Monthly Archives: February 2019

Naples Artcrafters Fine Art Show 2019

Did you miss last weekend’s National Art Festival in Cambier Park? It was packed. Over 20,000 people made it their destination of choice throughout the two-day event. If you didn’t make it then or if you would like to see more, the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show 2019 takes place in two weeks.

You only have two more chances to enjoy the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show for the season in Cambier Park. This free event showcases the talents of dozens of local artists in one location. Support the arts. Make this a "must see" event for your friends and family.

What: Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show 2019
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: Saturday, March 9th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Bonny Hawley, Naples Artcrafters via email

Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show 2019

Between October and April, Naples Artcrafters hosts a fine art and craft show in Cambier Park. This allows local artists a place to showcase their talent. Most of the items you see are also available for purchase. These artists utilize a variety of mediums, such as acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, metal, glass, pottery, and much more. Even handmade goods like jewelry, scarves, hats, gloves, and coats can be found among the dozens of artist displays.

Naples Artcrafters Parking

All attendees of the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show 2019 park for free on a first come/first served basis. Parking is available in the public parking garage located adjacent to the park during show hours only.

The next and final show of the season takes place on April 13th. So, if you miss March’s show, you only have one more chance to catch this year’s artists at work. Miss it and you’ll be waiting six more months before Naples Artcrafters brings back their monthly shows at Cambier Park.

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

D-I-Y Projects That B-O-O-S-T Your Home’s Value

Does your Marco Island home need a makeover? Is your Naples property begging for an update? Thinking of putting your house on the market this year? You don’t have to spend your life’s savings to make your home appealing to potential buyers. Complete these simple, inexpensive DIY projects instead. The upside? Buyers might pay more for your home afterward.

Want to make a big impression without spending thousands of dollars. These DIY projects not only impress potential buyers, but they also increase your home's value.

D-I-Y Projects That B-O-O-S-T Your Home’s Value


Bathroom overhauls can get expensive. But, you can make a huge change using less money with these simple DIY projects. Tear out the old vanity and install a new one. Big box stores sell these for less than $200 each. Change out the sink. Rip out the old, outdated, large mirror above the vanity. Replace it with a smaller framed mirror instead. Even something as simple as installing a new shower head, towel bar, and toilet paper holder turns a “ho-hum” bathroom into a modern beauty.


Kitchens help sell a Naples home. So, making sure that it’s up to date makes a lot of sense. But, if you don’t want to spend a lot of cents, consider these inexpensive DIY projects. Dark, wooden cabinets are “out”. White cabinets are “in”. If your cabinets are in good shape, paint them. Add new hardware (knobs, pulls, handles). If the old faucet has seen better days, replace it with a newer pull-down option. You’d be shocked at what a transformation you can make for just a couple hundred dollars.


Are your fixtures so last century? One of the great DIY projects that increase your home’s value is replacing them. Doorknobs get dull, dingy, and even break from continued use. For just $10 to $20 each, you can install brand new ones. Another update that many homeowners don’t think of is to replace your outlets. With modern technology, we always seem to be in need of charging up our batteries (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc). But outlets may come at a premium in your household. Consider replacing the traditional outlet with one that includes a USB port or two. At $10 to $20 apiece, they make an awesome selling feature to today’s tech-savvy buyers. Instead of replacing every single one of your outlets, though, keep the cost down by installing one or two in the kitchen, living room, and each bedroom. These are the areas you would use them the most. And it still frees up the outlets for anything that needs a regular plug.


Finally, let’s talk lighting. Southwest Florida provides lots of natural light throughout the year. You want to let that light shine inside. A no-cost DIY project would be to just take down heavy drapes or add sheer fabric panels. Some light fixtures fade over time. If that has happened in your home, replace them. Double pane windows with a cracked seal may allow moisture inside. When this happens, mold and hard water deposits can create a film on the glass, making it difficult to see out of. Replace old windows with more energy efficient ones. This definitely adds value on several levels. New windows look better, they keep the elements outside of the house and they help lower your utility costs year-round.

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

Naples National Art Festival 2019

Henri Matisse reportedly once said “Creativity takes courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson declared “Every artist was first an amateur.” And, of course, Bob Ross famously stated on his PBS television show “We don’t make mistakes. Just happy little accidents.” Art is just as important as math and science to creating a world worth living in. Creativity should be nurtured and encouraged. You can do both when you attend the Naples National Art Festival 2019.

Dozens of talented artists from all over the country compete in the juried Naples National Art Festival 2019 at Cambier Park. Support their talents by visiting the festival.

What: Naples National Art Festival 2019
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: February 23rd, 10 am to 7 pm & February 24th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 per person donation suggested
Contact: Naples Art Association (239) 262-6517

Naples National Art Festival 2019

Literally, thousands of people visit Cambier Park each year for the Naples National Art Festival. As a juried art show, it attracts some of the finest artists from around the country. They vie for cash prizes in 18 different categories in a wide variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wood, and metal. The quality of work displayed here helped last year’s Naples National Art Festival rank in the top 25 of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Best Classic & Contemporary Art Shows. It also made the top 50 of’s America’s Best Art Fairs.

New for this year, the festival includes a live performance by the Blu-Tones on Saturday. In fact, Saturday’s hours have been extended specifically to bring their music to the public. This Naples-based band plays rock-n-roll hits from the ’50s to the ’70s, Elvis to The Eagles. You’re going to love them! Also, local favorites Artichoke and Co and Naples Smoked BBQ provide tasty treats for sale. When thirst hits, quench it with beverages from The Wine Store and Rip Tide Brewery.

Admission & Parking for Naples National Art Festival 2019

Technically, everyone is welcome to attend the 2019 Naples National Art Festival free of charge. However, organizers suggest a $5 per person donation at the gate. Money raised from the festival helps fund their educational art programs. So, every bit helps. Parking is provided free of charge in the designated parking spots in Cambier Park and along 5th Ave S.

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

Naples Chubb Classic 2019 Hits the Links at Lely

Golf has been a staple in America ever since it first came to our shores back in the mid-1700s. What was once considered a sport for the elite has become popular with the masses in recent decades. In fact, approximately 25 million Americans aim for par or better every year. In less than a week, PGA Tour Champions from all over the country hit the links at our beautiful Lely Resort when they compete in the Naples Chubb Classic 2019.

If you love golf and food, you're going to want to be at Lely Resort next weekend. In addition to the Naples Chubb Classic 2019, Lely also hosts the Taste of SW Florida event.

What: Chubb Classic 2019
Where: The Classics Country Club, Lely Resort (7989 Grand Lely Dr, Naples, FL)
When: February 11-17
General Admission: $15 per day/$30 per week (Feb 13th to 17th)
Contact: Chubb Classic Tournament Office (239) 593-3900

Naples Chubb Classic 2019

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Some of the best of the best players in the world compete in the Naples Chubb Classic 2019. Designed by Gary Player, the winner of the very first Chubb Classic back in 1988, the par 72 course highlights all the natural beauty found in Southwest Florida. This year’s line-up includes Joe Durant, Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin, John Daly, and many others. More and more players will be added as the tournament approaches.

The Naples Chubb Classic 2019 tournament play is only one aspect of this multi-day event. You won’t want to miss the First Tee Champions Challenge or the Subway Family Putt for Dough. And, of course, foodies will love the Taste of SW Florida event on the 15th and 16th.

Taste of SW Florida 2019

That’s right! In addition to the tournament, Lely Resort hosts the Taste of SW Florida 2019 event. Some of the most talented chefs from the best local restaurants serve up a sample menu unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere. Also available to all guests ages 21 or older will be a selection of craft beers, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Tickets cost just $40 each and are available for Friday or Saturday only.

Tickets for Naples Chubb Classic 2019

The tournament opens up to the public February 13th to February 17th. General admission tickets for the Naples Chubb Classic 2019 cost $15 per day or $30 for the entire week. Parking costs just $5 per vehicle per day or $20 per vehicle for the week. For a true VIP experience, pay $150 per day for the Friday, Saturday or Sunday Legends Lounge. Guests watch over the 18 green from a private open-air suite. A full buffet, bar and private restrooms help make your Naples Chubb Classic 2019 experience as comfortable as possible. To purchase your tickets now, please visit the Chubb Classic online box office here. Legends Lounge tickets are sold on a first come/first served basis and are limited in number. So, you need to hurry before they’re all gone!

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