FORT MYERS, FL (January 23, 2014) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning recognizes the 450th anniversary of the birth of The Bard with two February sessions of “A Salute to Shakespeare” scheduled on

    • Thursday, Feb. 6: Session one offers an examination of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello. The discussion will first explore the dramatic elements that support a true tragedy and how Shakespeare incorporated them into his plays. The class will then focus on this play’s source, plot, characters, and themes.


  • Thursday, Feb. 20: Session two highlights one of the playwright’s romance plays, the tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale. This story presents a plot that deals with jealousy and redemption while incorporating a companion set of contrasting actions that are truly entertaining. The play also contains a stage direction that has both amused and horrified audiences for more than 400 years.

The sessions will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. “A Salute to Shakespeare” will be taught by Ray Boyce, a Shell Point resident who studied Shakespeare at Oxford as a part of his ongoing passion for continuing education. 

Both sessions are free; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 239-489-8472 for more information. 

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides approximately 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. 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, an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults. 

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with a newly renovated 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public, deep water boating access with free boat dockage, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131. 

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