Andy shared this photo that he captured of a Green Anole, the only anole species native to Florida.
Green anoles are medium-sized lizards with long tails. Sometimes called chameleons because of their color-changing abillity, they can be anywhere from emerald green to brown or gray. When stressed, they turn dark brown.
They’re getting harder and harder to find with competition from the hardy and non-native brown anoles, so it’s always nice, though increasingly rare, to spot an actual native lizard here on Sanibel!
The ever-popular Budweiser Clydesdales returned to the Fort Myers area last week, kicking off their visit with a return to the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade.
The massive horses — the living symbol for Anheuser-Busch beer company since 1933 — made various other stops around Southwest Florida, including an eight-horse “full hitch” walk through the Historic Downtown River District, where you-know-who couldn’t resist a selfie!
Some info for trivia buffs: In order to qualify for the World Famous Budweiser hitch, a Clydesdale must stand at least 18 hands high (or 6 feet tall) and weigh between 1,800 – 2,300 pounds. All Budweiser Clydesdales have a bay-colored coat, four white stockings, a blaze of white on their face, a black mane and a black tail. Each of the geldings consume as much as 20 – 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 – 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Every hitch travels with a Dalmatian dog — a throwback to the early days of beer brewing, when Dalmatians were bred and trained to guard the wagon and horses while out on beer deliveries.
To learn more fun facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales, click here!
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission “to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.”
Several of our Ocean’s Reach family were treated to their performance at BIG ARTS recently, including Lynne K., pictured above with AC Lincoln, the group’s tap dancer.
Both Andy and Lynne raved about the show, which The London Times called “simply phenomenal.”
In the last two years, The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom, and more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London. To see why they captured a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart, click here.
They’re another example of the stellar talent BIG ARTS attracts for island visitors and residents year after year. Many shows sell out quickly, so be sure to plan ahead by visiting the BIG ARTS website.
The 81st Sanibel Shell Festival is only days away, meaning that the Sanibel Community House will once again take center stage as host of the unique event that draws visitors from around the globe year after year.
The festival features juried scientific and artistic exhibits, along with shell displays, demonstrations, crafts, prizes, food and entertainent, and a raffle with more than $8,000 in prizes.
The Annual Shell Festival is a cooperative endeavor between The House’s Shell Crafters Club, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club.
This year, the festival will run March 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the fair is free. There is a $5 per person donation requested for the show’s indoor exhibit (you’ll receive a free pass to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, valued at $11, with your ticket).
Tarpon Bay Explorers now offers an upgraded alternative for anglers to rent and fish within the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Hobie fishing kayak rentals are available for visitors and residents to provide anglers a stealthy, efficient and hands-free fishing experience.
The Explorers team replaced its motorized canoe fleet with Hobie fishing kayaks to provide increased reliability and flexibility. Hobie kayaks are pedal-powered.
“The Hobie kayaks have really gained popularity over the past decade,” said assistant manager Adam Sauerland. “These boats do not rely on an electric trolling motor that can run out of battery life, and are more suitable to combat stiffer wind conditions. These boats are made for fishing and we think our visitors will be elated to see we’ve acquired a modernized way to fish.”
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 1-239-472-8900. Hobie fishing kayaks are for fishing only.