Tag Archives: Southwest Florida

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

An Eco Cruise for Every Interest

Submitted From hidden history to endangered species of the estuaries – the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers specialty-themed eco cruises of Rookery Bay on select Tuesdays. This relaxing and informative tour is led by a Conservancy-trained Naturalist. This is a perfect way to show your guests a piece of the real Southwest Florida. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, ... Read More »

L is For…?

“L Is For…?” takes place at La Serenata, a moderately upscale retirement community in Southwest Florida. Relax and spend some time with Louise (Mary Bryan), a Southern Belle who appears to be a cleaning fanatic, and Mark (R.E. Joyce), a lonely widower from Upstate New York. What is she up to? Will he even notice? Come see for yourself what ... Read More »

Bird is the Word! Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

By Maria Lamb  As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The great blue heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a nine-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Thank you to the staff at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC that the bird received ... Read More »

Arbor Day, a Treebute to Trees

By Maria Lamb On a beautiful Marco Island morning, members of the community along with dignitaries from the City of Marco Island gathered at Leigh Plummer Park to celebrate Arbor Day. Leigh Plummer Park is a City of Marco Island “pocket park” located at North Barfield and Piedmont Circle, dotted with beautiful mature native trees providing shade along the banks ... Read More »

Ken and Carol Knauf Affiliate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Marco Island – Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ken and Carol Knauf, have become part of our select family of Realtors. Both Ken and Carol became full time licensed Realtors in the high end western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio in 1975. Prior to commencing his real estate career, Ken was a vice president with a ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera presents Speed Dating Tonight!

Gulfshore Opera is proud to present the Southwest Florida premiere of a new American music theatre piece, Speed Dating Tonight!. An immersive, interactive comedy in one act, this extraordinary work tells the story of ordinary people looking for love in a post-millennial world.  Set in a nightclub with jazz ensemble accompaniment, Speed Dating Tonight! provides a perfect fusion of opera, ... Read More »

MIYC Welcomes New Bridge at Commodore’s Ball

Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) will hold its 15th annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony on Saturday, January 21, 2017, followed by the gala ball. The formal program includes the traditional Colors Ceremony and Change of Watch. Lois Dixon will be sworn in as the new commodore, taking over the leadership role at the Club as ... Read More »

Island Country Club Promotes and Hires

By Samantha Husted Island Country Club has seen extensive changes over the past year. The newest change comes in the form of both a promotion and a new hire. Dedicated employee and longtime Southwest Florida resident, Heather Hall, has been promoted to the Director of Membership and Marketing. New hire, Courtney Stevenson of Bonita Springs, has taken on the position ... Read More »

Young Dolphins of Marco Island It’s All About the Babes

By Maureen Chodaba The Rose History Auditorium was the place to be for the recent Marco Island Historical Society presentation of “Young Dolphins of Marco Island,” by certified Florida Master Naturalist Bob McConville. This renowned speaker is always known to draw a packed crowd, so it was indeed imperative to arrive early. But the audience did not wait idly as ... Read More »

Celebrating Southwest Florida’s Natural Habitat

By Jesus Calo  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted its 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on January 13-15. Guests had the opportunity to partake in over 30 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Guided field trips, birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours were ... Read More »

Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

  Bird is the Word by Maria Lamb   As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The Great Blue Heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a 9-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Our thanks to the staff at the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC ... Read More »

Pirate Day Marco Island

Submitted Get ready for Pirate Day, taking place at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for the Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, a dunk tank and ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Comes to Marco Island

On January 11, 2017, Gulfshore Opera brings to Marco Island an opera scenes program with five nationally recognized soloists and piano/chamber ensemble. Due to the expected demand for seats and request for a chance to meet with the performers at the following reception, the performance and after performance reception for premium ticket holder will take place in two locations. “Great ... Read More »

Florida Landscapes the Focus of Exhibit

Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is proud to present the wonderful photographic exhibit “Reflections of Florida” by John Brady. His artist exhibit will be showing in the Pauline Reeves Gallery of the museum during January and February 2017, with an Artist Reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades on Saturday, January 14, from 1 to ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

Women’s Events at Marco Presbyterian Church

Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church kicks off the Winter Season with a seminar and luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20. Registration begins at 9 AM; the seminar is from 9:30-11:30 AM with lunch immediately following. Keynote speaker Janet Custer will present her personal testimony on how God has led her to her current position as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center ... Read More »

Dashing Through the Hills

By Maureen Chodaba The Gulf Coast Runners (GCR) recently presented the annual Marco Island 5 Mile Hill Run. In its 39th year, it is historically the longest race in the 41-year lifetime of the GCR. Climbing through the Inlet Drive-Indian Hill area of Marco Island, it is known as the toughest course in Southwest Florida. For avid runners, it was ... Read More »