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October Calendar


Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. An exhibition of works by Clive King, whose contemporary drawings are held in numerous private and public art collections in Britain, the United States and Europe, is on display through Oct. 9. 489-9313.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Women Call for Peace features 15 artists who have come together in support of nonviolent conflict resolution and opens with a reception Oct. 1 from 6–8 p.m. The exhibition remains on display through Dec. 4. 495-8989.

Fort Myers Art Walk. Visit more than a dozen art stops with new exhibits, a one-act play and live music on the first Friday of every month from 6–10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The second annual Family and Friends of the Estuary exhibit, themed “What Does the Gulf Mean to Me?”, continues all this month in the center’s renovated art gallery. 417-6310.

Underground Art Wednesday. Visit five independent artists’ studios and see the artists at work, Oct. 6 from 6–9 p.m. at Pine Ridge Industrial Park. 821-1061.

The von Liebig Art Center. Catch National Art Encounter 2010, a juried awards exhibition highlighting recent work in installation, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and more, through Oct. 30. 262-6517.


B.B. King. The 15-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist comes to the Phil on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The NPO performs Halloween Spook-tacular!, in which NPO members perform in costume, Oct. 30; Bach ‘n’ Rock, Oct. 3 and 5; The Composer Is Dead, a collaboration between bestselling children’s book author Lemony Snicket and acclaimed composer Nathaniel Stookey, Oct. 10; Symphonic Dances, featuring more than 200 years of dance music, Oct. 16; Baroque Variations, part of the Sypert Salon Series, Oct. 17; and The Music of The Eagles, Oct. 23. 597-1900.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Enjoy bluegrass and acoustic music Oct. 20 from 7–10 p.m. at the Norris Center. 287-2035.

Rain—A Tribute to the Beatles. A multimedia repertoire of nearly 200 Beatles favorites, Oct. 6–7 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season Opening kicks off with a pre-concert event at 6 p.m., followed by MasterWorks No. 1 at 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 418-1500.

Styx. The band performs both of its albums in their entirety as The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight tour comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Oct. 22. 481-4849.


I Do! I Do! The Naples Players presents a musical spanning 50 years of marriage, Oct. 6–30 at the Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.

Live at the Promenade! THEY Improv provides an evening of comedic murder mystery in Nacho Game Show Murder, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.

Noises Off. A revival of the Florida Repertory Theatre’s inaugural production, which follows the exploits of a hapless theater troupe, opens Oct. 26 at the historic Arcade Theatre in Fort Myers’ River District. 332-4488.

Regrets Only. A comedy about modern marriage by Paul Rudnick opens Oct. 27 and continues through Nov. 20 at the Sugden Community Theatre’s Tobye Studio. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.

Tuesdays with Morrie. The theatrical incarnation of the beloved bestseller by Mitch Albom opens Gulfshore Playhouse’s mainstage season with a preview performance Oct. 28 and remains onstage through Nov. 21 at the Norris Center. (866) 811-4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.


Boo at the Zoo. Kids can celebrate Halloween in the company of the animals with trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, Oct. 24 at the Naples Zoo. 262-5409.

Boo Bash. The Imaginarium in Fort Myers hosts this Halloween event for kids with shows, music, face painting, hands-on activities and a costume contest with prizes, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 321-7420.

KidzRaku2. An afternoon of pottery glazing, firing and socializing for children seven years and older, Oct. 23 from 1–4 p.m. at Rosen Gallery & Studios in Naples. Reservations requested, 821-1061.

Spooky Science Day. Children in costume receive free admission to Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center for presentations and crafts with a Halloween theme, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 417-6310.


Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. Paint and enjoy wine and pizza at Alla Prima, Alla Fun, Oct. 7 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Also, view artists as they create in their studio spaces Oct. 28 from 5–7 p.m. 495-8989.

Evening on Fifth. Live bands play along Fifth Avenue South, Oct. 14 from 7–10:30 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 21.) 435-3742.

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest. The fifth annual event features family-friendly activities including a treasure hunt, costume contests, roving musicians, street performers, stage shows and interactive games Oct. 8–10 on Old San Carlos Boulevard. Proceeds benefit the Florida Lions Camp. (727) 322-5217.

Marissa Collections. Stop by the store on Third Street South for a Cellcosmet Radiant Beauty facial, Oct. 4–5; a Rockhouse jewelry show featuring Federica Rettore and Mattia Cielo, Oct. 14–16; an Oscar de la Renta resort trunk show, Oct. 21–22; Hats Extravaganza 2010 trunk show featuring the Patricia Underwood collection and other fine millinery, Oct. 21–23; and a Third Street South sidewalk sale, Oct. 28–30. 263-4333.

Saks Fifth Avenue. The Waterside Shops location hosts several makeup artists, spa events and trunk shows throughout the month. For dates and details, call 592-5900.

Taste of Coconut Point. Sample an assortment of food from 20 popular Coconut Point restaurants Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Simon Youth Foundation. 992-9966 

Third Thursday on Third. Live music and other festivities on Third Street South on the third Thursday of the month. 434-6533.

Walk Through the Arts. A campus-wide event at Alliance for the Arts showcases local art organizations, theaters, galleries, museums, artists and art schools, Oct. 30. 939-2787.


Calusa Blueway Padding Festival. Join in the canoe and kayak races, paddling clinics and other activities along the Gulf coast, Oct. 29 to Nov. 7. www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com.

“Ding” Darling Days. Sanibel’s premier birding festival and eco-event, which celebrates the birthday of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s namesake, the conservationist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist. Oct. 17–23. 472-1100.

Free Guided Walks. Join a walk on the topic of bird patrol, Oct. 9 at Bunche Beach Preserve; low tide loafing at sunset, Oct. 21 at Bunche Beach Preserve; or exploring ethnobotany, Oct. 27 at Matanzas Pass Preserve. To register, call 533-7440.

Rookery Bay. Two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels take place from 9–11 a.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 30. 417-6310.

Swamp Buggy Races. The Budweiser Fall Classic is Oct. 31 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Florida Sports Park. Tickets are available online at www.swampbuggy.com.


Adult Art Classes. Beginning and advanced classes in pottery, painting, photography, glass and more begin Oct. 4 at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. A full course catalog is available at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Lifelong Learning. The Phil’s adult education programs explore music, dance, photography, theater, food and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.thephil.org or call 597-1900.

Lunch & Learn Lecture. Rookery Bay’s monthly environmental series is Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. 417-6310.

Studio Art Classes for Adults. Four-week classes in a variety of media for beginner, intermediate and advanced artists begin Oct. 18 at The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.

All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

Submit events for this calendar to jenniferf@gulfshorelife.com.

Color Trends? Go Figure.

For 40 years, gulfshore life has kept its finger on the pulse of interior décor style here along the Gulfshore. One of our earliest “At Home” features (March 1973) showcased the lovely waterfront residence of Willard V. (Bill) and Gay Merrihue, key movers and shakers behind the growth of the Collier County Audubon Society and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Their home was warmed, as our editors described it, by “the combination of understated hues spiked with an occasional splash of brilliant color.” The carpeting was beige and white (shag, of course); the furniture upholstered in summery greens and yellows.

Fast-forward 20 years to 1993. Color has virtually disappeared from Gulfshore interiors. Bright hues are out; cream, beige, tan, buff and ivory are in.

Now, two more decades have passed. Open the spring 2010 interior design advertising section in Gulfshore Life’s April issue, and what do we see? Bay Design says “gray is the new beige.” Designers are showing walls and fabrics in pristine white; fabrics in soft sea tones of green and blue. Rich cranberry reds are making bold statements in fabrics, accent pieces … even whole walls. An ad by Summerfields showcases buttery yellow.

Wouldn’t Gay Merrihue just love it!

—Nathalie Lecoeur

Volume 40/Number 10, October 2010, Gulfshore Life (ISSN 0745-0079) is published monthly by Gulfshore Media, LLC, 3560 Kraft Road, Suite 301, Naples, FL 34105. Subscription price is $19.95 U.S. per year; Canada $39.95 U.S. funds per year; International $49.95 U.S. funds per year. For customer service inquiries, subscription inquiries or to change your address by providing both the old and new addresses, contact: Subscription Department, Gulfshore Life, 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota, FL 34236. Telephone (941) 487-1100 or (800) 881-2394, ext. 1136, Fax (941) 365-7272. Periodicals postage paid at Naples, Florida, and at additional mailing offices. Copyright 2010 by Gulfshore Media, LLC, Library of Congress Card No. 8538973. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts without return postage will not be returned. DISCLAIMER: Advertisements in the publication do not constitute an offer for sale in states where prohibited or restricted by law. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Gulfshore Life, 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota, FL 34236.

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