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.
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.
“This is the first of the meteorite photos my brother has shared off his electron scanning microscope. I found about twenty on a short walk on the beach at Sanibel dragging a powerful magnet. I collected only about a teaspoon of black dust to bring home. They are prominent there due to the lack of any other magnetic debris on the beach. No nearby industrial incinerators pollute the air. Most meteorites I’ve ever found on one magnet. We always knew the beaches there were special!”
We loved hearing from longtime guest Dorothy P. from Elk Ridge, Maryland, who wrote:
“Here is a picture of my granddaughters on Sanibel. My granddaughter found this seahorse floating on the water in front of Ocean’s Reach. We could not believe the size of this seahorse. It measured approximately 3 to 4 inches. We showed it to several people on the beach and then returned it to the water.”
Thank you for the photo of your beautiful granddaughters, Dorothy! Can’t wait to welcome you back for your next visit … in just a few more days!
Completed in May 1963, the Sanibel Causeway took the place of a ferry that had been in operation since 1904.
While you’re on the Holiday Luminary Trail this year, stop by the Sanibel Historical Village where they will celebrate “A Sanibel ’60s Christmas, Change is on the Way” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1.
“You can’t look back on Sanibel in the ’60s without focusing on the biggest change the island has ever seen — the causeway,” said executive director Emilie Alfino. “The causeway led Sanibel to another historic change — incorporation as a city in 1974.”
The causeway opened May 26, 1963, and the people of Sanibel said goodbye to the ferries that had been crossing San Carlos Bay for nearly 60 years. The Kinzie Brothers, who had operated the ferry since 1904, conducted a farewell ferry cruise, accompanied by other vessels, even yachts. When the flag was lowered on the ferry, another flag was being raised on the bridge at the same time. The sleepy little island saw 1,200 cars cross the bridge in the first two hours.
Today, more than 3 million vehicles cross the causeway each year.
“Change really was on the way in the 1960s on Sanibel,” Ms. Alfino said. “When the decade started, the population on Sanibel was just 300 people.” In 2016, Sanibel’s population was 6,591.
The Historical Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). Admission is $10 for adults; those under 18 and members are free. There is handicap access at the village. For information, call 1-239-472-4648 during business hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.