Major Renovation for BIG ARTS

An excerpt from a recent Island Sun article written by Jeff Lysiak:

Forty years ago this summer, six islanders – Pete Smith, Ikki and Polly Matsumoto, Mike Klein and Emil and Bradley Fray – gathered in Smith’s home. There, these dreamers envisioned an organization that would help promote the performing arts, fine arts and creative writers on Sanibel. That organization became known as the Barrier Island Group for the Arts,  » Read more

There’s Even an App for That!

Thanks to our friends at the Shell Museum and Island Sun for the following info:

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum launched its innovative new Shell Museum App to a captive audience of shell enthusiasts at the island’s recent Sanibel Shell Festival.

The Shell Museum App, created by the nation’s leading shell experts at the national shell museum, is a revolutionary shell identification tool that can help shellers instantly identify more than 65 common shells found on Southwest Florida beaches,  » Read more

Hello, Spring!

Photo by R.S. Walsh Landscaping

All are invited to celebrate the start of spring with a special Spring Equinox Meditation on March 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Led by Tamara Joffe, healthy living coach and yoga-meditation teacher, the event will be held at R.S. Walsh Landscaping “In the Garden” at 3889 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel.

There will be a short introduction to meditation and a moving meditation walk on the grounds.  » Read more

Good Girls Revolt

Photo from Adweek

On March 16, 1970, Newsweek magazine hit newsstands with a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled “Women in Revolt.” That same day, 46 Newsweek women, Lynn Povich among them, announced they’d filed an EEOC complaint charging their employer with “systematic discrimination” against them in hiring and promotion.  The action would become the nation’s first gender discrimination lawsuit.  » Read more

Shamrock and Roll!

Photo from Naples Daily News

Shamrock and roll all day in the heart of Historic Downtown Fort Myers!

On March 17th, the Historic District in downtown Fort Myers turns green at the annual “St. Patrick’s Day Downtown” event. The festivities will begin at 12 p.m. and will continue until 10 p.m.

Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, games for prizes, photo opportunities and of course,  » Read more

A Thing of Beauty

Even though Nancy F. and Jack D. from Jamestown, RI just discovered Ocean’s Reach a few years ago, they’ve “added a week here” and “added a week there” to the point that they’re now almost long-term guests (and we couldn’t be more delighted)!

We spotted Nancy down near our pond the other day working on an oil painting.

We like to say that the beauty of Ocean’s Reach is not just found on our beach.   » Read more

Spring Concert

Thanks to our friends at the “Santiva Chronicle” for the following excerpt:

Music is in the air as the BIG ARTS Community Chorus gears up for their spring concerts March 14 – 15 at BIG ARTS Schein Hall.

Made up of local members of the Southwest Florida community, the chorus will be performing a diverse line up of classic mainstays and contemporary favorites.   » Read more

Misunderstood Creatures

Photo by Craig O’Connell, Smithsonian Magazine

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is offering a presentation entitled Sharks: A Cultural and Conservation Story of these Misunderstood Creatures at the Bailey Homestead Pavilion on Thursday, March 14.  The program, led by SCCF CEO Ryan Orgera, will begin at 7 p.m.

Sharks have long been perceived as mindless beasts who kill indiscriminately, but today their very existence is in peril.  » Read more

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