Baboo Will Hug Away Cancer

The Imagination Ball will feature a very special guest, stylishly dressed in formal black and white. Baboo, a plush, huggable, stuffed panda bear has been sponsored by John R. Wood Properties and will be available for adoption for $100. Your adopted Baboo, along with your personal message of healing, will be delivered to a child in a local hospital. Cancer […]

ARTini Stirs Up Fun and Funds for Marco Island Center for the Arts

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is the place where island residents and visitors can gather to learn about art, to appreciate art and to celebrate art with all their senses. A very creative fundraising event, ARTini, was recently held at the Center. Featuring a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a selection of creative martinis, the event shook […]

Full Steam Ahead to the CCPS STEAM Conference


Lucky Seven! Seventh year, that is, of the science conference that Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) offers for all the students, parents and teachers of Collier County. This STEAM Conference was bigger, better and had more participants than any previous– about 1,600 was the count. For several years the acronym was STEM until it was changed to STEAM. STEM = […]

Leoma Lovegrove Brings Heartfelt Wishes for Peace to Marco Island

Leoma Lovegrove wears her art on her sleeve. Figuratively, that is. According to the “impressionist-expressionist” painter, the outward aesthetic of her paintings reflect her inner emotions. Her prints are neon-bright, exciting, and easily recognizable, often depicting scenes from her home in Matlacha, Florida. “My art’s very happy art and it’s serious art too,” she said. Lovegrove was recently at the […]

What’s Different,What’s New

Veteran Marco Island snowbirds are no doubt used to encountering changes to the community’s restaurant scene when they make their annual return to their refuge from winter’s wrath. The situation today is no different, with some new eateries having appeared over the last year, while still others have changed ownership or where they conduct business. What follows below is a […]

Sale e Pepe Names New Executive Chef

Sale e Pepe, the elegant Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico within the award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has named Antonio Minichiello as executive chef. Raised in the small, southern Italian town of Avellino, Minichiello’s love for cooking began at an early age alongside his mother and grandmother, eventually leading him to enter culinary school at age 15. After […]

Reach For the Stars to Find a Cure

The Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society and the Executive Committee of the 2018 ACS Imagination Ball cordially invite you to Reach For the Stars to Find a Cure, presented by Corrie Grado, on February 10 at 6 PM at the JW Marriott Marco Island. Imagine an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, set against the backdrop of […]

Pineapple Day

A Sweet Look at
Marco Island History

Marco Island is best known for it’s sandy beaches, pristine ocean views, and natural beauty. It seems like the island’s major exports have always been sunshine and tourism. But beneath the surface of our sandy shorelines, Marco Island is filled with a rich and fragrant history. A history that involves the production of a muchloved fruit: pineapples! According to Austin […]

New Art Flicks Series Begins

Marco Island Center for the Arts will present the first of the 2018 Art Flicks movie series, “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age,” on Tuesday, January 23rd at 10 AM. This movie highlights the arts of the American renaissance or what Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.” According to the movie’s writer, director and narrator Michael Maglaras, […]

Willy Wonka Jr. Comes to MIA Campus

Things will never be the same

Prior to the arrival of Performing Arts instructor, Chris Dayett in 2016, this show would never have happened. But then, Marco Island Academy never had an instructor with quite the credentials which Mr. Dayett brought to the job. (See “Chris Dayett Thinking Big,” from the 1/5/18 issue, at It took every bit of Dayett’s drive, experience and expertise to […]

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