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Home Projects That Require a Professional

DIY rules the airwaves, internet, and social media. Places like Pinterest, YouTube, and HGTV make it feel super easy to tackle just about any project yourself. However, this may work to your detriment in some cases. That includes these home projects that definitely require a professional.

Some home projects can be tackled by motivated DIY'ers. However, others require a professional touch. Know which ones you can tackle alone and which ones you should hire a pro for instead.

When NOT to DIY Your Home Projects

Garage Door

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A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how replacing your garage door provides the best return on investment. Also, it increases your curb appeal. However, one of the home projects you should leave to the professionals is any replacement or repair needed on your garage door. It requires special tools that you may not own. That means renting them. This increases your cost. Also, if you aren’t savvy with the specific workings of a garage door unit, you would be better off hiring someone who does possess those skills.

Electrical Systems

Unless you happen to be a journeyman electrician, I suggest leaving any electrical work up to the pros. Upgrading your electrical panel and installing additional exterior light fixtures should never be considered DIY home projects. If installed improperly, they could become a fire hazard down the road.

Plumbing

Same thing goes for plumbing home projects. Unclogging a toilet or changing out a shower head requires little working knowledge of plumbing systems. However, installing a bathtub, replacing the toilet or moving the sink from one wall to another in the kitchen should be left to the pros. Otherwise, you may end up with leaks which leads to mold. In turn, that could become a major issue in a short amount of time.

Demo

Many homeowners love an open floor plan. Older homes feel so cut off from room to room. Just knock down a wall or two to achieve that open concept you desire, right? Hold on. There’s more to demolition that a pair of goggles and a sledgehammer. Watch out for load-bearing walls and interior electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems. Older homes used asbestos in construction materials and lead in the paint. These require special removal techniques performed by licensed professionals. Also, mold may be an issue. Therefore, hire a pro.

Tree Removal

It may sound like a simple task. Get rid of that old tree threatening your Naples home. But, one wrong move and it could unleash thousands of dollars in damage to your property. Then, there’s the neighbor’s property, cars, and nearby powerlines to worry about. For home projects like this, contact a professional service to get the job done right and safely.

Crown Molding

Crown molding creates a luxurious finishing touch to just about any room. It’s also another deceptively more involved home project than you would initially think. Walls rarely fit into a perfect 90-degree angle. The pros utilize special tools as well as tricks that come from their years of experience to fit the crown molding perfectly. Poorly installed crown molding provides less than desirable results.

Roof Repair/Replacement

First, replacing a roof requires getting up onto said roof. That, in and of itself, offers potential physical dangers to your body (falling off/through, for example). Second, consider the potential for thousands of dollars in damage if the roof is not installed properly. These are things that could also show up on a home inspection when you try to sell your Naples or Marco Island home. Contact several different local roofing companies. Get references. Then, ask for proof of insurance before you hire one.

Major Changes

Finally, don’t make any major structural changes to your property yourself. Home projects like a room addition, major kitchen or bathroom renovation, deck, etc. usually require permits from the city first. In turn, the city requires this work to be performed by licensed professionals. If not properly constructed, you run the risk of a structural failure somewhere down the road. Even if it happens after you sell your home, you may still be held personally responsible if you did not hire a professional to perform these tasks.

That being said, some upgrades/renovations actually can be performed by non-professionals. They also make your property stand out when it comes time to sell. However, when it comes to more intense home projects, leave those up to the pros.

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

Father’s Day Fishing at Naples Botanical Garden

Does your dad like to fish? Have you planned something for Father’s Day yet? Still looking for ideas? You’d better hurry. We celebrate our dads this Sunday, June 16th. If you want something he’ll always remember, take him to the Father’s Day Fishing event at Naples Botanical Garden this weekend.

How do you plan on showing your dad how much you love him this weekend? Take him Father's Day fishing at Naples Botanical Garden. Dads and granddads get in free on the 16th.

What: Father’s Day Fishing
Where: Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Dr)
When: June 15 & 16, 2019, 9 am to 2 pm
Admission: Included with the price of admission
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275

Father’s Day Fishing at Naples Botanical Garden

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The Windstar Fishing Club provides bait and tackle for anyone who wants to fish at Naples Botanical Garden this weekend. You just bring your pole, some sunscreen, and your dad, granddad or both. Catch and release to your heart’s content while listening to dad’s whale tales of “the one that got away”.

While You’re at the Garden…

Before you drop a line into the water, grab some brunch at Fogg Cafe. After you’re done fishing, the Berger Shop for souvenirs. Pick up one of their Grab ‘n Go selections if you built up an appetite from fishing all day. Then, visit the Mally Khorasantchi exhibit in Kapnick Hall. Learn about gardening at the Dig Deeper interactive exhibit. On Sunday, Irish musicians The Band Trinity play live in Kapnick Hall from 12 pm to 2 pm. And, of course, WONDER (Walk, Observe, Navigate, Draw, Explore) your way through the garden’s grounds. All of this comes included with the price of admission.

Ticket Info

Father’s Day fishing comes included in the price of admission. Both fathers and grandfathers get in free on Sunday, June 16th. All others pay $19.95 per adult for general admission. Kids ages 4 to 14 cost $9.95 each. Children ages three and under enter free of charge. Save yourself some time in line. Pre-purchase your tickets online at the Naples Botanical Garden box office.

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

Driveway Improvements That Increase Your Curb Appeal

Does your property need a little pick-me-up? In the past few weeks, I’ve discussed several DIY projects that help boost your home’s value. I even talked about landscaping your home to encourage our Monarch butterfly population here in Florida. But you should also pay attention to your driveway. Stains and cracks do not impress potential buyers. In fact, they could stop buyers in their tracks. If your exterior needs a bit of help, try these driveway improvements that will most definitely increase your curb appeal and bring buyers to your door.

Want to increase your curb appeal? Consider these driveway improvements when renovating your Naples home.

Driveway Improvements That Increase Your Curb Appeal

Stamped Asphalt or Concrete

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An interesting trend in driveway improvements recently is stamped asphalt of concrete. Homeowners choose from an outline of stamped design or something as intricate as an all-over stamped process. In fact, instead of adding brick to your entire driveway, you could choose to stamp and tint asphalt to that it gives the appearance of brick. This offers all the benefits of highly durable asphalt without the expense involved in laying individual bricks along your entire driveway.

Colored Concrete

Another one of the more inexpensive yet beautiful driveway improvements a Naples homeowner could make is to use pigment to color. It comes in a wide variety of colors to choose from. Therefore, instead of a boring grey driveway, you get to decide what color fits in best with your home’s design.

Permeable Pavers

In a wet area such as ours, you know what it’s like when it rains. Puddles everywhere, including the driveway. And if your driveway offers any kind of decline whatsoever, water puddles at the bottom to create a moat you must traverse whenever you leave or come back. One solution to this issue is permeable pavers. Instead of a completely smooth surface, you use open pavers that allow grass to grow in between. It does require some maintenance, but that simply means running your lawnmower over the driveway when you mow the rest of your grass. Other positives? Cracks are no longer a major problem and it is cheaper than many other solutions since you use less material.

Tar-and-Chip

The tar-and-chip method (aka “Macadam”) offers amazing results for driveway improvements without a huge expense that other options may present. This driveway starts with a gravel base. Then, asphalt gets poured over the top, creating a “speckled” appearance. This type of driveway provides a long-lasting, durable surface that is less susceptible to cracking.

Gravel

Finally, when considering any driveway improvements for your Naples home, consider gravel. It’s cheaper than concrete ($0.50 per square foot instead of $4.99 per square foot). Also, it holds up to any shifting underneath. So, cracking is never a concern. And it’s highly durable.

Replace Your Garage Door

OK. So, this isn’t a driveway improvement. But, replacing your garage door not only increases your curb appeal, but it offers one of the best ROI (return on investment) for any home improvement project. And a garage door lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. You don’t need to fear depreciation if you decide to sell in the next few years.

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

Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019

With the Gulf of Mexico right in our backyard and the warm waters of the keys located just a short distance to the south, fresh seafood abounds in many Southern Florida restaurants. But our talented local chefs prepare more delicious delights than just seafood. And during the Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019, you can taste their creations at a discounted price.

Local chefs in Naples, Marco Island and nearby cities put together prix-fixe brunch and/or dinner menus for Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019.

What: Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019
Where: Various restaurants around Southwest Florida
When: May 30th to June 12th, 2019
Contact: Summer Sizzle website

Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019

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Local Naples and Marco Island chefs join Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019 from May 30th to June 12th. So, it really should be called restaurant weeks. Several restaurants in nearby Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Estero/Bonita also join the ticket for these 15 days of mouthwatering culinary masterpieces. In fact, several of the restaurants that Naples Daily News’ own food critic, Jean Le Beouf named as THE top Naples restaurants for 2019 partner up for Summer Sizzle.

Each participating restaurant puts together their own prix-fixe brunch and/or dinner menus created specifically for Summer Sizzle. All you need to do to participate is to visit the list of restaurants, pick which one you want to go to, and give them a call. While reservations aren’t always required, they are highly recommended. This tends to be a pretty busy time. Click on the menu link next to the restaurant’s name to see what’s available on the prix-fixe menu before you go. And make sure you specifically request the prix-fixe menu when ordering from your server.

Sizzle SWFL Scholarship Program

When you order one of the prix-fixe menus during Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2019, $1 will be donated to the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. This scholarship award goes to students attending the Florida Gulf Coast University’s Resort & Hospitality Program. Between the two restaurant week events hosted throughout the year, over 60,000 meals are served. That helps several local students with their education. The Catch of the Pelican in Naples and Artisan Eatery in Fort Myers both pledged to donate more than $1 per meal served. So, show them some extra love when deciding where to eat. Bon appétit!

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

Naples Botanical Garden Offers Free Admission for Veterans & Active Military

Memorial Day takes place in exactly one week from today. If you’re unsure where to go for Memorial Day weekend, might I make a suggestion? Naples Botanical Garden is full of blooming flowers right now. And, this weekend only, they offer free admission for all veterans and active military (with valid ID).

All retired military as well as active military and up to 5 of their family members receive free admission to the Naples Botanical Garden over Memorial Day weekend.

What: Naples Botanical Garden Memorial Day Appreciation Weekend
Where: Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore)
When: May 25th to 27th, 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE for active & retired military members (with valid ID)
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275 or via email

Naples Botanical Garden Honors Our Military

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The garden offers several fun programs for all visitors this weekend. Dig Deeper offers sage advice for spending thyme in your own garden. Get out of the humid weather and take a walk through the Art of Mally Khorasantchi in Kapnick Hall. Or W.O.N.D.E.R. around the garden to find out what you can do to help Mother Earth thrive. Create wonderful works of art with recycled items. Learn more about recycling and reusing materials in your everyday life to keep them out of our landfills. There’s more life left in many objects than you might think.

Tickets cost $19.95 per adult (ages 15 & up). Kids cost $9.95 each (ages 4-14). Children ages three and under get in absolutely free. And, for Memorial Day weekend (May 25th to 27th), all active and retired military members get in absolutely free as well. Military members must show their ID to receive the discount. Tickets can be purchased online or at the garden’s box office.

Thanks to Blue Star Museums, active military and up to five of their families receive free admission any day through September 2nd. For more information about the Blue Star Museums program as well as what ID you’ll need in order to qualify, please visit the Blue Star Museums website here.

Marco Island Memorial Day Ceremony

The nearest Memorial Day parade occurs in Cape Coral on May 27th. However, that doesn’t mean that our vets are forgotten here in the Naples/Marco Island area. A special ceremony honoring our dearly departed heroes takes place from 11 am to noon on Monday, May 27th, at Veterans’ Community Park (901 Park Ave) in Marco Island. Organizers invite the public to pay homage to those we lost in battle over the years.

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

Landscaping for the Monarch Butterfly Population in Florida

For years, experts believed that nearly all of the monarch butterfly population in Northern America wintered in the warmer climate of Mexico. However, recent studies revealed that much of the eastern North American population actually stayed in Southern Florida during winter months. Plan on updating your Naples home’s landscaping soon? Consider planting these monarch-friendly plants to help our local population thrive.

If you're thinking about adding new landscaping to your Naples or Marco Island home this year, consider plants that help the Monarch butterfly population in Southern Florida.

How to Help the Monarch Butterfly Population in Southern Florida

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One of the best ways to help the Southern Florida Monarch butterfly population is to plant milkweed around your home. Monarchs lay their eggs in milkwood plants so that their larvae have a rich food source directly at the ready once they hatch. But not all milkweeds are created equal. The best thing to do is to include plants native to Southern Florida. Mix it up between plants that help the larvae population and nectar plants for adult Monarchs to drink from. As an added bonus, the nectar plants also entice hummingbirds to come to your garden.

Native Plants for Monarch Butterfly Larvae

  • Butterfly Weed
  • Curtiss’ Milkweed
  • Fewflower Milkweed
  • Green Antelopehorn
  • Longleaf Milkweed
  • Savannah Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • White Vine
  • Whorled Milkweed

Native Nectar Plants for Monarch Butterflies

  • Blazing Star
  • Cat’s Tongue
  • Climbing Aster
  • Crownbeard
  • False-Blazing Star
  • Flat-Topped Goldenrod
  • Goldenrod
  • Hempvine
  • Mist Flower
  • Scorpiontail
  • Spanish Needles
  • Yellow Top

Talk to your local nursery to find out which plants would work best in your Naples or Marco Island yard to encourage our Monarch butterfly population. Ask them about proper care for those plants as well. With a little careful planning, you’ll have butterflies and hummingbirds visiting your backyard on a regular basis.

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

Naples Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Underway Now

The Naples sea turtle nesting season officially started on May 1st. However, some people spotted evidence of nesting as early as April 22nd. During nesting season, sea turtles come up onto the beach, seeking shelter in the vegetation growing there. That’s where they lay their eggs. So, we should start seeing the hatchlings searching for their way back to the sea starting sometime in June. To keep this beautiful part of the eco-system safe, here are a few things you can do to help.

The Naples sea turtle nesting season is upon us. Between now and Oct 31st, we may see turtles and hatchlings traversing the beaches around sunset. Follow these simple rules to ensure their safety during this time.

Naples Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Lights Endanger Turtles

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Mama sea turtles and their babies travel our beaches at night. They use the light reflecting off the water to find their way back and forth. Streetlights, flashlights, and even camera/cell phone lights confuse them. This could endanger their lives by sending them off in the wrong direction, towards vehicle traffic that may kill them. Therefore, keep lights away from the beach.

When at the beach at night, turn off any light sources (lanterns, flash photography, flashlights, etc.). Use only long wavelength lamps/amber LED lights when needed. Shield them and keep them shining directly onto the ground in front of you. Lower your blinds that face the beach side of your Naples home. Keep light sources away from any window that faces the beach. Turn off exterior lights on your house, including porch lights, landscaping lights (solar, too), and any decorative lighting. We don’t want to confuse the hatchlings or their mamas.

Clean Up After Yourself

This makes sense anytime you visit a Naples or Marco Island beach. But, it’s especially true during the Naples sea turtle nesting season. Pack up all your beach chairs, towels, coolers, bags, umbrellas and trash when you leave. Fill in any holes you may have dug or that cropped up from your beach chairs. We need to leave a clear pathway for the turtles to travel.

Leave Them Be

If you’re lucky enough to see the turtles coming and going along the beach, stay back. Give them plenty of room to roam. Bright lights, loud noises, and even simply walking up to them could cause female sea turtles to turn around and abandon their nests. Also, let the turtles return back to the sea on their own.

If you come across a nest, leave it alone. Any eggs that have been handled by a human or moved from one place to another may harm the hatching process. It could even kill the hatchlings before they’re born. Even if you think you’re helping by moving the nests to what you feel is a more secure location, don’t. And leave all beach vegetation alone. Female sea turtles use this to protect their nests. If you trim it, it could leave the nests vulnerable to the elements.

Between now and early summer, Naples sea turtle nesting season is in full swing. After that, we’ll be seeing hatchlings returning to the ocean all the way through the end of October. Please be aware of these amazing creatures as they traverse our beaches over the next few months. We want to keep them safe on their journey so that they live nice long lives.

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

Lower Energy Costs Before the Summer Heat Hits

It may only be the end of April, but summer’s a’comin’. And with that comes higher energy bills. But you can combat that right now. Lower energy costs before the summer heat hits by performing a few DIY tasks right now.

Lower energy costs in your Marco Island/Naples home before the summer heat hits by performing these simple DIY tasks right now.

How to Lower Energy Costs Right Now

Window Coverings

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Uncovered windows allow the sun’s rays to heat up the inside of your home. They also allow cooler inside air to escape through small cracks or holes. Because of this, you may end up spending up to 25% more in energy costs. Adding something as simple as thicker draperies that completely cover your windows help lower energy costs . And all you need is a screwdriver, a step stool, a good piece of fabric, and a level to make it happen.

Replace Worn Out Caulking/Weatherstripping

Do you feel a slight breeze when you stand near your window? It might be due to worn out, dry, cracked caulking. For just $2, you can purchase interior window caulking at your local home improvement store. Make sure the caulking is a good quality one and can be painted. Don’t use any caulking meant for exterior use. It must be interior use only. Pipe a bead of it around the window where the trim meets the wall and between the trim and the frame. Weatherstripping works well for window joints. If you have any questions, talk to the expert at your home improvement store. It’s very simple to install caulking and weatherstripping. Even a novice should have no problem.

Clean Your Sills

It might sound silly but a simple cleaning of your window sills may be enough to stop a small air leak and lower energy costs. How? Dirt buildup prevents windows from sealing properly. Thus, air leaks occur. When that happens, it costs more to cool off the interior of your home. Just use soap and water to clean out the sill. For stuck-on grime, a scrubber or old toothbrush should loosen it up enough to wipe away. Don’t forget the tracks in your sliding glass doors, too. This task is so simple that you might even be able to let the kids help you with it. And it costs nothing if you already have the soap and scrubber on hand.

Add a Door Sweep

Another area where a house loses energy is through the exterior doors. Stand in your interior entryway and look at your front door during the day. Do you see daylight streaming through? Then you’re losing energy. One way to stop this from happening is to add a door sweep to the bottom of the door. They create a seal that prevents hot air from coming in and cool air from exiting. The result? Lower energy costs. Some door sweeps install without any hardware whatsoever. Others you’ll need to screw into the door frame. Costs run around $10 to $20 each and take minutes to install.

Inspect Your Air Ducts

Finally, lower energy costs by taking a look at your air ducts. You should be able to see them in your crawl space, attic, unfinished basement area and/or garage. Look for any visible holes or tears. Contrary to what its name implies, forget about using duct tape. Instead, opt for mastic or foil tape. A roll will only set you back about $10 to $15 and can be found at any home improvement store. All you’ll need to complete the task once you purchase your tape is a flashlight.

Before temperatures begin to soar, lower energy costs by completing these simple DIY tasks right now. They don’t take a lot of skill, money or time either. Anybody can do these and you’ll save some money in the process.

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

Naples Food Angels Seeks Volunteers Now

According to NoKidHungry.org, almost 40 million people in the United States experienced food insecurity in 2017. Children make up more than 13 million of that total. While it may be hard for many people to believe, thousands of these people reside right here in the Naples area. Places like Naples Food Angels help this underserved part of society every single week. But they could use your help in collecting, organizing, and distributing the food that passes through their facility each week. They need volunteers right now.

If you need to fulfill a community service requirement or just want to help out a great cause, volunteer for the Naples Food Angels right now. They could use your help.

What Do Naples Food Angels Do?

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During the week, Naples Food Angels visits local grocery stores to pick up almost expired foodstuffs (canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, etc). They bring it back to The Current Community Center located at 13510 Tamiami Trail North #4 in Naples. There, they sort all items out into appropriate sections.

On Saturdays, they open up their facility to the public from 10:30 am to 12 pm. All visitors shop to their heart’s content, no questions asked. No money ever changes hands either. After that, they take to the streets and bring the mobile pantry to those in need and without transportation. Every Wednesday evening, they cook up and serve a hot meal to the community as well as pass out food to take home.

Naples Food Angels Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to become a Naples Food Angels volunteer? They need people to help with picking up retail rescue food every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. They also need assistance with unloading vehicles, organizing food, and placing it on the shelves at The Current on those same days. Every Wednesday, volunteers pack up filling station backs for homeless school-aged children and deliver those bags to two local Naples area schools. They could use your help in preparing and serving meals every Wednesday as well as passing out or assisting clients with their food selections on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (10:30 am to 12 pm).

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact Naples Food Angels at (239) 298-9506 or send them an email letting them know you’d like to offer up your time. Volunteer service always looks great on college applications. You can also use this opportunity to fulfill your court-ordered community service requirement if needed. Simply bring any necessary forms from your school, the court, or a civic organization (such as Boy/Girl Scouts). Give them to the people in charge before you start your “shift”.

If you can’t volunteer your time, Naples Food Angels also accept donations. Food items and toiletries can be dropped off at The Current on Saturday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 pm or Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Or, you can donate money online at any time. With this money, the angels purchase more foodstuffs for the pantry. Together, we can help end hunger in our community.

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

StayinMay Festival 2019 in Naples is Bigger and Better Than Ever

One of the biggest and most diverse events in Southwest Florida straddles April and May every single year. And this year’s StayinMay Festival appears to be even bigger and better than ever before. So, if you plan on staying in the Naples area anytime between April 24th and May 7th, you might want to check out the festival calendar to see what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where you can catch it. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this amazing event!

The Naples StayinMay Festival 2019 truly offers something for everyone. Between April 24th and May 7th, enjoy live music, fantastic food, amazing art, short films, and so much more.

What: StayinMay Festival 2019
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples
When: April 24th to May 7th
Cost: Varies per event (free to $95)
Contact: StayinMay website

StayinMay Festival 2019

StayinMay Festival Music

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StayinMay Festival 2019 literally offers something for just about everyone to enjoy. Do you like music? Several different groups perform everything from bluegrass to pop to classical music. The Henri Mancini Institute hosts a string trio one night and a piano trio another night. Visit the South Regional Library for Duke Ellington and Billy Stayhorn-era jazz music. If you love a capella, listen to the Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire perform at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church on the final evening of the festival. For laughs and music, watch the 3 Redneck Tenors tackle everything from opera to bluegrass at Hilton Naples on the first night of the festival.

StayinMay Festival Food

Do you love food? Get your tickets for the “Flavor of Brazil” hosted by Venue Naples on May 2nd. Enjoy a special chef’s dinner featuring fantastic Brazilian food. While you eat, an artist paints a picture on the spot taking inspiration from the wonderful land that evening’s food comes from.

The food industry is pumping out some incredibly talented chefs. If you’d like to taste a dish prepared by future culinary superstars, come to Venue Naples on May 6th. Local area high school students enrolled in culinary programs want to “wow” you with food they’ve prepared from their favorite countries.

StayinMay Festival Movies

Do you love movies? You have the chance to see three different short film festivals throughout the entire fun of StayinMay Festival 2019. Sheffield Theater hosts all three on April 28th, May 1st, and May 5th. It costs just $15 per day to view three award-winning films on their respective days.

StayinMay Festival Art

Do you love art? Join the Art Alive Gallery Hop on May 1st. Visit 60 different galleries around the Naples area. Several of the artists featured put together special gift baskets to be given away to guests that evening. Admission to Art Alive is absolutely free.

Many other events take place throughout the entire 12-day StayinMay Festival 2019. To find out more about each event as well as purchase your tickets, visit the StayinMay website. Most of these events sell out quickly. So, I’d suggest you get online and reserve your tickets today.

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