Naples Tidbits #16

To bring you up to date on some activities around Naples, Florida check these out:

  • Our company, Downing-Frye Realty, made Realtor Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies” list once again. The list is based on closed sales volume. We were ranked #85, posting more that $1.3 billion in 2007.
  • This announcement is a little early, but it’s always good to plan ahead and in this case get in a little practice. The Philharmonic Youth Chorale will be conducting auditions on September 6th for young singers between 7 and 17 years of age. For more information call the Phil’s Educatiion Department at 239-254-2642.
  • Order your season tickets to the Phil at 239-597-1900.
  • Sanibel Island is spotlighted in the July issue of Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the “Top shelling Beaches”.

William Wegman exhibit at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples

William Wegman, It’s a Dog’s Life, will have his traveling exhibit on view at the von Liebig Art Center here in Naples, Florida from July 12th to August 24th. The show will have 28 of Wegman’s Polaroid images installed in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery.

Anyone who is a dog lover, pet lover, photographer or who just simply has a sense of humor, should drop by and check out this exhibit. It’s amazing the patience Wegman must have working with these dogs to get these great images.


Get ready to take great fireworks photos this Fourth of July

Copyright Rick Bethem
©Rick Bethem

Copyright Rick Bethem
©Rick Bethem

Well, tomorrow is the big day and everyone will be celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks. Taking fireworks photos has been a mystery to alot of people who would really like to have a memorable photograph of the event. If you’re interested in how I do it, check out the article I wrote a while back on “How to take fireworks photos” on our Naples website.

We wish everyone a safe holiday and enjoy your time with your friends and family. See you at the Naples Pier around dusk!

Naples Pier Copyright Rick Bethem
Naples Pier, ©Rick Bethem

Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club opens in Naples, Florida


Ruth and I had an opportunity to tour the new facilities at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club here in Naples, Florida. This is just a beautiful project that is just inside the Gordan Pass and makes for a short trip to the Gulf of Mexico. You can have your boat stored in either one of the 35 wet slips or stored inside of the new concrete dry storage building where there are 325 slips.

The Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club membership provides many benefits to add to your boating experience. On site they have a Harbor Master, beautiful dining room and an outdoor area for casual waterfront dining, yacht cleaning services and much more.

Below are a few photos I took last weekend, but if you if would like more information and also some more photos, please visit the Hamilton Habor Yacht Club page on Ruth’s Naples real estate website. If your interested in membership, give Ruth a call toll-free at 877-777-7545 and she can give you more information and connect you to the proper contact.