The Marco Island Historical Society celebrated their 20th anniversary in a number of big ways! First, on Veteran’s Day, the MIHS unveiled and presented the “Veteran’s Memorial Wall,” the masterpiece of Malenda Trick. That wall depicted all phases of World War II, as well as other wars suggested by verbal contributors who were enthusiastic about her work. Malenda was shy about all of her talents, but the rest of us weren’t. There were cheers and congratulations throughout the packed museum! If you have not been by the Marco Island Museum yet, you’ll want to get there to see this marvelous wall and the paintings by Donald Sunshine which tell the story of Goodland. Just a personal note: It was a joy to see the pride and smiles all over the face of Malenda’s wonderful husband.
Next, the Marco Island Historical Society celebrated their 20th anniversary at Rose Hall for the Calusa Gallery Grand Opening and ribbon cutting. During the “Calusa Cocktail” and dinner hour, they featured presenters telling the story of the history of Marco Island. The room was filled to capacity! This museum is becoming one of the main focal points of Marco Island events and tourism. Their membership numbers keep growing as people see the importance of this historical facility. Hopefully most of our readers have already been there, but it changes constantly, so don’t miss the newest displays, which were unveiled at this 20th Anniversary Celebration. The rooms are filling up with artifacts and information, and new exhibits arrive regularly replacing others.
Next? They are already working on bringing some of the artifacts back from the Cushing Exploration, which are now housed at museums in Pennsylvania, London and the Smithsonian (which also holds the Marco Cat). Next year, the effort will be focused on bringing the Marco Cat back home where it belongs. The museum has a specially-built vault with the proper walls, windows, security, etc. which is required before the Smithsonian will even consider the transfer of this valuable piece of history. For now, the MIHS will swing into their new fundraising effort called “CATapult Campaign,” as they work toward this goal.
* You might have noticed the Collier Government Channel is now available to Summit Broadband customers. That means that Collier Television is available to all Marco Island condominiums and single-family homes on Channel 97 or 98, depending on where you live in the Summit Broadband network.
* One of the new restaurants in the Shoppes of Eagle Creek is BurgerFi — new to our side of Florida but popular on the East Coast. They pride themselves on being built according to environmentally sustainable best practices and include earth-friendly elements like chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66 percent less electricity. They maintain a strict recycling program for their oil, cardboard, bottles and cans.
All this and they feature great all-natural burgers, VegeFi burgers, Brisket Burgers and breakfast all day. They also feature New York style dogs, Chicago style dogs, Texas style chili cheese dogs, 100 percent Wagyu Kobe Beef dogs and chicken-apple dogs. Of course with all of these selections they also have Fresh cut fries, Crispy onion rings, “Cry & Fries” – onion rings and fresh cut fries — and six fry toppings.
The menu also includes frozen custard shakes, floats, cows, cups and cones, sundaes, pints on the run, and coffee mocha shakes. I’m not sure what a “Frozen Concrete” is, but they have ‘em! The flavors include Red Velvet, Key Lime, OMC (oh my, chocolate), Tropical freeze and Build-Your-Best. They also have a “Secret Menu,” so I won’t tell you what it says. They have a nice beverage selection, which includes soft drinks, beer and wine by the glass or bottle.
* While mentioning Shoppes of Eagle Creek, did you notice a new building pad located in front of The Fresh Market? That is the base for the forthcoming Panera Bread. They hope to be open for business by the end of January. Things are comin’ our way folks! It’s so much fun to see all the new development located closer to our side of town! There will be a lot more to write about as the weeks roll by.