Tag Archives: music

BIG TIME AT GOODLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Lindsey Graham Comes to Town

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Yes, Goodland has a church. It has only about 35 members, a 61-year-old pastor, no board of elders, and only one deacon, but it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. (I will be doing a later article on its history.) We’re not just Collier County’s favorite tourist destination. On Sunday, March 12, ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

ICC Prepares for Golf Course Renovations

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) recently held a “Demolition Day” themed golf tournament event and BBQ to celebrate its upcoming golf course renovations. The ICC golf course will be closed from now until December 1, 2017 as it undergoes a complete modernization and refurbishment initiative. Golf course architect Dave Wallace designed the original course over 50 years ... Read More »

Rib Cook-Off Showcases Talent

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Brewery is once again hosting the Annual Rib Cook-Off, offering Marco’s talented chefs the chance to show off their barbeque skills. The event will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 12-6 PM. There will be music, raffles, and prizes. The judging will take place at 5 PM, and the competition promises ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

JAMFEST | The Little Concert That Could

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It was an uphill battle for young Jamfest creator Michael Bowen. Michael had the vision and some success with his first Jamfest, so, why not try it again? He had the bands all lined up, vendors were set, the field was rented, the event received publicity and it appeared the county gave a stamp of ... Read More »

Former Bridge Trolls State Fundraiser to Help One of Their Own

By Scott H. Shook The massive 7,230 acre fire in Picayune Strand State Forest in early March hit particularly close to home for Marco Islanders Caroline Snyder and JRobert Houghtaling. Their longtime friend and fellow “Bridge Troll” Steve Thomas was fighting for his life—and for his home as the fire raged. Thomas survived, and he saved his home. But his ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  What has readily become the biggest event of the season, the three-day Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival lived up to its reputation of great food and great music. “Each year we make a few changes and build on what works,” commented Stan Niemczyk, festival founder and chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the ... Read More »

Live Entertainment at La Tavola – Michael D’Amore and so much more!

By Maureen Chodaba La Tavola Restaurant and Bar, located at 961 Winterberry Drive, is well known for fine food in an atmosphere of casual elegance. But did you know that they offer live entertainment six nights a week in the lounge? On Mondays and Saturdays, you can hear the magical sounds of Greg Miller’s Motown. Check out Tuesdays for a ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Planning for the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival has been underway for months. All this effort means that everything you LOVE about the Seafood and Music Festival will remain, but, a couple of BRAND NEW features will surely knock your socks off! Being coined as “events within an event,” it couldn’t be more ... Read More »

The Woodwork Brings New Sounds to Marco

By Samantha Husted In an area like Southwest Florida where Jimmy Buffett “island style” music reigns supreme, it can be difficult for an indie band to stand out. It seems, however, that a group of four young Naples residents have done just that. It’s as if they came out of the woodwork (aptly naming their band “The Woodwork”) with their ... Read More »

Pitch Perfect Purduettes

By Jesus Calo It was once stated that music is the greatest communication in the world. In honor of music and the Purduettes 75th milestone anniversary, 60 collegiate performers took the stage at United Church of Marco Island. Who are the Purduettes, you ask? The ensemble was founded in 1942, when the original Purduettes fulfilled previously booked appearances of the ... Read More »

Avow Butterfly Release March 25, 2017 

The community is invited to join Avow at Cambier Park, Naples on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for its 12th annual Butterfly Release event. Festivities begin at 10 AM and will include children’s activities and a walk-through butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of live butterflies. Beginning at noon, a community memorial service will include inspirational readings, music, and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of ... Read More »

Pinball for Therapy

By Jesus Calo  Think back to a fond memory playing at an arcade. The rush when first walking in, the fun experience of winning prizes, and reaching a high score after a game of pinball. Think of the sounds of pinballs clashing and lights flashing. Believe it or not, there are scientific findings that playing games, such as pinball, can ... Read More »

Journey Across Religions

By Jesus Calo St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, hosted a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss: the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the land of India. This film contained remarkable ... Read More »

Kicking Off St. Patrick’s Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The recent Sons and Daughters of Erin’s annual Shamrock Dinner and Dance at the San Marco Church social hall was a fun and festive way to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone was Irish that night, and the room was filled with folks dressed in every shade of green. Guests enjoyed a traditional, hearty ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island churches, for more than three decades, have come together to hold a prayer breakfast, acknowledging the need for God’s blessing in our community’s affairs. The 34th Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 AM at the JW Marriott Beach Resort, Palms Ballroom. Music ... Read More »

Magical Harp Ensemble Wows Marco

By Maria Lamb People often associate the harp with angels wearing halos, floating on clouds playing the harp – depicted on holiday greeting cards, sacred texts, and religious art. The angels and harps took on more earthly qualities when St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosted the Naples Harp Ensemble on a recent Sunday afternoon, to a full house. Dickie Fleisher, principal ... Read More »

Fundraisers Embrace Art & Entertainment

Submitted The oldest non-profit community theater on Marco Island kicks off its 42nd season with its first-ever fundraisers celebrating the art of music and theater. Two fundraising events are planned this season: Donors are invited to join our “Cast of Caricatures” mural. Your caricature will come to life by fine artist Karen Swanker. “This is a unique and entertaining way ... Read More »

Collier’s Oldest State Park Celebrates 70 Years

Submitted Collier-Seminole State Park is turning 70 years old this year, making it the county’s oldest state park! To mark this historic occasion, the park is hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 18th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated campground at 10 AM, which will be followed by the celebration at ... Read More »