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THE Nancies 2022


IT’S been a strange few years. Like you, I was so glad to see theaters and galleries and museums begin to reopen. I’ve missed you. I’m so glad you’re back. And now that there’s been a season to comment on, here is this year’s Nancies, my irreverent, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, totally idiosyncratic awards. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write You […]

Broadway Palm announces 30th anniversary season

Broadway Palm has announced its 30th anniversary season which includes eight main stage productions, five productions in the Off Broadway Palm, four children’s theater productions (TBA) and five concerts. Individual tickets will go on sale on June 15. “Thirty years ago, my family and I dreamed of opening our largest dinner theatre ever and set our sights on Southwest Florida,” […]

The Birds: A Parody opens June 3 at The Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida will present the world premiere of The Birds: A Parody from June 3 to July 2. This laugh-out-loud parody features heroes battling evil birds with plans to terrorize humans based on the classic Hitchcock film. Wealthy San Francisco socialite Melanie Daniels pursues potential suitor Mitch Brenner to a quaint seaside town where all manner of […]

Spring Celebration with GO Divas coming this week

Gulfshore Opera’s regionally based women’s ensemble, the GO Divas, are now in their third season. This sought-after group will perform two spring concerts on May 19 in Punta Gorda and Sunday, May 22, in Naples, featuring rich harmonies, with piano accompaniment. Audiences will hear familiar music ranging from Mozart to the Beatles. Popular, upbeat melodies are interspersed with beautiful, classical […]

Crossword 5/19/2022


Sudoku 5/19/2022


TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before charging into a confrontation, let an unbiased colleague do some fact-checking. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a relationship still seems to be moving too slowly to suit your expectations, it’s best not to push it. Let it […]

Lovely shades of spring in pink and green


I love when a column of mine elicits a response from readers. So it goes with Janet Ratner. You may remember that a couple of times last year, Ms. Ratner shared with us some of her collections — 1930s Shirley Temple glassware and textiles made with tobacco silks. She shares another tale of collecting, this time Depression-era glassware, which casts […]

Famous hand


The scene was the 1947 Vanderbilt team championship. It was the last hand of the 36-board semifinal round match, and Dick Frey (South) had left with his team ahead after the 35th board to catch the 1:15 a.m. train for home. Jigger Dornbusch, a reserve member of the team, took Frey’s place for the final deal. Dornbusch was unaware that […]

Estero Historical Society exhibit honors the legacy of Mimi Straub

There are people who without achieving fame for themselves manage to accomplish many things on behalf of their community. The community of Estero can look to the legacy of Mimi Straub for just such accomplishments. The Estero Historical Society has opened a special exhibit, which will run through July 2 and be open to the public every Saturday from 1–4 […]

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