Friday, October 15, 2021

All Quiet on the Southern Front, on Isles of Capri that is

Rumination from the Rock

The bustle of snow birds, vacationers, tourists, and fun-loving visitors have calmed. Streets are quiet and the last big event for the summer residents and friends will be over by July 5th. July 4th will be a musical extravaganza called the Dolphin Point Country Concert sponsored by Greater Isles of Capri, (IOC), a non-profit organization and 101.9 Gator Country with dancing under the stars, cavorting in patriotic attire and imbibing your favorite beverages and perhaps grilling, although there will be a food truck there. Weather permitting, there should be a great view of the fireworks from Marco Island and Naples. You can almost hear the oohs and ahs now! Tickets are on sale for $45 each at

Photos by Jory Westberry | Goodland’s colors typify the laid-back attitude of the residents and their fun-loving attitudes.

Fireworks and entertainment on Marco Island will start at 9 PM at South Beach on 130 S. Collier Blvd. Parking is located at the intersection of Swallow Avenue and Collier Blvd

The members of the Isles of Capri Board and officers are to be commended for their hard work throughout the year to communicate with its residents, hold regular meetings and social events, provide an “honor system” book library in the Community Center, facilitate the copious comments and suggestions about the new Isles of Capri sign, sponsor comedic games of Bingo during “the season” and keep the rest of us informed and up to date about changes and good news.

Communication Central is none other than our beloved Anne Hall (with input from a plethora of participants, and probably her handsome sidekick, Eddie Hall). Anne and Eddie are happily involved and cheerfully coordinate the Bocce gear for summer play and the competitions during season for our die-hard, seasonal players whose laughter and cheers trails down the streets and tickles funny-bones left and right.

Speaking of die-hards, there are local residents of Capri who are willingly choosing to play Bocce in the over-100-heat-index of our present summer. They make me start sweating in my air-conditioned car as I drive by while admiring their stamina in the sweltering humidity!

The Book Club has ceased for the summer, but will start up in the fall when there are more participants to share ideas about the selected books. This is something I’ve always wanted to join, but “time-permitting” plus the “stars” just haven’t lined up yet. Sometimes one’s desire to read far exceeds the time available!

On a brighter note, our Irma-destroyed house, condemned and demolished in November 2017, is likely to be finished with the CO in early July 2019. We’ve been off the island, living in a cottage in Goodland for almost 20 months… waiting, sometimes not so patiently because of the permitting, code changes and other disturbing road-blocks. That may have to be another column in the future. Thank you to our friends and neighbors on and off Capri who have been so encouraging through this challenge, including our new friends and neighbors on Goodland, who made our stay there an absolutely great experience. Thank you to Connie and Bart Costello, who rented their cottage to us while we waited for our lives to reshape and heal.

One can find positivity wherever you look, if your eyes and heart are open to possibilities. We are so fortunate to be part of this community of generous, fun-loving, caring, united friends. Thank you all!

Jory Westberry has been a dedicated educator for over 40 years, the last 14 as Principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary, where she left her heart. Life is rich with things to learn, ponder and enjoy so let’s get on with the journey together!

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