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Taste of Collier 2018 Delights Your Naples Taste Buds

Food, glorious food. There’s nothing better than wonderful food prepared by talented chefs. Foodies rejoice! Tickle your taste buds at the Taste of Collier 2018 located at Bayfront Naples this Sunday, May 6th.

The Taste of Collier 2018 hits Bayfront Naples on May 6th. Sample various dishes prepared by talented local chefs and watch live demos.

What: Taste of Collier 2018
Where: Bayfront Naples (465 Bayfront Pl)
When: Sunday, May 6th, 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 per person (kids under 10 FREE), $10 for sheet of 10 Food & Beverage tickets
Contact: McQuaid Marketing & Promotions, Event Co-Ordinator (239) 331-7371

Taste of Collier 2018

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For over 30 years now, musicians and chefs gathered together to create the ultimate feast for the senses. The Taste of Collier 2018 promises to be the biggest gathering yet. Eighteen local restaurants agreed to participate in this year’s event. They include Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse, Pincher’s Crab Shack, Bonefish Grill, and EJ’s Bayfront Cafe among others. Enjoy live musical performances by Guy Smith and the Sarah Hadeka Band throughout the day. Don’t forget to visit the Chef’s Show Tent. A different local chef prepares a dish using only local ingredients each hour.

Ticket Info for the Taste of Collier 2018

General admission runs just $5 per person. Kids under the age of 10 get in absolutely FREE of charge. No money will be accepted on the event grounds. Instead, you must purchase food and beverage tickets. These tickets cost $1 each and can be purchased in sheets of 10 for $10. If you wish to sample a particular food or beverage item you see, simply provide the chef with the appropriate amount of tickets. Sampling costs vary per item sampled, costing anywhere from one to seven tickets each. You can purchase tickets online or at the event itself. But, remember, no other currency will be allowed once inside the gates.

Food for a Cause

In addition to serving amazing food, the Taste of Collier 2018 raises funds for local charities. Over its 34 year history, this event raised more than $1 million. Organizations such as the Red Cross, St Matthews House, READ of Southwest Florida, the Heil Luthringer Foundation, JROTC, and others benefitted from past Taste of Collier events. This year’s charity of choice is Meals of Hope, who pack meals for the Feeding America Food Bank Network. These meals are then passed out to low-income families and individuals in need.

Have you attended a Taste of Collier event in the past? What did you enjoy most about it? Do you have any tips for those attending the Taste of Collier for the very first time? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

If you love art, music, food, healthy living or any combination thereof, you’re going to want to make plans to be at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018. Over the course of the 20-day event, thousands of visitors choose from dozens of events all over the Naples area. Only the best of the best showcase their skills in this ultimate celebration of our Southwest Florida lifestyle.

Whether you enjoy fine art, live music, delicious food, or want to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 has something for you!

What: Naples Stay in May Festival 2018
When: April 23rd to May 12th
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples, FL
Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (239) 252-6292

Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

Art

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Visual artists from the Naples Art District set up installations around the Norris Gardens. The Norris Art District hosts several workshops at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 to help you find your inner artist. Cuba has had a tremendous influence in Southern Florida. “Havana Modern” author Michael Connors discusses what he found in his travels to this beautiful country at the Jett Thompson home. Who needs a pub crawl when you can take a gallery hop instead? Visit 32 different galleries featuring various artists at the Alive Alive event. You can’t think of the art deco movement without hearing the sounds of big band orchestras headed up by Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie or Glenn Miller, right? Big Band and Art Deco meet at Rose Auditorium. Three short film festivals are scheduled throughout the entire Stay in May event: April 29th, May 2nd, and May 6th. However, the May 2nd festival is already sold out. So, you’d better get your tickets now for the other two or you might miss out!

Music

Whether you enjoy rock, pop, classical/chamber music or jazz, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 features something you’ll enjoy. The Fifth Ave Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Boys, and Seraphic Fire perform classical music. The Bumper Jacksons offer country swing and street blues with a jazz twist. The Naples Zoo plays host to “One Night in Memphis” with their odes to the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and, of course, the king himself, Elvis Presley. And don’t miss the smooth jazz stylings of the William Noll Jazz Ensemble, Wycliffe Gordon or the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet.

Food

Now, you can’t have a Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 without food. Participants in four different high school culinary arts programs put their skills to the test for you at Venue Naples. Celebrity Chef Brian Roland (Crave Culinaire) hosts this can’t be missed event at Venue Naples.

Healthy Living

Finally, a healthy mind creates a healthy body. During the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018, take your first steps into meditation at the Awareness of Breath Workshop. Learn valuable tips about relieving the stress you might feel throughout your day at the Conquering Stress workshop. Finally, they say music soothes the savage beast. Find out how to utilize sound to treat what ails you at the Music as Mind Medicine class.

For a complete list of events as well as prices and tickets for each, please visit the Stay in May Festival website here. Some events require a ticket even if they are free. Take a moment to peruse the website and plan your time during the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show in the Park – Final Show of the Season

Residents of Naples embrace the artistic element inside us all. We encourage as well as celebrate creative expression. For one day each month from October to April, the Naples Artcrafters host a fine art show at Cambier Park. This Saturday marks the end of the 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show season. So, if you haven’t made it out to any of the previous shows, this is your last chance to see the work of dozens of local talent on display.

The final Naples Fine Art Show at Cambier Park for the 2017/2018 season takes place this Saturday, April 14th. Dozens of local artists showcase and sell their paintings, photographs, pottery, glass, woodwork, jewelry and more.

What: 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show
Where: Cambier Park (1 block south of 5th Ave S, Downtown Naples)
When: Saturday, April 14th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Artcrafters via email – gnnaples@embarqmail.com

2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show in the Park

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Sculptures. Photographs. Paintings. Pottery. Jewelry. It’s all here, on display, and available for sale at the final 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show at Cambier Park. With Mother’s Day coming up on May 13th, this event would be a great opportunity to pick up something special and unique for your mother or wife. Want to add to your current art collection at home? Interested in starting up a collection? Do you enjoy fine jewelry that you can’t get anywhere else? Peruse the booths set up by our local artists and artisans. Speak to the artists themselves. They’re always happy to discuss their work, including inspiration, where they got their materials, what they used to create it, etc.

Everyone gets into the Cambier Park 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show absolutely free of charge. Parking is free, too. You can park in the garage located next to Cambier Park for easy access to the event. Please leave pets at home…for their comfort as well as the comfort of those around you. We expect a beautiful, sunny day this Saturday in Naples, with highs in the upper 80’s. So dress appropriately.

Come out and support the arts. Bring the kids. You never know what might spark their creativity.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Marco Island Smart Home Features You Need to Install Right Now

Smart homes have gained popularity in the past couple of years. According to a 2016 Smart Homes Trend Study conducted by Houzz.com, 45% of homeowners say they plan on incorporating smart features into their renovation designs. The following Marco Island smart home features ranked highest in popularity among today’s buyers.

Climate control, security, and lighting top the list of the most popular Marco Island smart home features today's buyers are looking for.

Most Popular Marco Island Smart Home Features

Smart Thermostats

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When it comes to Marco Island smart home features, smart thermostats rank the highest in popularity. They’re relatively cheap and easy to install. You can pick them up at your local home improvement store. The Nest brand (both Thermostat E and Learning Thermostat) ranked #1 on several different tech lists. The Ecobee4 also ranked high among tech magazines. Unlike a regular programmable thermostat, smart thermostats actually learn from your day-to-day habits in order to maximize their efficiency. In turn, you save money in monthly utility expenses.

Smart Home Security Systems

Next, everyone wants their families to be safe, especially when it comes to their home. In fact, approximately 90% of today’s buyers want to purchase a home with a security system already installed. Burglars tend to pass by properties with visible security systems in place. Yesterday’s home security systems can’t compete with today’s smart technology. ADT Pulse Vivint Smart Home, and Adobe make the top of many “best of” lists.

Smart Lighting

Another one of the most popular Marco Island smart home features buyers look for is a smart lighting system. Many systems allow you to turn your lights on or off as well as dim the lights in multiple rooms all from an app on your phone. One of the highest rated systems on the market right now is the Lutron Caseta Wireless. Schedule your lights to come on at certain times while you’re on vacation. During the cold winter months, come home to a well lit home even after the sun goes down. This also helps deter burglars.

Investing in these three different Marco Island smart home features increases your marketability to today’s buyers. But, even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, they can make your life a little easier and your monthly expenses a little less. Plus, they give you peace of mind when you’re away. What more could any homeowner want?

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos