Wednesday, October 27, 2021




By Donna Fiala

It’s a busy time of year, but isn’t it fun! Our weather has been gorgeous, our visitors have been flocking in to enjoy the area, and we are grateful that they are here. We’ve had so many events that a person could never get bored, that’s for sure.

Sunday, March 6th was another marvelous St. Paddy’s Day Parade with Father Tim and Father Pat leading the parade, Steve Stefanides orchestrating the procession, Kathleen Reynolds organizing the teams, and so many more involved that it is impossible to name all the wonderful people who participated. Our Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards, and I rode to the staging area together and were lucky enough to again ride in two of Bill Young’s fabulous cars! How many people can actually say they rode in a Ferrari? Each year he is kind enough to be my driver in the parade and lend his cars as well. This year he even got his wife Karen involved! The event was a fantastic success; the food was delicious (as usual!), and there was a lot to do and see all around. Veteran’s Park is such a perfect place to hold this event!

In case you didn’t know it, we have some good actors on Marco. The East Naples Kiwanis Club held a Mystery Dinner event at Naples Lakes Country Club this past week. The name of the play was “Murder is Par for the Course, and Gina Sisbarro from the Marco Kiwanis Club appeared as Carrie Bagshot in the mystery. This is her 3rd year in a row to participate. In case you haven’t seen her perform, let me tell you she just draws the audience in! Gina has directed over 20 productions for the youth and teen theater on the island, and has appeared in many productions of the Marco Players. Also from Marco was Chris Niemczyk from the Lely High School Key Club (the high school version of Kiwanis) who is also on the National Honor Society at Lely, and participates in the Jazz and Percussion Band. He played the caddy Nemo Brandt, even with a German accent, and he played it to the hilt! He dressed the part and even “grayed” his hair. His acting was fantastic! Also performing was Matt Martinez of Marco, who played the caddy Toten Klubs, and has appeared in a number of plays with the Marco Players. Matt is a sophomore at Lely High School and in the top of his class academically, plus an excellent athlete. Of course the food was exceptional, but then you never get less at Naples Lakes. Marco Island Kiwanis was well represented at this wonderful event.

A number of Marco people attended the Stars in the Arts luncheon presented by the United Arts Council. It was a very special event for me as well. Keith Dameron is always at events that feature the arts, and his presence was truly appreciated.

Have you noticed an increase in activity in the Collier Blvd./U.S. 41 E. corridor? The Copper Cove development on 951 near the driving range has been purchased by Lennar Homes and is moving forward, with homes being shown during a well attended open house. Good news for that section of town.

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