What’s Happening In Naples: February 23-26 Weekend Edition

Thursday, February 23

The James Madison Institute Annual Dinner

Join The James Madison Institute for our 2017 Naples Dinner featuring keynote speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. He sat on the bench from 1987 to 1995, when he presided over more than 150 jury trials and thousands of motions, sentencings, and hearings. Judge Napolitano taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for two years and at Seton Hall Law School for 11 years. He was often chosen by the students as their most outstanding professor. He returned to private practice in 1995, and began television work in the same year.

As Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst since 1998, Judge Napolitano broadcasts nationwide on the Fox News Channel throughout the day, Monday through Friday. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property.

Judge Napolitano lectures nationally on the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and human freedom. He has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. His weekly newspaper column is seen by millions every week.

The Judge is the author of eight books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times Best Sellers. His most recent book, SUICIDE PACT: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Assault on Civil Liberties, details a long, sordid history of governmental – and especially presidential – encroachments on liberty, enacted in the name of protecting America but which serve instead to undermine national security and erode the nation’s founding freedoms.

The Dinner will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples. The VIP Reception will begin at 5:30 pm and the dinner will begin at 7:00 pm. For additional questions and to receive the member’s discount code please contact the JMI Director of Events, Jessica Brewton at events@jamesmadison.org or call our headquarters at 850-386-3131. For sponsorship opportunities: please contact Don Orrico at dorrico@jamesmadison.org.

JMI Member Tickets: $250.00
Non-Member Tickets: $325.00

Frank Delpizzo and Friends Comedy Show

Frank Del Pizzo came from the real world to the comedy stage. Ten years as an auto mechanic left Frank ready to let the people know what he was thinking. Frank is a breath of fresh air in a business that is full of hot air. He makes people laugh with his true to life stories and attitude.

Frank has entertained a wide variety of diverse crowds, as the opening act for legendary comedians from Sam Kinison to Rita Rudner, and has thoroughly pleased every audience he encounters. Likeable and friendly, this New Jersey Native is able to take an audience on a journey that makes them feel like they have just taken a wild ride in the back seat of his car.

Cost: $10
Location: Off The Hook Comedy Club
Address: 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road

Friday, February 24

Year By The Sea

Silverspot Cinema Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Author Joan Anderson & Producer Laura Goodenow, Friday, February 24th, Opening Night of YEAR BY THE SEA, Based On The New York Times Best Seller
Cost: $25.25
Location: Silverspot Cinema
Address: 9118 Strada Place, Mercato

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
Cost: $47 Premium Seating, $42 Center Seating, $37 Side Seating
Location: Center for Performing Arts
Address: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs FLLive From Nashville

Celebrate the songs that gave Music City its name — from old time country greats like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, to the newest Nashville sound. Stellar stagecraft, terrific dancers and a group of Nashville’s finest musicians will bring us all “down home.”
Cost: $49 Loge/$44 General Admission/$5 Students
Location: BIG ARTS Schein Hall
Address: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel FL

Saturday, February 25

7th Annual Walk For Wishes 5K Walk/Run

Registration is still open for the 7th Annual Walk For Wishes® 5K Walk/Run, to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Walk For Wishes® presented by Publix will be held on February 25, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Recreation Fields located at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers.

The fundraiser is a certified timed 5K walk/run; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk/run begins at 8:30. The ‘Family Fun Day’ which is included with registration begins after the walk/run and includes food, bounce houses, a rock wall, balloon art, face painting and more fun activities. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event to help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Chairs for the fundraising event are Dorothy Blasingim and Tammy Teece of Regions. The goal for this year’s event is to help raise enough money to grant 23 local wishes. The fundraiser is a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends.

Sponsors for the walk/run include: Publix, Family Thrift Center, Regions,  Shoreline Carpet Supplies, Trusted Choice, Feil Inc.,  Gunterberg Charitable Foundation,  Health Fund Solutions, Institute for Entrepreneurship and  Business & Entrepreneurship Student Club at FGCU,  Joey D’s Restaurant,  Lake Michigan Credit Union,  Lee Health,  Mutual of Omaha Bank,  Scott M. Craven,  Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee,  Island Coast Pediatrics,  It’s IT,  Neaher Law,  Once Upon A Child,  R&R Sprinkler and Sod,  Red’s Ok Tire and Blue Ocean Press.

Walk For Wishes pre-registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 13 years of age and younger.  Registration is available online at www.walkforwishessfla.net to sign up as an individual or to register a team.


Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 10,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.sfla.wish.org or call 239-992-9474.

Cost: Adults – $25 Students- $15 Children- $10
Location: FGCU Recreation Fields
Address: 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers FL

Velvet Caravan

Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin TX, Iowa, Boston MA, and Southern Georgia.
Cost: $35 Premium Seating, $30 Center Seating, $25 Side Seating
Location: Center for Performing Arts
Address: 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs FL

Sunday, February 26

Lee County & Southwest Florida Fair
ongoing through March 5

While the online countdown clock ticks down the days and hours until opening day, the monumental setup is already underway at the Lee Civic Center and Fairgrounds for the 93rd Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair, to be held Feb. 23 – March 5. Tickets are now on sale at swflcfair.com/tickets, along with the always popular Mega Pass, granting admission and unlimited rides for one day of the fair.

A lineup of amazing free entertainment is in store, from Ron Diamond’s Hypnosis Magic to the Timberworks Lumberjack Show. The Fire Fighter Training Show returns for its second year by popular demand along with Dale’s Scott’s The Future of Magic Show. Enjoy the ever popular Marc Dobson’s ‘One Man Band’ and Billy ‘Elvis’ Lindsey – winner of the ELVIS Extravaganza Contest at the Florida State Fair, and much more! Tadpole the Clown, Carrie McQueen Stilt Walker, and the Moogician are always crowd pleasers. Rocky Da Roosta and his cast of cackling hens will entertain you throughout the entire day.

The 4-H Livestock competitions, shows and sales are held throughout the 11 days, with over 1,300 entries including beef breeding, goats, horses, small animals and swine from more than 400 4-H Exhibitors. Specialty goat shows and competitions are presented by the American Dairy Goat Association, National Pygmy Goat Association and the American Boer Goat Association. The Market Animal Livestock Sale is held Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Registration is still open in the Creative Living and Home Arts Departments where the community’s creativity comes alive, and featured more than 1,000 entries in 2016. Register now to enter your crafts, baked goods, recycled art, photography, horticulture and more. New this year is the Decorate a Hat contest.  Guess all the Skittles in the candy jar and you could win that candy jar, plus a beautiful four-foot Dankin Teddy Bear.

On Senior/Military Day, there will be many workshops presented by Lee County Master Gardeners on 18 topics from worm composting to citrus growing to Florida Friendly Landscapes. An Ask the Gardener session will help answer fairgoers’ gardening conundrums!

A host of specials and discounts are available, ranging from Sneak Peek Thursday (Feb. 23), with a $15 special for admission and rides, to our Harry Chapin Food Bank Night (Monday, Feb. 27) with free gate admission for three cans of donated food. Military and Senior Day is Wednesday, March 1, with $5 admission from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Moonlight Madness is always a favorite for thrill seekers, with $25 for admission and rides from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, February 24th and Friday, March 3rd.

Visit swflcfair.com for tickets, Creative Living entry information, the full lineup of entertainment, community stage happenings, plus a downloadable brochure that is your ultimate guide to all of the excitement.

Cost: Adults – Varies per day
Location: Lee County Fairgrounds
Address: Bayshore Road, Fort Myers FL