CINNAMON COVE LIFESTYLE
The greater Fort Myers area offers many professional entertainment venues for your enjoyment.
A popular favorite among our residents, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is the premier place for Broadway musicals in Fort Myers. Located on the Edison Community College campus, it's the only theater in the area with the size and technology to host musicals like Guys and Dolls, as well as rock and jazz concerts and much more. The Hall is also the home of the Southwest Florida Symphony from December through April. The Hall is only 6 miles from Cinnamon Cove.
Located a very short distance from Cinnamon Cove, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater has been in existence for over 17 years and has had over 175,000 theater patrons this year. The main stage area seats 450. The Off-Broadway Palm, a 90 seat theatre, is adjacent. The main stage area features an award-winning buffet and offers eight (8) Broadway style musicals each season. The 2010-2011 season will include: I Love a Piano, Hairspray, Holly Jolly Christmas, The Full Monty, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Smoke On The Mountain and Annie. This theatre is open year-round, provides handicapped accessible seating, and offers hearing assistance devices.
Located in the heart of the Fort Myers River District, the Florida Repertory Theater is part of a relatively young community that is growing and developing rapidly. Housed in the completely renovated Arcade theater, the 'Rep' sits on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River within walking distance of the marina and a plethora of affordable restaurants. Florida Rep is a not-for-profit theatre group headed by Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo. Although formed in 1998, the ensemble-based company is a continuation of the troupe that Cacioppo developed over a twenty-year period on Sanibel and Captiva, chiefly at the Pirate Playhouse. It is a fully professional Equity company on contract with the Actors' (AEA), Directors' (SSDC) and Designers' (USA) unions, and comprised of professional actors, stage managers, directors, designers and technicians.
Looking for something a bit different? Visit the links below for a small sampling of other local entertainment venues.
There are a number of opportunities for continued learning in and around Cinnamon Cove. The Computer Club meets regularly, providing one hour presentations on various computer related issues. These are supplemented by presentations on photography and geneology as well. Our recreation department provides various lectures by professionals providing information on an array of topics including the AARP Driving Course, financial and investment courses, fashion, design and artistic programs and energy conservation to name just a few.
For those interested in continuing and adult education, Edison Community College is just a short drive away and offers two and four year degree courses as well as continuing education and certificate courses. They even offer courses "online" so you don't have to leave your home to take a course. More information is available at the Edison College link below.
The Lee County School system offers a wide variety of adult education courses at various high schools throughout the county. One of these is Cypress High School which is very close-by Cinnamon Cove. The link below provides further information.
Cinnamon Cove residents come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Since our neighborhood is not too small and not too large, it’s a great place to meet others and become part of the community. You can get as involved as you’d like to, and still have the privacy of your own home/condo.
A wonderful resource living in Cinnamon Cove, the people have a wealth of knowledge and information in many different fields. There are retired and active accountants, veterinarians, electricians, teachers, secretaries and administrators. Nurses, plumbers, realtors and supervisors are also among those who are willing to share their expertise for the betterment of the community.
We come from near and far: Oregon & Ohio, Maine & Maryland, New York & New Jersey, Kentucky & Iowa, Germany & Austria.
It’s the people of Cinnamon Cove who make our community great!
There is always something going on in the Fort Myers area, not just during the "high season", but throughout the year. The following is a sampling of the many, once-a-year special events that many of our Cinnamon Cove residents enjoy. Where available, links to detailed information are provided.
The annual Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire is held at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, Florida in January. The scheduled entertainment and activities include: jousting, chess, sword fighting, royal court and procession, children's games and rides, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, period food and beverages, merchants & artisans, medieval arts and crafts and medieval clothing and weapons.
The Edison Festival of Lights held in February, is a nearly month long celebration in honor of one time Fort Myers resident Thomas Edison, and features such exciting events as a parade, concert and crafts show. The parade is certainly the focal point of the celebration. Floats, government officials, marching bands and more comprise the parade body. Many of the floats are decorated with various lights, in honor of Thomas Edison. There are countless events held throughout the three weeks of celebration with a few annually recurring events that always draw large crowds. From an active 5k run and crafts show to science fairs and concerts, the Edison Festival of Lights is sure to offer something for everyone.
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival Lovers of seafood will enjoy this fun packed family weekend in March that includes a queen's ball, parade, shrimp festival exhibits and the blessing of the fleet. The Shrimp Festival Run, for children grades 1-5; a race on the beach for the Lions trophy. The 2 mile long Shrimp Festival Parade runs down the main street of town (Estero Blvd) from the beach school to the County Park and Festival Grounds on the beach. There is a Food, Fun & Crafts expo featuring over 100 vendors, the crowning of the Shrimp Festival Queen with scholarships and trophies awarded and, of course, the World Famous Lions' Shrimp Dinners!
Our own Cinnamon Cove Variety Show is presented every March. Performances are now scheduled on 3 consecutive nights as this fantastic revue is always Sold Out very early! Every bit of the production ... costumes, lighting, sound, sets, props ... is the work of Cinnamon Cove residents. The show is produced and directed by our own resident professional entertainer, Ms Betty Madonna, but the performers are all amateurs. You do not want to miss this one! (Free cookies during intermission, too.)
Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Festival Every year, in early November, thousands congregate at Fort Myers Beach to try their hands at, or observe others engaged in, the art of sand sculpture. In 2009 the American Sandsculpting Championship and Beach Festival continued its tradition as one of the most popular, family-friendly events in Florida ... attracting over 100,000 attendees. Now in its 24th year, this event owes much of its success to the area's natural resources, which are considered the best in the world for sand sculpting events. The combined lineup of Master Sculptors participating this year, hold an amazing 36 World Sandsculpting Championship titles. There are lessons in sandcastle construction, a sandcastle competition and live music to accompany the events.
The list goes on and on ...
- Fort Myers Film Festival - March
- Caloosa Catch & Release Fishing Tournament - June
- Southwest Florida Folk and Blues Festival - November
- Sanibel Art Festival - November
- Sanibel Music Festival - March
- Fort Myers Beach Offshore Grand Prix - May
At Cinnamon Cove, we recognize that an important aspect of an active
lifestyle is the ability to stay mentally and physically fit. In addition
to our various sports venues and indoor activities, the association
provides a complete on-site fitness center for individual "work-out"
regimes and Aquasize/Water Aerobics programs. You certainly don't want
to miss out on our extemely popular Core Exercise Club. This class is
a combination of aerobics, yoga and Pilates. You can work at your own
pace and, with our incredibly knowledgeable professional trainer, Lorrie,
by your side, you are sure to quickly see results that will please you