Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘The Golden Years of Broadway’ Nov. 15

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with “The Golden Years of Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

 FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Performing Arts program of its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with “The Golden Years of Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Join Broadway Pops veterans Jennifer Hope Wills, Sean MacLaughlin and Rob Gallagher, with New York City-based orchestrator and arranger Ryan Shirar, as they bring “The Golden Years of Broadway” to life. The musical group will include hit songs that set the standards for American musical theater, like, “Oklahoma! South Pacific,” “The King & I and “The Sound of Music.”

Throughout the performance, Broadway Pops will captivate audiences with their entertaining and innovative production and more than 10 hit classics from the 1940s and 1950s era.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point’s Gulf Coast Model Railroad opens for season  

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2018)Shell Point Retirement Community is pleased to announce the reopening of its popular Gulf Coast Model Railroad attraction on Monday, Nov. 5. Free tours are open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 2019.

Modeled in the shape of Florida, the 43′-by-41′ Gulf Coast Model Railroad is set in the 1950s and 1960s, offering guests a unique perspective of notable sites throughout state. The model railroad display features several running trains and hundreds of recognizable miniature geographic landmarks, such as Tallahassee’s old Capitol Building, Pensacola freight yards, the Gainesville Gator Bowl, Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center with an orbiting Space Shuttle, Everglades, Sanibel Lighthouse, and even Shell Point Retirement Community.

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Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes David Crohan Nov. 6

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes pianist, David Crohan on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as part of the Concerts and Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Concerts and Conversations program of its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by pianist, David Crohan, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Blind since birth, Crohan has become one of the most versatile pianists performing today, crossing the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music with ease and sophistication. Crohan displayed musical precociousness at the age of three, and later earned his master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music. His distinguished audiences have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Lady Bird Johnson, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

During this performance, Crohan will include music from his vast repertoire that spans from Beethoven, Scott Joplin and Andrew Lloyd Webber to the Beatles and Billy Joel. The program will draw on Crohan’s extensive classical training and expertise in music from bygone eras.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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  Shell Point presents 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community will present its 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point. Shell Point resident Beverly Shubel showcases her work at last year’s event.

Photo 2: Shell Point Retirement Community’s 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3 will feature one-of-a-kind items created or enhanced by more than 60 talented Shell Point residents. Shell Point resident Linda Gardell showcases her artwork at the 2017 event.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point.

Hosted by creative Shell Point residents, the annual event will feature one-of-a-kind items created or enhanced by more than 60 talented Shell Point residents. The Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar provides guests with an array of unique, hand-designed items and novelty gifts in time for the holiday season, including specialty Christmas décor, Christmas novelties, stylish totes, jewelry, intricate wood sculptures, three-dimensional paper crafts, homemade tasty goodies, children’s clothing, stained glass, books, scarves and more.

“Shell Point residents put an incredible amount of effort, originality and care into the creation of quality products to be sold at our annual event,” said Karen Hubbard, Shell Point resident and chairperson of the craft show. “Spread holiday cheer by purchasing these one-of-a-kind treasures for someone special!”

Admission to the Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public, although crafts may be purchased by cash or check only. After shopping, guests can enjoy a meal at one of Shell Point’s on-site public restaurants. For more information on the upcoming event, visit www.ShellPoint.org.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point announces 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series

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Fall lineup to feature monthly performances November through April

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series, which brings a variety of local and international performers to Shell Point’s campus in four distinct musical series: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Concerts and Conversations, and Southwest Florida Symphony. Events are open to the public, with tickets available online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

“The 16th season of the Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Series is filled with an impressive array of talented artists and dynamic performances,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “With three distinct musical series, along with skills of resident artists and artisans, this season offers something for everyone.”

The Fine Arts series highlights the artistry of Shell Point resident artists and artisans with three annual shows held during the 2018-2019 season. These free shows will showcase the creative work of many talented residents, and ranges from photography and painting to three-dimensional sculptures and intricate quilts.

  • Shell Point Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar – Friday, Nov. 2 and & Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point.
  • Shell Point Artists and Artisans Spring Fling – Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Woodlands Commons at The Woodlands at Shell Point.
  • 2019 Shell Point Quilt Show – Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 3 at noon, and Monday, March 4 at 10 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point.

The Performing Arts series features five concerts, with performances including some of Broadway’s most well-known hits, classical pieces from an award-winning ensemble and a big band musical performance from a group of internationally celebrated musicians. Concerts in this series will be held in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. This year’s performances include:

  • The Golden Years of Broadway – Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Memphis Motown Soul Experience – Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Vienna Boys Choir – Tuesday, 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Benny Goodman: When Swing Was King – Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Siberian Virtuosi – Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Performing Arts series cost $40. Advance ticket packages are also available by musical series and provide savings up to $35.

Five Concerts and Conversations events will take place in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, which allow for an intimate, chamber-style performance, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet the performers. The Concerts and Conversations series includes performances by:

  • David Crohan, Pianist – Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Peter Fancovic, Pianist – Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Con Brio Quartet, Strings – Wednesday, 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Sanibel Trio – Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Chrysalis Chamber Players – Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Concerts and Conversation Series cost $30. Advance ticket packages are also available by musical series, and provide savings up to $20.

Shell Point is pleased to partner with the Southwest Florida Symphony to present three performances in the 2018-2019 Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Series. Tickets for this series range from $25 to $35.

  • Tradition, Comfort and Joy – Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Appalachian Spring – Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Back-to-Back Bach – Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

 To reserve tickets for any of the 2018-2019 Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Series events, or to purchase advance ticket packages, contact the concert box office at 239-454-2067, or visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts. Tickets will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

 About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host October classes on history, public policy and environment

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its October Academy classes, which will feature educational discussions on world explorers, public policy and one of the ocean’s most abundant marine turtle species. Classes will take place on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first discussion, entitled “How Columbus Almost Did Not Discover America,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, exploring the life and legacy of Marco Polo. Florida SouthWestern State College professor Adrian Kerr will discuss the many setbacks suffered by Polo, how perilously close he came to failure and the great impact he had on the young Genoese sailor, Christopher Columbus.

 

Shell Point will also present “Amendments on the Ballot for Florida’s Midterm Election” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, led by Clara Anne Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Lee County. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. During the 90-minute presentation, Graham will share an understanding of major public policy issues and proposed amendments that are slated for the upcoming ballot.

 

The final Academy class for October, entitled “Sea Turtles,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, led by Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Attendees will learn about the loggerhead turtle; the Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which spends its juvenile years in the sea grasses of Pine Island Sound; and a very rare, 700-pound leatherback that chose Sanibel’s beach for a nesting event just a few years ago. Anders’ presentation will also incorporate new information acquired from a sea turtle geneticist.

 

Ticket to attend each session are $10, and can be purchased by calling 239-489-8472. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org.


The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative that provides approximately 80 classes each semester, and encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults, from computer technology to financial, travel, artistic, entertainment, historical, and more. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host September classes on history of Iran, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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CUTLINE: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a two-part series on “Iran: Its History and Today” and “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” taking place in September at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its September Academy classes, which will feature informative discussions on some of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations and archaeological history. Classes will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Sept. 27 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first two-part series, entitled “Iran: Its History and Today,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 18, tracing some of the world’s oldest settlements dating back to 4000 B.C. The first session will introduce the Indo-Europeans and uncover the rise and fall of the nation of Iran. The second session will discuss how the Islamic conquest of A.D. 650 was a turning point in Iranian history. Kerr will conclude this two-part discussion with a look at recent times and the major shift in Iranian leadership.

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  Shell Point assisted living residents donate handmade onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community’s assisted living residents recently crafted and personally delivered handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 2: Shell Point resident, David Ammerman, decorates a newborn onesie to be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 3: Residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently decorated onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Assisted living residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently gifted handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only pediatric hospital of its kind located between Tampa and Miami, opened a new building just over a year ago at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center. The 128-bed, seven-story facility is designed to make children feel like they are in a fun, safe space – rather than an institutional setting. The building is filled with bright colors, activities and interactive stations for both patients and visitors.

“We appreciate when members of our community give back in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital, especially when it is intergenerational,” says Carly Majewski, Golisano Children’s Hospital NICU nurse manager. “To have Shell Point residents spend time decorating and personalizing these outfits to give to our smallest and most vulnerable patients speaks volumes to their kindness and generosity.”

This project is part of Shell Point assisted living’s Giving Back program series, which connects assisted living residents with ways to participate in community and social involvement initiatives that benefit local nonprofit organizations.

“Few activities offer as much happiness and fulfillment as using our time and efforts to help when needed,” said Amanda Pendergast, assisted living activities leader at Shell Point. “Many of our residents have worked with children in the past and were passionate about continuing that admirable work.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point’s average age drops drastically for Shell Point Summer Splash children’s cam

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Photo 1: More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

 

Photo 2: Shell Point’s golf instructors hit the course during Shell Point Summer Splash to teach children the fundamental tools needed for the game.

 

Photo 3: Shell Point Summer Splash campers welcomed special guests from the Iona-McGregor Fire Department for a special demonstration and chance to use a real fire hose.

 

Photo 4: Shell Point Summer Splash campers brushed up on their shuffleboard skills with resident, Vicki Waterstradt, during a day of outdoor activities and yard games.

 

Photo 5: Shell Point resident, Carol Ashley, stepped out of retirement for the week as she taught Shell Point Summer Splash campers dance moves from her days as a professional ballroom dancer.


Summer camp brings kids, fun to the community

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2018)More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

A joint effort between Shell Point Retirement Community and The Village Church at Shell Point, this free, five-day summer program was designed to provide children with a fun-filled week of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, Bible lessons, team games and more.

“This is our first time hosting a Vacation Bible School at Shell Point and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it possible,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “It has given both residents and campers an opportunity to learn from one another and explore all of the resort-style amenities that surround our community.”

Throughout the week, campers were treated to boat rides, nature tours, golf lessons with Shell Point’s golf professionals, a Sub-Zero ice cream tutorial and obstacle courses. Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Iona-McGregor Fire Department also stopped by for some demonstrations and a chance for the kids to tour the inside of their patrol vehicles.

On the final day of camp, Shell Point residents and employees filled The Village Church at Shell Point for a musical performance and dance routine put on by the kids. Clapping hands and cheerful sounds were heard throughout the auditorium as the program came to an end.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s summer camp and so are our residents,” Slack said. “Shell Point Summer Splash has definitely made waves across campus.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point welcomes Trillium Piano Trio Aug. 16 for final 2018 Summer Concert Series performance

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 24, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community will conclude its 2018 Summer Concert Series with a performance by Trillium Piano Trio at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $21 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Featuring Susannah Kelly on cello, Yoko Sata Kothari on piano and Ruby Berland on violin, the Trillium Piano Trio’s musical act will introduce classical music with a modern twist. Founded in 2003, Trillium Piano Trio has been inspiring the South Florida musical community and captivating audiences for more than a decade. The trio’s highly personal approach to their performance includes a signature talk to explain the stories behind each piece, resulting in a relatable performance that connects the audience to the artistry of the music.

To learn more about the upcoming performance by Trillium Piano Trio, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-454-2067. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org