Summer 2018: Off Season, Schmoff Season
Southwest Florida used to be a ghost town with tumbleweeds blowing through over the summer. That’s no longer the case. 67% of Everglades Region PCA members surveyed this year indicated that they now remain in Southwest Florida year round. 2018 has been an active summer for our club.
We kicked it off on June 24 with a party in Goodland hosted by the Branstons at their charming & trendy waterfront fishing trailer. The cloudy day was perfect for an outdoor gathering and our new Everglades Region logo tent provided some shade. The Good Bad Kids were there to perform an eclectic mix of bluegrass and folk music as members socialized and checked out the Porsches lining Palm Avenue. The Jewban’s Delidale food truck was on-site offering tasty Jewish and Cuban cuisine. A super-fun time was had by all at this fun and casual summer get-together. Thanks to Chris and Jenny for hosting our ever-growing group.
As temperatures rose in July, an indoor event with air conditioning seemed like a good idea. We decided to try a wine and painting night out at Vino’s Picasso in Naples on July 20. Vino’s Picasso designed a piece of Porsche-related art for us all to re-create while enjoying appetizers and wine. A teacher walked us through the process step-by-step and a stencil was provided with the outline of the car. No skills were required to create a phenomenal piece of art. Carlo Valvasori created a notably artistic version by adding custom rims to his car. Lots of laughs were had by all and everyone took home a colorful canvas.
For August, Mary Jo and Mike Andrade set up a social lunch meet in Cape Coral at Fin’s Seafood and Dive Bar. Everglades Region PCA members met up at Fin’s for lunch on August 18, with some members electing to get together in advance and cruise en masse from Naples and Fort Myers. With about 60 attendees descending for a noon lunch, Fin’s welcomed us with open arms and did an incredible job of quickly serving us wonderful food from their full menu. The parking lots on either side of the funky tiki-style restaurant were overtaken by our Porsches. Our PCA Zone 12 Rep, Lisa Lewis, even made the trip all the way down from Orlando to join us.