Back by popular demand after a sold-out run last season is the fabulous The Savannah Sipping Society!
Four Southern women, strangers to one another, are drawn together by fate and turn weekly happy hours into a mission to renew the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Their raucous humor and collective strengths see them through unexpected challenges and to their surprise; they realize it’s never too late to make lifelong friends.
The show plays June 14 through July 22 at the Off-Broadway Palm Theater.
Sanibel Island has clinched the 15th spot on Expedia’s second annual list of 50 top-rated destinations in North America.
“Sanibel has consistently offered world class beaches, shelling, shopping, biking, fishing, and dining, but our sustainable initiatives and undisturbed natural environment is truly what sets us apart,” said Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce President John Lai. “Sanibel truly offers the complete package for families of all seasons of life.”
Visitors fall in love with the island for all those reasons — from the peaceful J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge to the more than 25 miles of bicycle pathways and unique shops. Chosen destinations received at least 600 reviews and Sanibel rose to the top of more than 4,600 reviewed cities. It’s joined by Key West as the only two cities in Florida on the list.
“To be one of only two Florida destinations chosen in the top 15 of Expedia’s Top Rated Vacation Destinations in North America is quite an honor but as anyone who is fortunate to have vacationed on Sanibel would attest, it is well deserved,” said Mr. Lai.
Visitors are encouraged to make the Chamber’s Visitor Center their first stop for a superb island experience. The many insightful volunteers are always happy to answer questions 365 days a year. Visit the chamber’s website for where to stay, dine and shop on the islands: www.sanibel-captiva.org/”www.sanibelcaptiva.org.
The Sanibel Historical Village will offer free admission for all visitors on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village tells the story of Sanibel from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors.
The island’s way of life is recreated in a village of nine structures that have been relocated from their original sites, restored and preserved. Visitors trace the footsteps of the island’s past as they meander along a handicapped-accessible path lined with buildings that represent “old Sanibel,” as Sam Bailey used to say. Visitors can tour a pioneer home, fishing cottage, post office, schoolhouse, tea room, general store and more.
Learn more at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A full guided tour takes place at 10:30 a.m. at no additional charge, depending on the availability of a docent. The museum closes for the summer on Aug. 1 and reopens Oct.16.
The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Aside from Free Admission Day, admission is $10 for adults (18 and over). Members and children are free. For more information, call 239-472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.
“A small, secluded island accessible by boat or helicopter, Cabbage Key is beyond the real deal when it comes to experiencing the old Florida lifestyle.”
We found a wonderful article by Barbara Lindstrom, recently published in FLORIDA WEEKLY, that does a great job of portraying one of our favorite “don’t miss” experiences.
Read it here and you’ll soon find yourself worlds away!
The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Sea Turtle Hotline received a call last week reporting a sea turtle in possible trouble offshore. A male loggerhead sea turtle was found exhibiting abnormal behavior and having trouble surfacing for air.
SCCF staff quickly mobilized by first attempting to swim to the sea turtles aid; however, due to deep water, this was quickly realized to be ineffective. But thanks to Linda Linsmayer and Billy Kirkland (of Billy’s Bikes), who lent SCCF the use of their kayak and boat, staff and volunteers were able to stabilize the sea turtle and bring him to shore.
The turtle is now in the good hands of Clinic of the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.
Remaining at sea for the entirety of their lives following a short stint on the beach as a hatchling, this was a rare opportunity to encounter an adult male sea turtle. As a result of spending their entire lives at sea and therefore being the subject of much fewer research studies (compared to the more frequently encountered adult female population), much still remains to be discovered about adult males.
As researchers investigate the potential feminization of sea turtles in Florida, the dynamics of the male population become even more critical to understand. Every male is important to maintaining sustainable breeding populations and SCCF hopes that this turtle will be released into the wild following successful treatment and rehabilitation.
Founded in 1967, SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. To learn more please visit www.sccf.org or call 239-472-2329. Anyone who spots a sea turtle in distress can call SCCF’s sea turtle hotline at 978-728-3663 (978-SAVE-ONE).
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters come together for an unforgettable and colorful musical caper!
In Seussical, Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and JoJo, a little boy with a big imagination.
Seussical has been described as a “fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza” and plays at the Broadway Palm Children’s Dinner Theater through June 22. For more information, click here.
We loved this, Nola — Thanks for sharing!