Yes, people do get dressed up on Sanibel.
During the winter months many famous performers grace the stage at Big Arts.
Friday night March 27th Jil Aigrot, the singing voice of Edith Piaf in the movie La Vie En Rose performed. Andy was in attendance and enjoyed the concert immeasurably.
Pictured with Lee Harder, executive director is Aaron Weinstein.
For more info go to their web site at Big Arts.
Jazz guitarist, John Pizzarelli.
Executive Director, Lee Harder with Chicago Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein.
One sunny day this winter, Judy and Bob Groniger took their grandson Evan on the “Sanibel Thriller” The Thriller is a beautiful, new, fast 55′ motor yacht that cruises the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. They embarked on their trip from the harbor at Grandma Dots and headed around the Sanibel Lighthouse and out into the Gulf of Mexico. During this 1 1/2 hour narrated trip, the group saw lots of birds, wildlife and dolphins. The dolphins followed the boat most of the trip which was so exciting for Evan. On that particular day, the captain stayed out an extra half hour just so everyone could enjoy the dolphins. This boat also does trips to areas such as Boca Grande, Cayo Costa State Park and other areas for exploring,shelling and shopping. Needless to say, this trip was a Thriller for one and all.
Bob says that it is the most exciting boat ride he’s ever taken!
My favorite niece, Elizabeth (blonde hair with purple shirt), and her good friend, Danielle, spent their spring break at Ocean’s Reach recently. A fun afternoon was spent kayaking the back bay waters of the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on a guided 1 1/2 hour tour with a naturalist. Tarpon Bay Explorers offers great recreation and wildlife education for families and all ages and skill levels. Just prior to their launch, we were invited to attend a free “deck talk” on manatees. During the kayak tour, my niece and her friend burned enough calories to motivate them to participate in another favorite Sanibel recreational activity–eating monster cheesburgers, fries and shakes at Cheeburger Cheeburger.
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.