Get lucky! Who is this local leprechaun? Be the first to post a comment with the correct answers for this leprechaun’s first and last name AND his company name. A gorgeous Ocean’s Reach beach towel awaits your arrival.
Here’s a clue: He was spotted at Bailey’s Shopping Center on St. Patrick’s Day at Sanibel’s Irish Fest handing out candy and kisses! Crowds gathered for their share of corned beef, Baileys Irish Cream, green beer, Celtic music and dance and loads of family activities. Another great way to spend a holiday on Sanibel Island!!
Discovery from the Golf Course at Lexington Country Club, Fort Myers
Sunday night, was a real eye popper as the participants of the “Barbara’s Friends” Charity Golf Tournament were treated to a spectacle in the sky from the Discovery launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida. What an amazing sight to behold. It lit up the sky at around 7:30 p.m. with an outburst of cheering from the spectators!
“Barbara’s Friends” is a well-known charity dedicated to cancer research and care in Fort Myers and led by Barbara’s father, Frank Haskins.
He’s a real fixture around Ocean’s Reach.
Post your comment with his first and last name AND the name of the company he represents. The first person to post a comment with the correct answers will win a FREE OCEAN’S REACH BEACH TOWEL that will await their next arrival.
Check back to the blog on Saturday for the correct answer and more about our mystery man at Ocean’s Reach!
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
Recently this photo taken by Dru Anne Doyle, popped up in front of me and all I could think of was the wonderful book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which was written by Richard Bach and published in 1970. More often than not we all see a group of gulls, or any birds, as a flock and not as individuals. After reading this book, I have ceased to look at any group as one. We are all individuals, even the gulls.
I know the story has been around for years and I am sure that many of you are familiar with it, but something about the story has always stuck with me and even today as I walked through the cold parking lot of Walmart in Northern Indiana, hearing a gull call above, I looked up and questioned in my mind, “Is that you Jonathan”?
In case you have never taken the time to read a story about a seagull who learns to fly, really fly, soaring above all the rest, I would urge you to do so. It is a relatively short book, only 93 pages, and such a totally unique and delightful adventure about freedom, flight and seeking a higher purpose in life. If perhaps you are a person that occasionally likes to make your own rules when you are convinced you are right, or someone who gets extreme pleasure out of doing something well, even if it is just for yourself, then I am sure you will find yourself soaring with Jonathan on his journey. He wants to learn to fly better than any other gull and chooses to go against his flock to follow his dream of being more than just ordinary.
We all have dreams, but few of us take the time to pursue them as Jonathan does in his story. The freedom of flight has been a dream of man for all time, and Jonathan takes us a little closer.
If anyone out there would like to read this book, I happened to find a place online where you can read the complete book for free, although it is still in print and could probably be found at the Sanibel Book Shop on Periwinkle.
It was also just released to DVD in 2007. If this type of read is not your style, at least take the time to look for the individual in the flock (or anywhere you look). It is well worth the look.
I was at Ocean’s Reach for 4 days the end of February to visit my friend and do some nature photography.Â Although I spent a lot of time at Ding Darling, the pond you cleared out near your picnic grove hosts many different kinds of birds and I didn’t have to travel very far to get some good shots.Â Â I thought you might be interested in a few of the birds I found around your pond.
Blue Wing Teal
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.