What’s Happening In Naples: April 6-9 Weekend Edition

Thursday, April 6

History & Heritage On The Water With Robert N. Macomber & Island Girl Charters

Join Maritime Historian, Robert Macomber for his narrated voyage titled “The President And The Devilfish” celebrating the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to SW FL.

While on the water, hear fascinating tales featuring one of the coast’s most unusual visiting fishermen & conservationists: Theodore Roosevelt. His legacy on this coast is still strong; most visible to anyone who ventures forth upon the jade green waters of Pine Island Sound.

The adventure awaits at Pineland Marina on Island Girl 1, a custom built 45 ft. Corinthian Catamaran. Reservations are required. For this voyage, call Island Girl Charters tel # 239-633-8142. Tickets are $100 per person [include 3 hour boat trip, lunch, water, soft drinks & parking].

To learn more about your guide, visit www.RobertMacomber.com and to learn more about Island Girl Charters, visit IslandGirlCharters.com.

Cost:  $100 per person
Location:  Pineland Marina
Address:  13921 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia FL

Richard Segalman Solo Exhibition

For more than thirty years, Harmon-Meek Gallery has presented the annual solo exhibition of Richard Segalman’s latest works and every year we are delighted by what new works the master of four mediums has created for us.  Segalman is as adept with pastel and monotype as he is with oils and watercolors.

Most easily recognized for his iconic women on the beach in long flowing skirts, he also is loved for his works of city street scenes, women sitting in city window sills or on brown-stone front steps, and women in dressing rooms surrounded by clothing and hats.

With his pastels he is able to show much more of his decisive stroke and create the feeling of movement through this amazingly durable medium.  His pastel works are truly works of beauty and contemplation.

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  Harmon-Meek Gallery is located at 599 9th ST N in the Capital Bank Building.

Cost: FREE
Location: Harmon-Meek Gallery
Address: 599 9th ST N #309, Naples FL

Friday, April 7

Kayra Belan’s “Symbolic Magic” at Art Walk

Artist, author, mythologist, and art historian Dr. Kyra Belán will show a series of works that includes the American Beauty series paintings of hibiscus flowers; the From Kali series drawings of mixed animals/birds; paintings from the Amazing Ladies series (portraits of notable women); and paintings of mythological figures of divinities. Nude figures may also be included. Plan for a one-of-a-kind opening that features a floor installation. Concluding the opening will be a performance art piece featuring live and projected artistry. Celebrate “Symbolic Magic” during this ephemeral exhibition. Running April 7th – 26th.
Exhibit opens Friday, April 7th during the Fort Myers Art Walk in the downtown historic River District.
Art Walk operates from 6pm-10pm on the first Friday of every month.
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
Cost: FREE
Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Address: 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers FL

Saturday, April 8

Second Annual Taste of Freedom

A culinary wonderland awaits at the second annual Taste of Freedom, and so does the opportunity to win a two-year lease on a 2017 Lexus! The Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition hosts this food-forward masquerade affair on Saturday, April 8 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers, 4200 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers.

“Unmask and Empower” is the theme as the community comes together to support the lifesaving mission of the Coalition and its community partners to raise awareness of human trafficking and celebrate the empowerment of its survivors.

Taste of Freedom is a fun, foodie-themed masquerade gala featuring cocktails, chef stations from a wide array of local restaurants, wine tastings, live entertainment by local musical favorite Electric Lipstick and attractive auction prizes. Again this year, Title Sponsor Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers will award a 24-month lease on a 2017 Lexus to one lucky raffle winner. For increased chances, raffle tickets are available in advance of the event for $50 each or three for $100 at swfl-humantrafficking.org/events. One lucky person will win his or her choice of a 2017 NX200T or IS350.

Cost: $100
Location: Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers
Address: 4200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers FL

Sunday, April 9

8th Annual BBQ, Bands & Brew to Benefit Lee Builders Care

A family fun event boasting the best BBQ in town including local barbecue vendors, a friendly BBQ competition, live music all day long, games and fun for all ages to benefit Lee BIA Builders care. Featuring live music from local bands, a Kid’s Area showcases a barnyard theme and a cornhole tournament are open to all. Parking is free, with VIP parking available for a fee. The event is outside. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Dogs, beach umbrellas, and coolers will NOT be permitted.



Cost: Admission $10/person, children 12 & under are free
Location: Lee County Alliance for the Arts
Address: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers FL

Masters Sunday Raffle & Watching Party

Please join us on Sunday, April 9, from 3-6 p.m. at Paradise Wine for a one-of-a-kind raffle and Masters Sunday watching party. Enter for a chance to win one of three incredible prizes, a his or her Rolex watch*, a 24-month lease for a 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Cirrus White Sedan**, or admission for four to the 2018 Masters Final Rounds (Saturday & Sunday)***. You don’t have to be present to win but half the fun is watching the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament. The drawing for the Rolex watch will be held at 4:00 p.m., the drawing for the Mercedes-Benz lease will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the drawing for the 2018 Masters Package will be held at 6:00 p.m. One raffle ticket provides one entry to the watching/drawing party, additional event tickets can be purchased for $50.00 each. Finger foods to be provided throughout the afternoon and the tournament will be shown through completion.

*Rolex watch made available with help from Bigham Jewelers. Men’s watch is a Yacht-Master II, women’s watch is an Oyster Perpetual DateJust.

**24-month lease for a 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Cirrus White Sedan. Mercedes-Benz lease made available with help from Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs.

***Masters package: Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.

Cost: $350
Location: Paradise Wine
Address: 8965 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 108, Naples FL

Neil Sedaka

Iconic singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka comes to Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

– Date: Sunday, April 9 at 8:00 PM
– Ticket: $70 (can be purchased at the casino or by calling (800) 218-0007)
– Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

During the course of his impressive 60-year career, Sedaka was one of the first teen pop sensations of the 1950s, a successful songwriter for himself and other artists in the 1960s, and a superstar in the 1970s. Today, he remains a constant force in writing and performing.

Sedaka catapulted to stardom after Connie Francis recorded his “Stupid Cupid.” She then sang the theme song Sedaka and Howard Greenfield had written for the 1960 MGM spring break classic, “Where the Boys Are,” which would be her biggest hit. Rhythm and blues stars Clyde McPhatter and LaVern Baker also scored hits with his songs. As a result, Sedaka was able to sign a contract with RCA as a writer and performer of his own material, recording chart toppers “The Diary,” “Oh! Carol,” ” Stairway to Heaven,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Next Door To An Angel,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”

When the British Invasion made it difficult for male solo artists to succeed, Sedaka prevailed as a songwriter, penning hit songs for such artists as Frank Sinatra (“The Hungry Years”), Elvis Presley (“Solitaire”),  Tom Jones (“Puppet Man”), The Monkees (“When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door”), and The Fifth Dimension (“Workin’ on a Groovy Thing”).

Elton John signed Sedaka to his Rocket Records label and began to re-introduce Sedaka to American audiences in the 1970s. The two albums he recorded for Rocket Records, “Sedaka’s Back” in 1974 and “The Hungry Years” in 1975, both became top selling albums around the world. Two of his songs co-written with Phil Cody, “Bad Blood” and the quintessential “Laughter in the Rain,” both reached number one on the music charts. “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was re-released as a ballad in 1976, and made music history when it reached number one on the charts, becoming the first song recorded in two different versions by the same artist to achieve that feat. During this time, Sedaka also helped to launch the career of the Captain and Tennille with their version of his “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which was a worldwide number one hit and won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

In addition to his extensive worldwide tour schedule, he recently released “I Do It For Applause”, a CD of 12 new Sedaka songs and the official release of “Joie De Vivre”

Cost: $70
Location: Seminole Casino Hotel
Address: 506 South 1st St, Immokalee FL