10, 2013 ~ 11 to 4 pm
Sanibel & Captivas
Best Island Event
is back for its 32nd year to celebrate community, cuisine, and CROW
all in one fell swoop!
Set to the tune of live bands,
local restaurants will once again offer their most decadent delicacies
and compete for top honors for their dishes from our esteemed judges
and the crowd. Tickets are $5 per peson at the gate (kids under 12 are
free). Food and beverage tickets will be on sale at the venue, The Dunes
Golf and Racquet Club on Sand Castle Road.
20-26, 2013 "Ding" Darling Days -
A week-long celebration of this National Wildife Refuge gem on Sanibel
Sunday, Oct. 20 is Family Free Day, with a full schedule of freee events
and activities, open to all visitors.
There's more to know at http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/dingdarlingdays.php
has been very much on the minds
of Sanibel residents and visitors lately...
because the Gulf's limpid blue color has turned a little murky. Nothing
wrong with the quality. Perfectly healthy for swimmers and sunbathers.
But not quite the postcard hue we occasionally expect. (Truth told,
a storm can churn up the Gulf bottom to make the water cloudy at any
time.) But the recent occurrence of tea-colored water is the result
of large fresh water releases down the Caloosahatchee River from Lake
In the very old days, the
water from the lake would be allowed to sheet-flow south through the
Everglades. But the encroachment of residential development has limited
that option, especially where Route 41, also known as the Tamiami Trail
crosses east-west between Miami and Naples.
There now is hope of some
relief. Florida's governor has announced a project to raise the roadway
so that water can flow under it, rather than be blocked by it. Completion
date for the $90 million project is several years in the future. But
it is encouraging to know that eventually something will be done for
the health of the Everglades sand pleasures of barrier island visitors.
In the meantime, a beautiful
Sanibel Gulf beach awaits every morning that your family is staying
on Sanibel Island
Mohawk going down to the deep for a final resting.
July 2, 2012: A World War
II Coast Guard cutter will be scuttled this morning 28 miles of the
shore of Sanibel Island. When it settles, as an artificial reef 90 feet
deep in the waters off Sanibel's shore, it will attract and host schools
of fish and adventurous scuba divers checking out this new marine habitat.
news about Captiva Yacht Club' Summer Sailing Courses
Since they can say it better
than I can, I'll just reproduce their announcement, courtesy of the
Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce.
Bailey's Islands Night at the Ball Park
May 16, 2012
It's an island tradition even though it is off -island. For the 19th
year, Bailey's Store is
underwriting a night of baseball at the Fort Myers Miracle stadium,
aka Lee County Sports Complex, aka where the Minnesota Twins play during
spring training. The Twins have retrurned to the Twin Cities and the
game on the card for Islands Night is the Miracle
vs. the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The event was originated by the late
Sam Bailey, who was an accomplished athlete in his day and a great benefactor
of Sanibel and Captiva. If you are in the area on the day, take yourself
out to the ballgame. There's also a fun hometown parade around the diamond
and some free chow. See you there.
April 15, 2012
6 PM to 10 PM
It's not Sanibel per se, except the Edison & Ford Winter Estate
really is an eastern extension for visitors who come to Sanibel. And
this promises to be a great event. Gather on the historic grounds of
these two great American inventors/industrialists, dine in the gardens,
be entertained by musical performers, and thrill to a flaming sunset
along the Caloosahatchee River. Call 239-334-7419 for the full "scoop".
Billy Causey, National Marine Sanctuaries Director
will speak about the value of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
for recreational fisheries.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sanibel Community House
Dr. Causey's appearance is sponsored by the Sanibel Sea
As the Southeast Regional Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Dr. Causey
has instrumental in developing the management plan for the Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary. That sanctuary, at 2,900 square nautical
miles, is the third largest marine protected area in the United States.
Sanibel Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
For more information, please call Sanibel Sea School at 239-472-8585
This is almost a signature event -
or series of events - running from March 3 through March 24 at Sanibel
Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way. The Sanibel Music Festival
was originated in the 1980's by impresario and musician, Marilyn Lauriente.
It was her passion to bring great classical chamber, solo and ensemble
music performances to Sanibel Island each March. In fact, "Save
March for Music" became a Sanibel Music Festival rallying cry for
First up this year,
is an appearance on March 3rd by the Cavani String Quartet. These four
talented female musicians have received the coveted Naumberg Chamber
Music Award and have appeared at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center (Washington,
DC). This performance will start at 8 PM, as do all Sanibel Music Festival
concerts, and will include works by Haydn, Bartok and Ravel. For more
information visit the
Sanibel Music Festival website.
Scoop report on Sanibel Stoop
18, 2012, saw more than a thousand individuals gather on Sanibel's beach
to set a new Guiness Book record for the number of people simultaneously
engaging in that fascinating activity called the Sanibel Stoop. It's
called that because it is the position assumed by beachcombers searching
for shells on the world-famous Sanibel Island shelling beaches. It was
scheduled as a kick off of the Annual Sanibel Shellibration and Shell
Fair and Show. We'll try to post some more info (and photos, if can
get them) about the Sanibel Shell Fair, in it's 75th year, shortly.
Okay, assume the position!!!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
This is not, strictly speaking, a Sanibel event. But
it is so big and so unique that it bears mention here.
The Grand Parade departs from Fort Myers HS stadium and wends (don't
parades always "wend"?) its way to downtown Fort Myers. Parade
watchers get out early to "reserve" the viewing places. There's
more information at htttp://www.EdisonFestival.org
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (France)
Monday, February 20, 7 PM
A documentary film about the Chauvet Cave
in southern France, Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Premiered at the 2010
Toronto International Film Festival. Footage from inside the cave and
the nearby Pont d'Arc natural bridge, and includes interviews with various
scientists and historians. Generally, cave paintings are protected from
light, which causes the images to fade over time. This is a rare glimpse
into the deep past of human activity. 2010, 89 min, Not Rated, in French
with English subtitles Admission: $8
NEWS AT DING DARLING
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife
Refuge has re-opened the boardwalk at Bailey tract, reconstructed using
recycled plastic board to extend its life.
Nearly four miles of boardwalk and trails
are open to the public in Bailey Tract's 100 acres of interior wetland,
where freshwater plants and wildlife dominate. The boardwalk and trails
are open from sunup to sundown, with two
free guided walking tours each walk. "Plants of the Bailey Tract"
departs the Bailey Tract parking lot off Tarpon Bay Road at 10:00 am
on Tuesdays and "Wildlife of Bailey Tract" leaves at 8:30
am on Fridays.
UP AT BIGArts
February 16 - Linden
String Quartet - Graduate String Quartet in Residence, Yale School of
February 22 - Southwest Florida Symphony
- Featuring the String Section
March 14 - Southwest Florida
Symphony - Debussy, Gounod & Brahms
Island Jazz Performances
Eight Sundays at
February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29.
Beach chairs are suggested,
Rain or shine.
Made up mostly of island residents, Island Jazz features Harry Reiner
(trumpet), Tom Cooley (drums), Louis Pradt (clarinet and flute), Babe
VanDeVelde (tenor sax), and Sally-Jane Heit (vocals). Frequent guest
players include many of the best jazz musicians in southwest Florida
playing all styles of music from jazz standards and Dixieland to bop,
pop, and more.
Travel Guru Arthur Frommer names Sanibel his favorite place to visit.
#1. Ahead of Bali and Paris, France. Come and see why!!!
Through February 11
At Herb Strauss Theater
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Monday through Saturday at 8:00 PM
This show is based on a 1988 film. On Broadway, it won Tony and
a Drama Desk Award. A musical tale of two con men who try to out-con
each other and get caught at it. Tickets - General $42; Under 18 $20
Joyce Yang, Pianist
Recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has performed
with numerous world symphony orchestras.
Tickets - General $42; Loge $47; Child free with paying adult.