Arts and culture

Local History Through the News-Press

Apr 29, 2016

History is a favored subject of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams. And what better way to explore the changing character of a community through time than by going through the archives of your local paper? The News-Press began in November of 1884 as a weekly publication called, “The Fort Myers Press,” and subsequently provides a treasure trove of local news items dating back more than 130 years. In this week’s essay, Williams’ utilizes that archive to take us on a multi-stop trip back in time.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Dr. James Brock. He’s the author of four books of poetry, a playwright and founding member of the Ghostbird Theatre Company in Fort Myers. Brock teaches literature and writing at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he curates Versed in Florida for WGCU. He tells Amy Tardif there are a lot of current events mentioned in this month’s poem, some of which are quite raw. Brock also talks about racism in the classroom.

Old C-43

Apr 22, 2016

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams regularly highlights Southwest Florida’s wondrous animal and plant life, some of her favorite lesser-known spots in Lee County and the colorful cast of characters that make up the region’s history. That history is inextricably linked to the Caloosahatchee River, which William’s highlight’s in this week’s essay.

Irish Dance Competition Comes to FGCU

Apr 15, 2016
Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance

Hundreds of Irish dancers descend on Florida Gulf Coast University this weekend for the university’s first Irish Dance competition. It’s hosted by Southwest Florida’s Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance in Naples.

Blue-Eyed Grass

Apr 15, 2016
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Flora that thrives in Southwest Florida’s subtropical climate is a chief aspect of what makes living in the region unique and what connects us to the mystique and wonder of natural Florida. Today’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams doesn’t have us gazing up at palm fronds, but rather looking down to take note of blooms in what she calls our late spring "blue period".