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The new program recently started at the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum, “Children Play…Parents May…” is proving to be quite a success.Â The following letter is from one satisfied Ocean’s Reach family, along with pictures to prove it.
I wanted to get back with you with a report about the program that Diane Thomas has started at the Shell Museum. We took Hannah (8) and Braden (6) to Tuesday’s program. They are both relatively independent and social, so we had few worries about how they would handle the newness.
They did great, thanks to Diane’s well-organized plans for crafts, songs, and education. At 11:30, when we picked up the kids, Braden said, “I wish this could be our school.” Say no more, huh?
Anyway, please have no reservations about recommending Diane’s program to other Ocean’s Reach patrons. By copy of this e-mail to her, I am also saying “Many thanks” for the initiative and enthusiasm.
We referred the program to a couple from New York today, while visiting on a trolley ride.
Well done, Diane.
Danne W Webb
This is the “Adventures in Paradise” trolley that picks guests up at Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island and transports them over the Causeway Bridge to a local marina for a wonderful, tranquil sunset cruise and many other opportunities. The Sanibel Trolley schedule is available online at their website.
“Adventures in Paradise” offer many different packages to suit all interests and have specials going on frequently. They have also just recently opened “Outfitters to the Outsiders” store on Sanibel Island at the Tahitian Gardens shopping center. So stop in and and give them a welcome!
Stacey Monnar vacations every summer at Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island with her family. This year she ran an aerobic boot camp each morning at 8:00 for her sister-in-law and friends.
The boot camp routine consisted of early morning lap swims in the pool, sprints down Camino del Mar and aerobics inÂ “The Grove”.
Stacy is Terry Byrns’ daughter. Great idea Stacy, I’m sure there are many who wish they could join you!
A short while back, lovely family joined us at Ocean’s Reach for a memorable vacation. In the days to come we intend to share some of their wonderful experiences with all of our readers, but in the meantime, Lauren and Julia, their twin daughters would like toÂ challenge our blog readers. As their mother explained in a portion of her letter,
“We also had a very memorable dinner at Jacaranda, the food was outstanding. While waiting for our dinner to be served, we played the following word game: How many words can we find/make using the letters from the words “Oceans Reach Pool”? With just a little help from Mom and Dad, the answer was 93! And you can see all 93 on the attached document – a scan of the children’s menu from Jacaranda, on which we played the game.
Anyway, Lauren and Julia would like to issue a challenge, perhaps via the blog, to see how many additional words can be found. The rules are easy, just use the letters from “Oceans Reach Pool”. If the letter only appears once in these words, you can only use it one in your word answer. Knowing how intelligent the owners and guests of Oceans Reach are, we expect that we can go much higher than 93 words!”
So what do you think? Can we come up with a few more words to help out the girls? Let’s here from everyone!!
I found this extraordinary video on “Sanibel Toot’s Lazy Days” blog of a Loggerhead Turtle hatchling making it’s way to the Gulf. Just wanted to make sure all of our viewers see this. Toot’s also reminds us that when we leave the beach at the end of the day during nesting season, to be sure and smooth away any sand sculptures that could hinder the little turtles on their journey. Be sure and stop by Toot’s blog to thank her for her amazing video and enjoy all of her wonderful photos.
There is to be a Purple Martin Festival Friday night, July 31st! Tonight!! It will be held at the Bar Association Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. This is a celebration in honor of the 30,000 plus Purple Martins who are roosting in the four trees along Edison Street near the restaurant. Be sure and pencil it in for a fun time this evening and don’t forget to wear some purple in their honor!
What do you think, are they having fun?
The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island has started another wonderful program directed towards children, but which will also benefits parents! There was an article about the program published in our local newspaper that quotes Dru Doyle about implementing it at Ocean’s Reach. This program is best described by Diane Orvis Thomas, who is the Public Programs Specialist for the Museum.
In response to an identified need introduced by lodging partners throughout the county, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has developed a resort program called, Children PlayÂ . . . Parents May . . .? . . .
Family vacations are great, but did you ever find yourself dreaming of a few hours of adult play time?Â Maybe Mom and Dad have shopping in mind without the stress of assuring fragile gift shop objects remain on the shelves.Â Perhaps your favorite book is calling or you wish you could have a meal accompanied by just grown-up conversations. Do you ever have the vision of walking hand and hand down the beach, but linking with only one set of hands?
If so â€“ this program is for you.Â Drop the children off and enjoy 2 Â˝ hours of guilt-free adult time.Â Your children wonâ€™t even know youâ€™re gone because they will be reading about mollusks and their friends, playing educational games, creating shell craft projects, making fact wheels or pop-up books, and doing creative writing.
The program is appropriate for ages 5 through 12. The cost is $15.00 per child.Â Classes will be held at the Museum from 9:00 â€“ 11:30 am on the following Tuesdays and Thursday in July, August and September:
July 28, 30
August 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
September 15, 17, 22, 24
To register call Diane Orvis Thomas, the Museumâ€™s Public Programs Specialist, at 239.395.2233, ext 11 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ Â Â Register by 3 pm Monday for Tuesday sessions and 3 pm Wednesday for Thursday sessions.
Dr. Sharon Smith, a guest who spends her summer with us is also a school principal. She was gracious enough to write the following article that describes her feelings of a Sanibel vacation while staying at Ocean’s Reach.
â€śI am so grateful for the peace and the calm of the seashore, where time stands still and unrushedâ€¦where I can see and feel the beauty all around me.â€ť
For the past three summers Dr. Sharon Smith and her husband JP, a retired educator, have come to Oceanâ€™s Reach when Westside High School in Macon, Georgia closes for the regular school year. Sanibel and Oceanâ€™s Reach have become Dr. Smithâ€™s summer sanctuary where she refreshes, renews, and reenergizes her spirit.
For seven luxurious weeks this year she has read, shopped, attended aerobics at the Senior Citizen Center, shopped, taken a cruise to Cabbage Key for that famous â€śCheeseburger in Paradiseâ€ť made popular by Jimmy Buffet, shopped, attended Sanibel Community Church, shopped, watched many movies, shopped, ate in a dozen different restaurants, shopped, walked seven miles each day, and shopped, shopped, shopped.
Back Home is Westside High School, home of the Seminoles. It is here that Dr. Smith is truly in her niche: HOPEâ€”Helping Other People Excel. She mentors both students and teachers, attends football, basketball, baseball and other athletic events. Westside has an outstanding Fine Arts Department that hosts a plethora of singing, dancing, and dramatic talent as well that she doesnâ€™t miss.
It is during these Sanibel summers watching the rolling surf, searching for shells for her Sanibel Christmas tree and being mesmerized by the moon lighting up the serenity of this place that inspiration flows for her personal focus for a new school year. The question this year is: â€śWhat are the strategies to being super-motivated Seminolesâ€ť. She and her colleagues will brainstorm and develop a plan encompassing five steps she believes that will best seek to help students love learning, excel at Westside and their future careers.: (1) Sharpen School Skills; (2) Teach them to Tune in; (3) Set an A+ example; (4) Unstuff the afterschool schedule; and (5) Praise effort, not intellect.