Florida Lifestyle at the Charter Club of Marco Beach®

Submitted Many owners at The Charter Club of Marco Beach® have been enjoying this six-acre beachfront playground for years. Now the world is discovering what vacation homeowners have known all along—that The Charter Club of Marco Beach® is among the top vacation destinations anywhere. Imagine starting the day with breakfast on your private balcony overlooking Marco Beach, watching staff hoist […]

Love of Reading Starts Early

By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? […]

Mother’s Gift to MIA Honors Father

By Barry Gwinn Anne Colpaert has raised three children on Marco Island. She has sent two to college and a third is attending Golden Gate Middle School. She was particularly close to her adoptive father, Joseph Colpaert and cared for him after he moved to Shell Point Assisted living facility in Ft. Myers six years ago. Her adoptive mother died […]

2016 Educational Garden Workshop Series

By Kris Morton, 2016 EGWS Co-Chair As each New Year approaches we strive to turn gardening challenges into enjoyable results. We started planning within weeks of our last Garden Workshop Series in March of 2015. After reviewing ideas for topics submitted by attendees our committee came up with what we hope will be a very interesting and diverse Educational Garden […]

Local History & Mysteries

Submitted Ghosts of Chokoloskee? Death of Ochopee? New books with these fascinating local histories will be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades on Saturday, January 16, in Everglades City along with arts and crafts by local vendors. Chokoloskee is the home of the famous Smallwood Store & Museum, which is the setting of the killing of Mister Watson, the subject of a […]

Historical Society Inducts New Board Members

Submitted At a recent festive holiday gathering at Bistro Soleil, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) welcomed new members to its Board of Directors. The 2016 additions to the Society’s leadership are County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Sonja Laidig and Linda Sandlin. “We are so proud of our Board of Directors,” said Pat Rutledge, the MIHS president and executive director. “The […]

Marco Island Writers Meet

By Maggie Gust Our new year is starting off with an exciting duo of guest speakers. On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome two members of the Seymour Agency. Literary agent Nicole Resciniti and Marisa Cleveland, executive director of R&D for Florida and New York, will share some pointers for those wishing to publish commercially. They […]

Let the Games Begin!

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee’s first fundraising event of 2016 begins on January 30 with tennis at Hideaway. Courts + Course Conquering Cancer will take place on Saturday, January 30. A full day of activity will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and includes a morning clinic with an area pro and a buffet lunch at the sports […]

Goodland’s Jukebox by Joanie

Submitted What began four years ago as a pilot program in Goodland, “Jukebox by Joanie,” has morphed into a popular way to become more physically and mentally fit, stronger and more confident, while enjoying camaraderie with neighbors and friends. Goodland ladies either walk, bicycle or use their golf carts to get to our community center for class. Some golf cart […]

Pastel Society Show at Center for the Arts

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is hosting the Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member Annual Show. The show, which runs through January 26, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. This show is not merely an exhibition; all of the outstanding art is for sale, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. The Southwest Florida Pastel […]