November 1, 2014

Thanks for Sail

I was perusing my latest issue of SuperYacht World, wondering if Roman Abramovich’s M/Y Eclipse is still for charter these days. Last I heard, the going rate was $2 million a week. A bit pricey, for sure. But really, could one expect any less of a nine-deck, 558-foot vessel with a 5,000-square-foot master suite, a submarine, a missile-detection system, bullet-proof windows and anti-paparazzi laser technology? Of course not.

Just kidding. I don’t actually subscribe to SuperYacht World. And alas, even if Eclipse were available for a quick Thanksgiving week getaway, I’ve already used up my $2 million discretionary fund for this month.

Still, I do have a yacht booked on Thanksgiving week. It’s a brand new full-moon sailing adventure around the Isles of Capri and Marco Island on the Thunderbird, a sleek, ocean-racing Condor-40 Trimaran. I’ll join Captains Otis Tavlin and Nancy Nalley, along with up to fi ve other passengers, to glide beneath the inky November sky lighted by the silvery Full Beaver Moon. The price: just $79 per person—champagne included—and I’m so thankful for the privilege.

AND YET MORE THANKS

Last Sunday night I was whining about a weekend of missed social opportunities because I had piles of work to finish. But then I remembered to be thankful that I actually have work. I grabbed my camera and headed to the beach to catch the last hour of sunlight and ran smack into a fl ock of white ibis in a frenzied banquet of minnows at the shoreline. It felt like a smack upside the head from the Thankful Fairy.

ARTS BIG IN NOVEMBER

So now I’m looking at the November calendar. Sometime, when we weren’t paying attention, November evolved into the artsy- est month of the year here on the Gulfshore, from really big BIG Arts up on Sanibel and Captiva and Creative Coast Weekends on Pine Island, to continuous visual and performing arts throughout Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and points south. This month is so juicy with oil paints, greasepaint and musical notes in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades that the United Arts Council dubbed it Celebrate the Arts Month.

See for yourself. Just throw a dart at November, and no matter where it sticks, there’s something particularly artful to do, see and be thankful for, every day this month. I tossed a few darts at the calendar myself, and here’s where they landed:

November starts on the red carpet at the Phil Nov. 1 with the Naples International Film Festival. naplesfilmfest.com.

On Nov. 9, be there for Dancing with the Stars for Literacy at Naples Beach Hotel, where some notable Neapolitans pair up with professional to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Collier County. (239) 262-4448; collierliteracy.org.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sugden Theatre, Naples Nov. 1-17. “A wickedly sexy reflection on jealousy, the breakdown of opulence and the costs of passion …” says the playbill. (239) 263-7990; naplesplayers.org.

For more wicked sex and steamy drama, follow that up with Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starting Nov. 11 at the Laboratory Theater in Fort Myers’ downtown historic district. (239) 218-0481; laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Have a secret fantasy to be a painter? Check out Wine and Dezine at The Von Liebig Art Center in Naples. Nov. 8 is the fi rst of these fun and colorful one-day monthly classes with local artist Ann Chaddock. (239) 262-6517; naplesart.org.

If those after-the-football-game drum line throwdowns get your adrenaline pumping, the Phil is defi nitely your place on November 12. DRUMLine, a showstopper of Motown, R&B and hot contemporary tunes, comes from the people who made the movie of the same name. Long-time Neapolitans remember that George Balanchine’s production of The Nutcracker had its world premiere here when the Phil was young, and this stunning performance by the Miami City Ballet and local dancers on Thanksgiving weekend is still the definitive event launching our winter season. (239)597-1900; thephil.org.

RESOURCES

Thanksgiving in the Park: Moorings
Presbyterian Church
(239) 261-1487

Guadalupe Center
guadalupecenter.org

United Arts Council
(239) 263-8242; uaccollier.com

BIG Arts
(239) 395-0900; bigarts.org

Lee County Alliance of the Arts
(239) 939-2787; artinlee.org

Creative Coast
(239) 283-0888;
floridascreativecoast.com

Thunderbird Sailing Charters of Naples
(239) 776-5757;
thunderbirdsailing.com