Today we honor Charlie Knight and his 22nd Anniversary…that is his 22nd anniversary of his birthday on April, 18. Go figure that one out
His coworkers, Andy and Dru, say you could not know a nicer person…albeit a little quirky at times. They are collecting a list of “charlie-isms” such as this whole anniversary thing.
What is Charlie looking forward to today? Leaving work on time and heading to Matlacha for some libations and waterfront dining at the Sandy Hook.
Let’s all wish Charlie a great day!
Ready for a fun filled time on Key West – just pack a small bag and head to there by way of The Key West Express. This is a high speed passenger ferry that departs Fort Myers Beach every morning at 8:30 AM and arrives at Key West at 12:30 PM. The ride is very pleasant and upon arrival on Key West the choice of activities is varied. Key West is the Southernmost city in the continental United States and it is home to many festivals, fishing tournaments and the annual Hemmingway Days. Louise Parker and Dick Carlen recently visited Key West and took an opportunity to explore the island on a scooter – great way to get around the small island. Also available to enjoy are the tours of the Truman Winter White House, Ernest Hemmingway’s home, complete with at least 60 cats, half of them polydactyl, meaning many- toed and the tram tours that cover the island. There are a variety of accommodations available from hotels to B & B’s. Needless to say there are many shops and lots places to eat and drink, ranging from bar food to gourmet dining. Not to be missed is the nightly sunset event complete with entertainment and lots of vendors selling their wares. If you only have the day to enjoy the island, the return trip leaves Key West each evening at 6:00 PM and arrives at Fort Myers Beach at 9:45 PM. Key West is a fun experience and this is an island that never seems to sleep – Duval Street is where it is happening! View the Key West Express here!
Having grown up in the Boston area and suffering through many long winters that never seemed to end until June, two rites of spring while living up north were the start of the Red Sox spring training and the Masters Golf Tournament. This year I was fortunate to have tickets to the Tuesday practice round at Augusta. The course was everything and more than what I imagined. Not a weed to be seen and the beauty of the dogwoods, rododendrums and azaleas were spectacular. The day was cool and windy, however it did not deter my enthusiasm to walk the entire course twice and leave the gift store in a much poorer condition than when I entered.
Pictured is Gary Player on the 9th hole, Phil on the 10th tee box and Tiger on the practice putting green. I am pictured with the signature 13th hole in the background.
Condo chefs and good friends, Abbie and Sarah, created a great spread of delicious food for the Hamilton family staying at Ocean’s Reach this week. On the menu was “really good” fresh pasta bought at Sanibel’s Farmer’s Market topped with a homemade tomato sauce and then topped with bites of grilled chicken (from The Grove at Ocean’s Reach). You might have seen these two (you couldn’t miss them in their adorable aprons) scrambling through the corridors looking for an extra salt shaker to season the sauce!
Thanks Abbie and Sarah for the cute photo and a tempting recipe idea!
The Goertemiller Family, 1976
Thank you for letting me share with my Oceanâ€™s Reach friends and family a picture of the Goertemillers taken over the Christmas holiday in 1976 at Oceanâ€™s Reachâ€”Dru, Lyn, Kurt, Mother and Dad. I remember this trip to Sanibel and those tee shirts Mother made as if it were yesterday.
This is a very special photo to me as it is one of our familyâ€™s first of many visits to OR (when OR was just two years old) as guests –and later owners– and a loving tribute to my mother who passed away recently and to my dad who today celebrates 58 years of marriage to my mother! Sanibel was my parentâ€™s favorite family destination spot throughout the years and continues to be the ultimate relaxation spot for my dad.
My siblings and I miss my mother more and more each day as memories resurface, needs go unspoken and the reality of her absence sets in. She was the epicenter of our extended families, a very pretty woman (as you can see), creative and fun loving. We never made an important decision without her!
Thanks, Mother and Dad, for introducing all of us kids to Oceanâ€™s Reach and Sanibel when we were snowbound in the Buckeye state and for the values passed along of hard work, good financial management and the dreams and rewards of condo ownership on a sunny, warm beach that we are fortunate to experience today.
My dad, brother and sister also want to thank the owners, staff and winter guests at Oceanâ€™s Reach who reached out overwhelmingly to us during my motherâ€™s illness and death with their kindness and caring.
Happy Anniversary, Daddy!
Guest to Guest: Alan N. Hall, retired educator, Hopkinton, N.H.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Alan Hall was a teacher and administrator at schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and at St. Paul’s Academy in Concord, N.H. Some of his more famous students included presidential candidate John Kerry, FBI director Robert Mueller, professional poker player Annie Duke, and Frank Griswold, the retired presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. One day, Alan and his late wife, Merry, took Jackie Onassis and her son, young John Kennedy, to lunch in the school dining room.
Q. What is your best helpful hint for newly arriving Oceanâ€™s Reach guests?
A. Keep the map showing the buildings, the garages spaces and the unit numbers, so you can avoid parking errors.
Q. What would you spend your first $10 vacation mad money on in Sanibel?
A. Buying alligator and manatee postcards and stamps to send to friends and relatives back home.
Q. What are your top three activities on Sanibel?
A. Beach walking, talking with family members I donâ€™t often see at home, and eating at restaurants.
Q. Whatâ€™s best about the new Oceanâ€™s Reach?
A. The plantings all over the place: Great shrubs, flowers and trees.
Q. What would we be most surprised to know about you?
A. If I told you, Iâ€™d have to kill you (or myself!).
Q. With your resources and means, why do you select Oceanâ€™s Reach as your annual vacation destination?
Q. I get to see other family members I do not readily see at home; they live at a distance, but that shrinks when we are here with time to catch up on family matters.
Pictured below is Heather Cisowski, daughter of Lisa and Ed. She is a top ten ranked junior player in the mid west region of the country. Heather is 13 years old and played twice with Andy on her recent stay at Ocean’s Reach.
Needless to say Andy was not victorious and moved slowly on the 3rd day.
The tennis court at Ocean’s Reach was rebuilt recently and has been proclaimed by many as being the finest hard surface court on Sanibel Island. We are lucky to have this wonderful court for such talented players as Heather to play on.
Congratulations to the Big Ten 200 Yard Butterfly Champion!!
The Braun family girls have been coming here every year, even before they were born.
Katie, on the left just graduated from Northwestern University were she was on the swim team. Sarah, in the center, graduates from High School this year and will attend the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Megan, on the right, attends Minnesota University and this year is the Big Ten champion in the 200 yard butterfly.
Returning to Ocean’s Reach every year is the highlight of their winter season.