Nearly every “search” for the month of May returns at least one reference to “the merry, merry month of May.” The original song that some of you may remember as “While Strolling Through the Park One Day” actually dates back to 1884 and was sung by Judy Garland in the movie “Strike Up The Band.” It was also performed by numerous other artists and found in dozens of notable cartoons over the years. Even Apollo 17 astronauts sang their own version of “strolling on the MOON one day!”

The feeling is that May is somewhat of a “happy, beautiful place” between the spring showers and the summer heat. Remember the adage “April showers bring May flowers”? Our celebrations around the world reflect that happiness: May Day with its maypole dancing, the festivity of Cinco de Mayo and the warmth of Mother’s Day.

To us in Southwest Florida, May also tends to be a time of relaxing as our population dips a little (certainly not as much as in the past), and we don’t seem to be in such a hurry.

We recently discovered two students, one a senior at Estero High School and the other a senior at FGCU Bower School of Music, who have inspired us. While there are undoubtedly countless other examples of “youthful inspiration,” we are proud to introduce you to Taylor Bouchard and Paul Berlinsky.

Taylor was selected as the winner of the Rising Star award this year at the News-Press People of the Year Awards. You will enjoy learning about how Taylor turned the challenges of affordable travel for severe medical conditions into an opportunity to make a difference.

If you have ever been on campus at FGCU and heard the often head-pounding volume of music coming from nearly every direction (think Alico Arena and the car stereos in the parking areas), the last thing you might think of is classical music. Classical music from a millennial??? But that’s exactly what young composer Paul Berlinsky is doing. My wife and I were actually present at the FGCU Wind Orchestra concert where his composition “Mountain Roads” debuted. Talk about youthful inspiration!

And speaking of those who inspire us, mothers most certainly top the list! Mother’s Day is May 12, and we wish every mother a very happy day. In your honor, Estero Life Magazine set out to recognize some outstanding local moms, so we asked our Facebook followers and readers to make nominations. In this issue, we present the three finalists and are asking you, our readers, to cast your vote for Estero Mom of the Year 2019! 

And while mothers shape our family legacies, the Legacy we highlight in this month’s issue is actually that of Legacy Church (located directly across the road from Estero Community Park), which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. During its first decade, it has become a cornerstone of Estero as the first church to move into the heart of the Village after its incorporation. From purposeful living to community involvement and volunteerism, its unique philosophy ensures that Legacy Church will remain committed to the betterment of Estero for years to come.

Finally, this month’s Dining feature takes us “across the Atlantic pond” to the British Open Pub. This 18-year-old stalwart of Bonita Springs has a very storied history. You can count on the British Open Pub for great food, drinks and an extremely welcoming atmosphere. Tell them Estero Life Magazine sent you!

In closing, let us reflect on the costs of freedom this coming Memorial Day. We salute not only the service men and women in uniform and our treasured veterans of all wars and conflicts, but especially those fallen heroes. Your valor and dedication keeps us safe and free. You are in our hearts, minds and prayers this Memorial Day (and always). God Bless America!


Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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