Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3-year-old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level.  While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they […]

Six days of thrills, chills and spills

By Matt Walthour I sometimes sit and wonder about the career my great grandfather and grandfather and other relatives before me had. Could I have endured what they did? Their job was often more exciting and often more dangerous than the average job. They rode a bicycle for six days straight and covered well over 2000 miles in less than […]

Open doubles tournament coming to Hideaway Beach

By Doug Browne The first annual Hideaway Beach Doubles Open will be played March 4-6, featuring 3.0 & 3.5 divisions for both men and women. There is a unique concept: The first sixteen teams in each division are automatically placed in the draw and then there is a waiting list. Players interested in competing in this new and exciting event […]

Subtle changes

By Capt. Pete Rapps February is a month where we have been seeing some subtle changes from January’s cold fronts and wind. The cold fronts are still hitting us, but seem to be a little less powerful. Water temperatures have been hovering in the high 50’s to mid 60’s, and if the daytime air temperatures continue to hit the high […]

The mystery of the missing stars

By Natalie Strom Year after year driving along the curvy road into Goodland I would notice small silver stars strung throughout the mangroves. As spring would approach the stars would be replaced by Easter eggs. I always found them to be endearing yet never knew why they were hung or by whom. My curiosity was recently spiked during a visit […]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival and the Fakahatchee SAFARI

by Patricia Huff The 7th Annual MSD Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, will be held February 22 through February 25.  At the age of 78, Marjory Stoneman Douglas became actively involved in environmental issues when she opposed a planned jetport along the Tamiami Trail.  She helped establish the Friends of the Everglades which encouraged the protection of […]

Randy Wayne White on Marco

What a treat we’re in for at Sunshine Booksellers, 677 S. Collier Blvd., where Randy Wayne White will be hangin’ out with Marco Islanders, telling a few fishing stories and signing his new book, Night Vision, on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from noon until 2:00. Randy began writing a couple of decades back when the marina where he worked as a […]

Nicholas Sparks at the ACS 2011

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Hope Ball, will be held at The Marco Island Historical Museum on February 26, 2011 and is a premier event for the local unit. This year, NY Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will be on hand. The evening begins with a private VIP reception and book signing at 5pm, followed by a cocktail reception, dinner, […]

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

By Joanne Tailele Published by Workman Publishing, New York 2006. Life is a Circus, or so they say. Jacob Jankowski remembers the saying well. In fact, he remembers it better than who his grandchildren are, or are they his great-grandchildren? Jacob is ninety something years old, living out his remaining days in a nursing home. When the commotion of the […]

Book Signing with Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

Sue Monk Kidd, best known for writing The Secret Life of Bees, which has sold over 6 Million copies worldwide, is one of Marco’s most famous residents. She and her husband, Sandy, have long been winter visitors, but have now decided to make Marco Island their permanent home. Her latest book, Traveling With Pomegranates, is co-written with her daughter, Ann […]