The collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in the environmental epic The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis.
On Friday, Jan. 26, the author will be presenting two free programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., part of the 2018 “Ding” Darling Lecture Series at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
The New York Times Book Review called The Gulf a “beautiful homage to a neglected sea.” It won the 2017 Kirkus Prize and is a semi-finalist for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. The book views the gulf’s history, culture, and environmental value through the art and words of Winslow Homer, Ernest Hemingway, John MacDonald, and other artists and writers.
Before joining the University of Florida in 2003, Davis taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., specializing in U.S. environmental history. In 2002, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman.
His book Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001. His next work, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards.
Seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save one seat extra each and then may explore the Visitor & Education Center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time. For more information, click here.
Lily & Co. Jewelers introduces a new design for its exclusive ‘Sanibel Wave’ pendant. The latest piece features two dancing dolphins, one with a full body of pave diamonds to capture sparkling waters surrounding Sanibel Island. A juvenile dolphin has a diamond solitaire eye and jumps from Abalone and Mother of Pearl waves encompassed in an elegant halo of diamonds.
“The Sanibel Wave pendant has been a huge hit, so we felt it was time to create a new piece,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. “The new design truly captures one of the most treasured experiences you encounter on the islands – playful dolphins.”
The pendant features Abalone and Mother of Pearl, both natural shells from various countries of origin such as The Philippines, Australia and Tahiti. The Abalone is a type of gastropod shellfish that has an ear-shaped shell, while the Mother of Pearl is the iridescent internal layer found in certain mollusk shells. “The two together with a 14-karat-gold backdrop is striking,” noted Schuyler.
The original Sanibel Wave pendant has been a favored selection for both visitors and residents. Its award-winning design features genuine blue topaz to capture the color and movement of the island waters set in a brilliant diamond circle. The Sanibel Wave collection is part of a truly amazing selection of handcrafted jewelry available at Lily & Co.
The four-legged friends at Lily & Co. Jewelers, Lily and Angel (plus their owners: Sanibel-Captiva Realtor Karen Bell and jeweler, G.I.A. Gemologist Dan Schuyler) invite you to come check out the latest jewelry trends and tips every week. Lily & Co. is Sanibel’s only jewelry gallery, combining couture jewelry, fine art and giftware all in one location at 520 Tarpon Bay Road, across from Bailey’s.
Ocean’s Reach has been pleased to host Ann Nieman, director of the BIG ARTS production of Noises Off, the wildly outrageous comedy playing at the Strauss Theater until February 17th.
Ann’s past credits on Sanibel Island include Lend Me a Tenor and Stepping Out.
An award-winning director/choreographer, Ann has created over 200 productions for respected regional theaters across the U.S. and Europe, most notably 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Evita, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Me & My Girl.
Together with BIG ARTS and Sanibel’s lively theater community, we welcome Ann back to the island!
The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform music from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, as part of a video/movie experience.
The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ score.
CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Con- sumer Products created the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
Justin Freer, president of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”
The Southwest Florida Symphony is Lee County’s professional orchestra and one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Over more than half a century, the Southwest Florida Symphony has grown to a roster of 65 musicians. Each season, the musicians present a series of five Masterworks concerts, three Pops concerts, a Holiday Pops and a Small Stage Symphonies series. Under the direction of internationally renowned Maestro Nir Kabaretti, the symphony continues to provide world-class music in paradise.
>> What: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
>> Who: Southwest Florida Symphony and Harry Potter Film Concert Series
>> When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20
>> Where: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers
m; SWFLSO.org, 418-1500 or at the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office
>> Tickets and info: www.harrypotterinconcert.co
“Over 40 years.”
When we asked longtime guest Harold B. from Hartford, IL just how long he’s been searching for a junonia, that was his answer.
And we believe him. The amazing shell — which is considered the island’s most coveted seashell due to its elusiveness — is rare indeed. And Harold’s was one of the most perfect and prettiest we’ve ever seen!
The species is named after the ancient Roman goddess Juno. The Scaphella junonia belongs to the volute family, a species that lives in water from 29m to 126m in depth. Because of its deepwater habitat, the shell rarely washes up on beach. But when it does, boy oh boy, is there a lot of excitement to go around!
Harold found his Junonia right outside on our Ocean’s Reach beach. He’s pictured above with Lisa, who was almost excited as he was. Congratulations, Harold!
Self-proclaimed “bird nerd” Noah Stryckerset a worldwide Big Year record in 2015. His book about the experience, Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, was released in late 2017.
Strycker starts out the 2018 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series on Friday, Jan. 19. He will be presenting three free programs at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
Oregon birder Strycker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Associate editor of Birding magazine, the author has written two other well-regarded books about birds — The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human; and Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica. Strycker is a regular contributor of photography and articles to major birding magazines and other media. He blogs regularly for the American Birding Association.
Strycker will sign copies of his book, available for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store, following the lectures. Proceeds from the Nature Store sales directly benefit refuge wildlife, education, and research.
Seating for the lectures will be limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save one extra seat each and then may explore the Visitor & Education Center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time.
As usual, Wildlife Drive closes on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the free Visitor & Education Center, Indigo Trail, and recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s official recreation concession located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation Area.
One of the funniest shows ever is playing at the Strauss Theater now through February 17th. Don’t miss your chance to see “Noises Off” for your first time, your second time, or in Dina’s case, her fourth time — Yep, she loves this show! The whole Ocean’s Reach gang is going to see it tonight and she can’t wait!
“If laughter is the best medicine, this flawless show is capable of curing double pneumonia.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“Noises Off” is a laugh-out-loud farce surrounding an opening night performance of a play called “Nothing On.” The show is just hours away from opening and the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal. Things could not be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it’s complete pandemonium… and we haven’t even reached intermission!