Florida Songwriters Benefit for Frank Thomas

J.Robert’s Florida Songwriter Showcase is gathering in concert at the Margood Harbor Theater May 19th from 6–9 PM for a one-time event to benefit Florida Hall of Fame songwriter Frank Thomas. Legendary songwriter, Frank Thomas, lost his historic “Cracker Palace” home located in Lake Wales, Florida, to a ravaging house fire recently.  As well as the loss of their home and […]

Parallel Harmonies: Art and Nature

The Parallel Harmonies: Art and Nature Exhibit runs May 22 to October 31, 2018 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. This collection of work by Cesar Aguilera, Paul Arsenault, Juan Diaz, and Katia Miranda celebrates the relationship between the artist and the natural world that inspires him or her. This relationship has evolved over the millennia and is still […]

‘Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen’ Book Debut

Naples resident and author Roy Eaton has debuted his first ever cookbook titled, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen.” The book follows the life of Stefanie Eaton, Roy’s late Greek-American mother. From her upbringing to the food she loved to cook, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen” pays homage to her talents as a chef and a homemaker while simultaneously providing readers hundreds of […]

‘Sweetified’ Pastry Chef Wins Wedding Cake Competition

An integral part of most weddings is the presentation of the cake. A wedding cake should be made with quality ingredients; it should look beautiful, taste good, and most importantly, offer guests an abundance of slices.  Marco Island resident Lexie Verbruggen knows a thing or two about designing the perfect wedding cake. Verbruggen owns Sweetified, a custom cake making business […]

Art Student Scholarship Winners Announced

Marco Island Center for the Arts exhibited the work of Collier County High School junior and senior aspiring artists, and each individual art piece was judged for its quality, technique and originality. The judges were professional artists Sandy Moore Howe, Emily James and Tara O’Neill. 2018 Scholarship Award Winners (Seniors) Marco Island Noon Time Rotary Award – 1st Place Scholarship […]

A Perfect Summer Thriller


“Maybe you should be a lawyer.” “I can’t think of anything worse.” This tongue-in-cheek observation is just one of the fun things you’ll find in “Camino Island” by John Grisham. It’s a quick a snack of a book, a summer read that’s as entertaining as it is engaging. The one and only John Grisham book I read was “A Time […]

Avengers – Infinity War: The Must-See Film of the Year!


“Avengers – Infinity War” marks the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s by far the biggest one to date. If you consider yourself a fan of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, or the Guardians of the Galaxy, then “Avengers – Infinity War” is a film you cannot afford to miss. However, […]

You Are What You Wear…2018


Years ago I wrote a story about how I could roughly figure a customer’s personality by the kind of wristwatch they might wear. I got many chuckles and also raised a few eyebrows out of joint regardless of the fact it was all in jest, and most of the time I’m fairly accurate. And you know what? The same can […]

Marco Island Rocks On

Residents and visitors flocked to Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park recently for the latest Island Rocks concert, presented by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. Musical performances by local favorites, Hot Damn Duo and The Manipulators, brought people out of their lawn chairs and onto their feet to dance. Throughout the day, children played, there were hula […]

Shop Local & Buy Artful Gifts!

Marco Island Center for the Arts’ Gift Gallery End of Season Sale  

Called by astute buyers as the “hidden jewel” on Marco Island, the Art Center’s Gift Gallery offers an innovative mix of original artwork, books for children and adults, glass art, greeting cards, special hostess and housewarming gifts, colorful jackets, unique jewelry, distinctive pottery, prints, inspired quilts, toys, woodwork and more. Items are handcrafted by local and regional artists. The Art […]

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