Here’s a close up photo of my new friend, the banjo man–Tad Greene. Again, on a run down the beach about 1 1/2 miles east from Ocean’s Reach, I heard a great concert of blue grass music. Head on down around 5:30 p.m. and look for this man. He’d love to have an audience or have you play along. He also takes requests. Are there any other blue grass fans out there?
Dru Anne Doyle
Concert on the Greene or Blue Grass on the Gulf
I didn’t know that beach walking could be so musically entertaining. Thanks to Tad Greene who is spending a wonderful Sanibel winter mostly shelling and serenading beach walkers like me! For a Kentucky woman, this plucking and strumming brought back a lot of college memories from Lexington, KY–the heartland of bluegrass music. Tad hangs out, during his spare time, jamming at The Lazy Flamingo or on the beach with fellow bluegrass musicians. He asked that I invite other musicians to join him. Look for him in the gulf waters strumming away at sunset between Donax and Loggerhead Cay. Blue Grass on the Gulf.
Dru Anne Doyle
In case you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, the weekend of March 5th, 6h and 7th, the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club hosted the 72nd annual Shell Fair and Show. It is the longest running Shell Fair in the country, with attendees from all over the world. It is a juried show with both scientific and artistic competitions in both the amateur and the professional category. Entries include entire shell collections as well as single rare shells. One room is devoted entirely to the artistic entries such as sailor valentines, jewelry, picture frames and lovely flowers. A visit to the Shell Fair shows the interest many people have in the shells and the animals that create these beautiful “homes”.
Ann Bumgarner spent some time at the show and was kind enough to share her description of the show and a few of her favorite photos.
Saturday night, February 28th, the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel held their annual spaghetti dinner in the Community Center to raise money for the various children’s agencies they support. The dinner is prepared on site and served in the main hall which can seat up to 240 people. The dinner is the main social event during the month of February and attended each year by more than 1,000 dinners. The food is plentiful and extremely good with every diner receiving a complete Italian feast consisting of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, toasted garlic bread and beverages… and it’s all you can eat! Everyone truly enjoys the feast, the entertainment and the fun of competing for exciting prizes at the auction and raffle that follow the dinner. This year one of the main items in the auction was a Marya Dabrowski necklace valued at $1295, which was donated by Lily & co. Jewlers. All of the proceeds from the dinner go to children and families in need.
The primary sponsors of the event are Bailey’s General Store, Bank of the Islands and Sanibel captiva Trust company. Many of the other local businesses show their support by donating items for the raffle and the auction.
If you are Sanibel next year during the annual event, I strongly recommend you attend, as it is an evening you will not soon forget.
Lisa Sherburne has been shelling on Sanibel Island since she was just six years old. This was her first junonia. She found it out in front of Ocean’s Reach condos at 9:30 pm, at low tide. Lisa acquired her shelling interest from her dad, Sam Bumgarner and her paternal grandmother, Lucile Bumgarner. Since marrying Lisa, Brad, her husband has caught the shelling bug and has become an avid and dedicated sheller as well. He found two pretty cones shelling the same night. They have a lovely collection in their home in Iowa.
Winter visitors to Ocean’s Reach enjoy many activities. Among them is a ladies golf group, that has been active for 10 years. Each Wednesday the ladies depart in several vehicles to head off island to the golf course. Along with Ocean’s Reach ladies, there are friends of the ladies from off island who join the group as well. Play is at Myerlee Country Club with an 8:30 shotgun. Each week the lady with the fewest putts wins the “pot” which consists of a dollar contributed by each participant. The highlight of the day is lunch where the discussion runs from golf to grandchildren and many of the worlds problems are solved at this gathering. Anyone interested in being a part of this fun group can notify the office who will in turn let Mary Ellen Paulson know. She is the group leader and handles scheduling duties, vehicle assignments and pairings. It is always a fun day with many laughs and definitely many fond memories. A good time is had by all!!
My morning walk starts at Gulf Side City Park Trail located just steps from Ocean’s Reach. You will find this great trail by walking or riding down Camino del Mar onto the shared use path. Proceed eastward towards the Sanibel Lighthouse as the path winds toward Middle Gulf Road and past the historic cemetery. You’ll see it on the left. It is well marked and has a bike path and an educational display. The trail is approx. 1/2 mile long, just perfect for a leisurely morning stroll.
I did a double take when I saw juggler #2 on Sanibel. Must be a new Sanibel pastime!
Meet Juggling Jeff! He entertains the family dining crowds Wednesday and Friday nights at the popular and newly opened “Biddles Bucket”. I have yet to verify their promised “Best Crunchy Grouper on the Islands” but they do pack the families in for dinner! They also have buckets of family games that can be picked up at the hostess station to play on the dining tables while you wait!
Hopefully, by the time you arrive, I will have taste tested the crunchy grouper unless somebody out there has already beat me to it. Can anybody let me know about their crunchy grouper sandwich? How many calories, etc?? Just kidding…
Meet Holly Moulder as she sits on the porch of the Sanibel Bookshop located on Periwinkle Way . Holly is the author ofÂ “A Cord of Three Strands”, which is soon to be released as a movie. If at all possible, purchase a copy and read before it comes out. It is a remarkable story set in 1838 about a young 13 year-old Cherokee Indian boy named John, and his journey on the march of the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians to the Oklahoma Territory. This march was to become known as the Trail of Tears. A 12 year-old runaway slave girl named Annie is headed North to freedom by the way of the Underground Railroad. How the two meet and later become involved with Abraham Lincoln, a lawyer, who would become the President of the United States is a riveting tale for all ages.
This is the second book Holly Moulder has written. The first one is titled “Eyes of the Calusa” and tells of a young Calusa Indian girl named Mara. Her story begins as a normal little girl living the life of her day, until she is captured by pirates and continuing with her amazing story of survival with the pirates, being sold as a slave at the Slave Auction and all the while struggling to escape to freedom.
Holly Moulder taught elementary school in Newnan, Georgia for 21 years and lives with her husband Don, in Sharpsburg, Georgia.
Be sure to stop by the Sanibel Bookshop to pick up copies of these two books and while you are there, take the time to browse the over 25,000 other titles. The Sanibel Bookshop is a great place to spend any free time.
Ask about the history of the beautiful handcrafted bowl Holly is proudly displaying!