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From the Editor

Bests? We've Got More, More, More

And you thought we were done after the editors’ choices (p. 84) and readers poll (p. 92) on the Best of the Gulfshore? Well, no. We’ve got more, more, more:

Best Hat for the Best Reason

Yes, those Hats in the Garden are just splendid, but we can’t help but celebrate the head covering that graced the proceedings at the Florida Wine & Food Fest back in February. It was pass the hat time, mostly to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital, and guests dropped in $150,000 worth of support. Included items? Five four-year scholarships to three different universities and one attendee’s diamond and gold Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ring. A doff of the hat to local giving.

Best Excuse for Laughing All Night

The uproarious performance of Miracle on South Division Street at the Florida Repertory Theatre. This tale of a colorful working-class family in Buffalo, N.Y., started out funny and kept raising the level of hilarity right up to the final curtain. Great concept, great writing, great acting. We were still laughing about this weeks later.

Best Excuse to Keep Laughing Some More

Dave Barry’s latest novel, Insane City, about our neighbors in Miami. You’d think the goings on were beyond preposterous if you didn’t know that the title of the book is dead-on.

Best Muffin If You Like Size Along with Taste

It’s better to share the delicious Archer Farms cinnamon coffee cake muffin you can find at Super Target on Immokalee Road in Naples. But on second thought…

Best Move for a Mellow Commute

Livingston Road in Naples. While the cars whiz and veer and the roller derby ensues on I-75, you can mellow out with a pleasant ride along this less congested north-south road that extends into Bonita Springs (by then as Imperial Parkway).

Best Fried Chicken … Fast

Publix in the Strand has it hot and ready or can produce it on demand with the fixings included. The delicious pieces go down so nicely in all their crispy splendor.

Best Way to Jazz It Up

Savor the coolest big band beat as the Naples Jazz Orchestra revs it up at its themed concerts in Cambier Park. Guest stars like Doc Severinsen are a nice bonus.

—David Sendler


The Best Courts Around

NAPLES’ OWN JOANNE RUSSELL STARTED her tennis here and went global— winning six tournaments (two in singles, four in doubles) and ranking as high as 22nd in the world in singles on the women’s tennis circuit. Now retired and a teaching pro at Grey Oaks Tennis Club, she still swings a mean racket and shares with us her favorite courts to play on:

Quail West—“Oh, those eight perfectly manicured red clay courts. The setting is so beautiful you can’t help but play well there.”

Grey Oaks—“OK, I work here, but I have to say it has the best Monday night exhibition matches in town— along with great food and cool fans.”

Bonita Bay—“It’s got so many courts (18), teams and programs, and it has such great spirit of community and volunteerism. I love that its exhibition matches for Barbara’s Friends, for example, raised $300,000 dollars for kids with cancer.”

Cambier Park’s Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center—“Beautiful facility. And it’s the only place to play if you’re good. This is where the best come to compete. And it has the best free-standing backboard to practice on.”






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