It’s that time again, when our winter residents have returned and our social calendars are filled with fun events to welcome in a new season. We gathered a list of some of the popular events in the area. Mark your calendars and get your tickets early!
For the complete calendar and information on community events and activities, visit coastalbreezenews.com.
St. Matthew’s House Benefit Dinner
On Monday, January 15th, the Outreach Committee of San Marco Parish will sponsor the 11th Annual Benefit Dinner for St. Matthew’s House. The food and service are provided by workers from St. Matthews’s House. The event is $30 per person with a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM. For tickets call Joe Granda (239- 389-2823), Bill Roche (239-248-2157) or Tom Walton (239-821-7557), or stop by the San Marco Catholic Church parish office.
ARTini, Marco Island Center for the Arts
This new fundraiser on January 18, 2018, from 5:30-7 PM, will have some of the area’s finest and fun “mixologists” showcasing a signature ARTini. This is an event for those 21 and over. Creative cocktail attire. $50/members, $55/nonmembers. Event supports the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. For more information call 239-394- 4221 or visit marcoislandart.org.
Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance
Hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6-10 PM Dinner, 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes and baskets of cheer to be auctioned. Music by “Cahlua & Cream.” Tickets are $55 per person. Contact Anne Batte (239-394- 3563) or Mary Cay Moll (239-394-1016). The San Marco Parish Center is located at 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island. Visit Sanmarcochurch.org for more information.
The Marco Island Yacht Club’s annual Commodore’s Ball with evening colors will take place on January 20, 2018. For more information visit Marcoislandyachtclub.net or call 239-394-0199.
Woman’s Club Fashion Show
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 11 AM, the Marco Island Woman’s Club will host their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club. Tickets are $85 per person and reservations are required. For more information call Shirley Thayer at 239-642-0733 or visit marcowomansclub.com.
Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Party
The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron presents its annual Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 851 San Marco Road. Tickets are $25. Free food & wine, $250 door prize plus silent auction, raffles, 50/50. For ticket information contact Tippy Cavanaugh at 239-248-5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This three day festival takes place from January 26 to 28, 2018 at Stan’s Idle Hour Bar in Goodland. Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday, enjoy mullet and other fresh seafood along with arts and crafts, live music and the Buzzard Lope dance contest and crowning of the new Buzzard Lope Queen. For more information call 239-394-3041 or view the event “34th Annual Mullet Festival” on Facebook.
Chamber Board Installation/Leadership Graduation
On Saturday, January 27, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce will install its new 2018 Board of Directors and graduate the Leadership Marco Class of 2017. Enjoy dinner, dancing and celebration at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Cocktails at 6 PM, dinner at 6:45 PM. Tickets are $75 per person. RSVP by January 22. For more information call 239-394-7459.
ICCCF Golf Classic
The Island Country Club Charitable Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic will take place on January 29, 2018. At 12 PM is the shotgun start, from 11 AM-2 PM there will be a BBQ lunch, and at 5 PM, a Country Western Night with awards, auctions and raffle drawings. $225 per golfer, all inclusive, or $50 for non-golfers to attend Country Western Night. For more information visit icccfoundation.net or call 239-394-6661.
Fashion Safari –An Adventure in Style
This annual Fashion Show presented by the San Marco Columbiettes will take place January 31, 2018, with fashions from Kay’s on the Beach and Beach Daisy and catering by Frisco’s. Tickets are $50. To reserve, drop off or mail a check payable to San Marco CCW (with your phone number on check) at the San Marco Church parish office by January 22. For more information call Chris Ferris
Everglades Seafood Festival
Everglades City is gearing up for the annual Everglades Seafood Festival on February 9,10 and 11, 2018. This event has all the fun of a country fair with live music and fresh seafood. For more information visit www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org.
ACS Imagination Ball
The American Cancer Society Marco Island’s Imagination Ball will take place on February 10, 2018 at 6 PM at the JW Marriott Marco Island. Reach for the Stars To Find A Cure at this black-tie optional evening with cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, exquisite dining, and live entertainment. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information call 239-642- 6217 or email Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.
NCH Auxiliary Fashion Show
On February 15, 2018 the NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary will be hosting an annual Fashion Show/Luncheon and silent auction at Hideaway Beach Club. The event will directly benefit the Marco Island Healthcare Center and the delivery of quality healthcare available to all residents and visitors. Tickets are $55 per person. For more information call 239-393-4058.
Center for the Arts Gala
On Saturday, February 24 at 6 PM, Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold The Gala, themed “Once Upon a Time.” A memorable evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction at the Island Country Club. Black tie optional. Tickets are $225 per person. For more information visit marcoislandart.org or call 239-394-4221.
Historical Society Gala
The Spring Appraisal Faire Gala – “An Affaire to Remember” takes place on March 3, 2018 to benefit the Marco Island Historical Society. The special fundraising gala concludes the Faire from 6 to 10 PM at the Island Country Club on Marco Island with fine dining, dancing, silent auction and a live auction conducted by Wes Cowan and Ken Farmer. Black tie optional. Tickets are $225 per person. For more information visit themihs.org, call 239-642-1440 or 239-389-6447, or email: email@example.com.
Calusa Garden Club Flower Show
“Lights, Camera, Action” will be the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s 2018 Standard Flower Show, March 3rd & 4th at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. For more information visit calusa.org or The Calusa Garden Club on Facebook.
Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
Marco Island’s biggest event of the year takes place March 23 through 25 at Veterans Community Park. Enjoy shopping at the vendors, great food and music. All proceeds support the charitable giving of the Kiwanis Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club. Visit marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com and Marco Island Seafood Festival on Facebook for event updates.