The BIG ARTS Concert Band holiday concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Schein Hall.
The program will include traditional favorites such as “Nutcracker Suite”, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” featuring the Sanibel Youth Dancing Ensemble, Leroy Anderson’s “Horse and Buggy,” Hanukkah, Festival of Lights”, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, and vocal solos of the Elvis Presley favorite “Blue Christmas” and Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song.” A sing-along with the audience will top the evening with the annual presentation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Mike Lamade, conductor and music director of the BIG ARTS Concert Band, promises a program to please young and old.
“We were sold out last March for our spring concert because I think we’re playing music our audiences enjoy and can relate to. We certainly hope to continue that tradition here on Sanibel with our holiday concert,” Lamade said.
We love it!
“We brought my 77 year old mom, Linda, to Sanibel and Ocean’s Reach with us
for the first time in October where she promptly developed a shell addiction.
She turned her shells into Christmas ornaments
and needs to return ASAP to replenish her supply!”
Kim and Robert Y.
Long-time guests from Cincinnati, OH
What a beautiful potpourri of color we recently received from long-time guest Del S., who visits us regularly from Jamesville, IA.
“I have so enjoyed the photos that are posted on the Ocean’s Reach blog. I am attaching a few of the ones I took last year.
Thanks so much and I look forward to taking more later this month when we return to Ocean’s Reach!”
We do, too, Del, and very much look forward to seeing what amazing shots you capture next!
The historic Captiva Chapel by the Sea will hold its annual Community Carol Sing at 6 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 10.
The program will include carols and holiday favorites. Soloists will include Lynne Dugan, Deb Almeida and Missy Calkin. An ensemble from BIG ARTS Community Chorus will also perform. Keyboard and organ will be provided by Lynne Dugan. Guest guitarist will be Jeff Good. Reverend John Cedarleaf will preside.
Much of the program includes the community, of course. Be ready to enjoy the stunning holiday lights and a Captiva tradition. Refreshments will follow the concert.
The Chapel is located at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva. All are welcome.
The Southwest Florida Symphony presents its annual Holiday Pops concerts with a fun family twist this year – A Charlie Brown Christmas. Concerts will take place at The Village Church at Shell Point on Tuesday, December 12, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs on Thursday, December 14, BIG ARTS on Sanibel on Friday, December 15 and at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Saturday, December 16.
This performance, conducted by Dr. Trent Brown, the Symphonic Chorale’s music director, features the beloved music of the Peanuts traditional holiday animated TV show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, composed by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi and arranged for orchestra by special guest Jim Martinez. This concert also features performances by the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida.
Single tickets start at $27 and vary by venue. Family packages of $60 for four tickets (two adults and two children) are also available for Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and St. Leo the Great Catholic Church performances. Tickets may be purchased at the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office by calling 1-239-418-1500 or visiting www.swflso.org.
This season, join the SCCF Native Landscapes & Garden Center for a series of workshops highlighting the beauty, diversity, and versatility of our native island plants.
The next class in the series will be Holiday Decorations with Native Plants at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center.
In its inaugural year, the workshops are aimed at introducing novice and experienced plant lovers to unique ways of utilizing native plants and providing for our local wildlife. The workshops are all hands-on, so get ready to be creative and dig in!
All workshops take place at the SCCF Native Landscapes & Garden Center at the Bailey Homestead, 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Participants will be shown a variety of plants that lend a festive touch to your seasonal decorations. All materials to make a wreath or ornament will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite wreath or item to decorate.
RSVP to the Native Landscapes & Garden Center at 1-239-472-1932. Registration: $20.
My husband and I just recently spent a week at Ocean’s Reach!
We used to fly down from Warren, PA, but just this spring relocated to Ocala, FL. That meant we drove to Sanibel this time!
One beautiful afternoon we made “Ariel the Mermaid” from shells usually overlooked by shell seekers!
We love visiting the island and we will see you again soon!
Bob and Shelly H.
Thanks, Bob and Shelly, for solving our latest mystery. We had a number of folks ask who our talented guests were! We loved your creativity and look forward to seeing more in the future, now that we’re practically neighbors!