander is 1 of 15 the U.S. Air Force bought from Aero Commander for use in the Presidential fleet. The story goes: after suffering a stroke and recuperating at his farm in Gettysburg, PA, President Dwight D. Eisenhower instructed his staff to get him an airplane that could take off in Washington, fly the 60 or so miles to Gettysburg, and land at his grass strip. 
RUSSIAN YAK 52 • This is a tricycled-gear, tandem two seater military trainer. It was produced in quite large quantities and sold widely. It offer a very high level of performance; a military-type character; fantastic ruggedness and high agility and aerobatic capabilities, all in a two-seater aircraft with relatively low operating costs. It gives a far better performance than Western aircraft, which is coupled with the very attractive ‘military’ ambience and feel. 
U.S. NAVY C-1A • This C-1A, the only remaining flying Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft of its kind, was used to ferry personnel, mail and high-priority cargo, such as replacement parts, on and off of aircraft carriers and other naval ships.  
SPOOKY AC-47 GUNSHIP, AMERICAN FLIGHT MUSEUM • "Spooky" is restored as John Levitow's Medal of Honor Douglas AC-47 gunship. Airmen 1st Class John L. Levitow was a AC-47 loadmaster who won the Medal of Honor on a February 24, 1969 mission. The first in a series of gunships developed by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, it was felt that more firepower was needed in some situations when ground forces called for close support. 
PANCHITO – B-25 • Sponsored by the DAV, Rag Wings and Radials’ B-25J is restored as "Panchito" that served with the 396 Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group, 7th Air Force, stationed in the Central Pacific. The North American B-25 was one of the most famous twin-engine medium bombers used in World War II.  
LOCKHEED L-12 • The Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior, more commonly known as the Lockheed 12 or L-12, is an 8-seat, 6-passenger all-metal twin-engine transport aircraft of the late 1930s designed for use by small airlines, companies, and wealthy private individuals. Lockheed built a total of 130 ending production in 1941. This aircraft appeared in the 2009 movie Amelia as a stand-in for the Electra 10E used by Earhart in her round-the-world flight attempt.
THE C-54 BERLIN AIRLIFT MUSEUM • Dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. This restored Douglas C-54E transport aircraft, "SPIRIT OF FREEDOM" represents the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron, one of many groups which carried out the Airlift.
OV-1 MOHAWK • A one-of-a-kind design, the OV-1 was built by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps as battlefield surveillance aircraft. With a radar unit mounted under the aircraft it was the first turboprop plane to enter U.S. Army service. The OV-1 was operational until 1996.  
Please Note:
All performances  displays and exhibits may not appear due to circumstances beyond control of the Florida International Air Show.

For more information, contact the Florida International Air Show information hotline at  
(941) 575-9007.

March 18, 2013

Collier County Fair

On March 14 - 24, 2013 from 6 pm - 11 pm, come enjoy the entertainment of the fair: rides, livestock exhibits, demolition derbies, hypnotists, Bengal tigers, and live music. Collier County Agricultural Fair and Exposition. has contributed to our community by providing support or fundraising opportunities for the following organizations: Collier County Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program, Catholic Charities, 4-H Foundation, Open Youth of Collier County, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Naples Bears, Immokalee High School Band, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth Haven and Palmetto High School Fishing Club.

Schedule of Events
Mon, Mar 18th
6 PM – 11 PM
BOGO Night (Buy One Adult Admission Get One Kid Free)
Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00 Armbands $15.00
Tues, Mar 19th
6 PM – 11 PM
Ten Buck Tuesday
Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00 Armbands $10.00
Wed, Mar 20th
6 PM – 11 PM
Family Fun Night
Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00 Armbands $15.00 (Kiddie Rides Armbands $5.00)
Thur, Mar 21st
6 PM – 11 PM
Community Day
Get in Free with 2 Can Goods (Dog/Cat or People) from 6pm – 7pm ONLY. After 7:00pm Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00 Armbands $15.00
Fri, Mar 22nd
6 PM – 2 AM
Midnight Madness
Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00 Armbands $20.00 (Mandatory after 10:00pm)
Sat, Mar 23rd
1 PM – 1 AM
Wild Saturday
Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00
Sun, Mar 24th
1 PM – 10 PM
Family Party Day
(Armbands $20.00 Includes Gate). (No Armband/Rides Gate Only Admission $5.00)
Active duty and retired U.S. Military personnel FREE admission with U.S. Military ID.

Dates: March 14 - 24, 2013
Place: 751 39th Ave NE  Naples, FL 34120
Time: 6:00 PM -11:00 PM Weekdays, 1:00 PM - 1:00 AM Weekends
Cost: 12 Years and Older (Adult) - $10, 6-11 Years (Kids) - $5.00, 5 Years and; Under - FREE
More information: Call (239) 455-1444

March 12, 2013

Dine With Two Legends At Shula's Naples

  A Legendary Wine Dinner Event With 

Coach Shula & Coach Ditka

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 6PM
Coach Shula and Coach Ditka are saving you a seat for this 
once in a lifetime opportunity!

Join Coach Shula and Coach Ditka for dinner featuring Shula's legendary 
 cuisine paired with legendary varietals of Mike Ditka Wine.

Bill Terlato of Terlato Wine will be on hand to discuss 
how Ditka Wines pair with Shula's menu.

You will also have the chance to meet some of Coach's former players.

Only a limited number of guests may attend the event of a lifetime!

$175 per person plus tax & 20% gratuity.

Call Jeff TODAY to reserve your seat at (239) 659-3176.

March 11, 2013

Columbus’ Replica Ships, the Nina and the Pinta, at Tin City in Naples

From March 5 - 19, the Columbus Foundation will have the replica ships of the Nina and the Pinta for display and public tours at Naples Dock at Tin City. The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship —the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The —Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.  Admission is $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16 . Children 4 and under are free. For more information, call (787) 672-2125.

March 8, 2013

Saturday Nights Alive

On March 9, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm, have a different take on street performance. Naples Mercato sidewalks will stir with local artists, musicians and street performers the second Saturday of every month. Arrive at 6pm and meet a different local artist every month in the one-night-only pop-up gallery. Admission is free. For more information, call (239) 254-1080.

March 7, 2013

Old Florida Festival

This weekend, March 9 – 10, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm come dive into a colorful adventure of Old Florida’s rich an colorful past at the Collier County Museum (3331 Tamiami Tr. E, Naples, FL 34112) in Naples. The Old Florida Festival brings together some of the State’s finest historical re-enactors, craft workers and performers to recreate over ten centuries of life in Southwest Florida. See, hear and touch the past like never before with live reenactments of war battles and performances by Native Americans to feel the drama and savor the cultures that shaped Florida, all set on the Museum’s native gardens and grounds. Adults: $5; Children (8 to 18): $2; Children under 8: Free. For more information call (239) 252-8476.

March 6, 2013

Golden Gate's Frontier Days Festival

March 7 - 10, 2013, Golden Gate celebrates the 40th Annual Frontier Days Festival and Parade from 6 pm to 10 pm at Golden Gate Community Center (4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34114). The parade on Saturday starts at 2 pm, Saturday, March 10 and goes from Coronado Parkway past the Golden Gate Community Center and ending at the Festival Grounds. Enjoy lots of live music, rides, and fair food every day. Bring the family and have a wonderful time! 

March 5, 2013

Wine and Dezine Art Class at The Von Liebig Art Center

March 7, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm come paint with Ann Chaddock, who will make you leave thinking this is most fun you'll ever have with a brush. Enjoy friends, fun, wine and leave with your own masterpiece in just three hours. Just relax as each workshop takes you step by step through the wonderful world of painting. Admission is $75 per person. For more information call (239) 262-6517.

March 4, 2013

Jimmy Keys Preforms March 15 at the Hilton Naples

On March 15, 2013, enjoy dinner and show featuring Jimmy Keys, a unique & hilarious one-man performer, playing live at the Hilton Naples Hotel. Fans of Jimmy Keys love his variety show packed with comedy, musical impersonations and famous Broadway songs, wrapped around some of the most exciting piano playing in Naples, Florida. The evening will feature a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 pm, buffet dinner, and Jimmy Keys’ hilarious musical performance at beginning 7:30 pm. Tickets are $65 per person. Invite your friends and enjoy great food and a good laugh. Make your reservations by calling (239) 659-3174 or e-mailing