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
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
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
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
Many thanks to longtime guests Debrorah and Wes B. from Hanson, MA for sending us this great photo of John looking ever so dapper on St. Patrick’s Day last year.
As they say, “‘Tis good to be Irish!”
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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
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
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
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
Photograph by Diane Speare Triant, BOSTON GLOBE
The simple act of driving to Sanibel — Florida’s secluded barrier island off Fort Myers — puts you in relaxation mode. » Read more