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To call my guest today a woman about town would be an understatement. She is probably the very definition of that phrase in Fort Myers. Stephanie Davis - better known as the Downtown Diva - has been a fixture on the southwest Florida social scene since the 90s. 

To call my guest today a woman about town would be an understatement. She is probably the very definition of that phrase in Fort Myers. Stephanie Davis - better known as the Downtown Diva - has been a fixture on the southwest Florida social scene since the 90s. 

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Today on the show, Gina and Julie talk about how cheeky wine packaging might mislead a wine snob to think what is in the bottle is no good. They try the newest Rosé on the shelves called, simply, “Forty Ounce.” They dish on the genius of the “Marilyn Merlot” packaging (and the hefty price tag for a historic 12-bottle vertical).  And talk about a BOGO in the grocery store on a pair of wines that were worth the gamble.

Kate Skales image by Jesi Cason Photography

The second annual “Sounds of Summer” concert series returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  The series kicks off June 8 with music from emerging singer/songwriter/guitarist Emma Arnold of Naples.  At just 17-years-old, the award-winning Arnold is already making a name for herself in the Southwest Florida music scene with her soulful voice and original songs.  She joins us in studio for a live performance.  Plus, Friday’s concert will also feature the rock and blues of Fort Myers musician and vocal powerhouse Kate Skales.  Her debut EP, “Ready for Me” was just released in April.  Skales also joins us, along with fellow band-member, Caleb Neff, for a live in studio performance.

My guest today is Tom DeMarchi, he’s a writing professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Director of the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, which marks its 13th year in November. We don’t normally use our guests official bio statements because they tend to be rather...drab. But not Tom’s!

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