Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will be signing copies of her latest novel, 'Last Light Over Carolina,' at the Sanibel Island Bookshop on Jan. 23.


 "Monroe coming to Sanibel Island Bookshop in January"

Mary Alice Monroe will appear at the Sanibel Island Bookshop, located at 1571 Periwinkle Way, on Friday, Jan. 23 starting at 11 a.m. She will be reading from and signing copies of her latest best-seller, "Last Light Over Carolina."

Monroe has written stories for as long as she can remember. As a child, she could always be found curled up with a book or writing. One of her strongest memories is her first trip to the public library. She couldn't believe all those books were there for her! When they gave her her first library card, she felt as though she'd been given the keys to a candy shop for her imagination. She still feels the same thrill in libraries and bookstores, just browsing through the books.

Mary Alice claims much of her creative spark came from her large and very close family. Growing up, she and her nine brothers and sisters wrote and performed in their own plays and musicals. Some wrote, painted, sang or played instruments. Her teachers recognized her talent and encouraged her to write. She first pursued nonfiction and studied journalism. Later, she was the assistant to the General Editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and worked with world famous artists, authors, composers and scientists as EB III was developed.

After an extended trip to Japan with her husband, Monroe studied Asian culture in earnest. She was awarded a fellowship and earned her master's degree in Asian Studies and became bilingual in Japanese. Later, she helped establish a government-funded English as a Second Language program for Southeast Asian refugees. Working with immigrants and helping them integrate into American society, Mary Alice co-authored an English-language survival text.

Not until years later did fate intervene. When her doctor confined her to bed for the final months of her pregnancy, Mary Alice's husband handed her a yellow notepad and pencil and urged her to write the novel she had always dreamed about. Knowing she might never again have that gift of time, she wrote and wrote.

"I gave birth to a baby and a book," said the author.

A dozen books later, Monroe has found her voice in fiction. Although known for her intimate portrayals of women's lives, her writing has gained added purpose and depth with her move to the Lowcountry. An active environmentalist, she draws themes for her novels from nature and the parallels with human nature, thus drawing attention to various endangered species and the human connection to the natural world.

Mary Alice is involved with several environmental groups and is on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium. Her work with these groups provided the inspiration for her novels "The Beach House," "Skyward," "Sweetgrass," Swimming Lessons" and her children's book, "Turtle River." She is currently working on her next novel, due out in spring 2011.

Don't miss out on attending this exciting island event. If you have any questions or can't make the event, please contact the Sanibel Island Bookshop at 239-472-5223. They can reserve a signed copy for you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Island LifestylesQ&A with Cartoonist, graphic artist Dave Horton


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town called Kankakee, Ill. It was rated the worst place to live in America a few years back. Kankakee is the exact opposite of Sanibel.

The gangs at the school I went to had a certain respect for cartoonists, so I only got beat up every other day.

What brought you to Sanibel?

My wife Diane interviewed for a job at Lee Memorial Hospital. Her boss took her to Sanibel for lunch and she fell in love with the island.

Later on, my brother (Lee) and I bought Sanibel Print & Graphics, produced a comic panel and the rest is history.

What do you appreciate most about the islands?

It's unlike any other place I've been. I think everyone knows what I mean.

It's a wonderful island. The only thing that would make it better would be to have a Chinese-food joint and a bowling alley. OK, scratch the bowling alley.

We hear you are a cartoonist. How did you get into that creative line of work?


I worked with Hallmark cards for years. Then we moved to Florida and approached the newspaper with our tourist/wildlife concept.

The big surprise to us was that they actually published it! Wa Haaa! suckers! Now the cartoon is published in island newspapers all around Florida, but Sanibel was the first.

What is your favorite cartoon? Why?

"Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson. He's a genius.

Also, "Peanuts", I am a member of the National Cartoonists Society and I met Charles Schulz at an annual meeting. It was a great experience until he borrowed $20 from me and died a year later.

You have some pretty funny, clever cartoons. Where do you draw your inspiration?

This is the most asked question of all cartoonists in the cartoon world. I only have two words for you... Diet Coke. (I can't believe I gave away the, secret.)

What do you hope to accomplish when you draw cartoons? Is there a message you try to get across?

My first hope is to make people laugh. Second I hope that people will get the joke. I've been told that I have a distorted view of life. I guess that's a nice way of saying "You're Sick!"

How does someone break into the cartoon world?

Never give up. Perseverance.
Did you dream of becoming a cartoonist when you were a child?
Yes. My mom says I was drawing cartoons on everything in the house from the time I was born. My dad was a college president so I had plenty of fancy letterhead paper to practice on.

What do you do when you are not creating cartoons?

I play terrible golf, worse tennis and I run half marathons at a snails pace.
I also teach cartooning classes to kids on Sanibel. As I have gotten more popular, young people seek me out mainly to ask, "Do you know the guy who draws Sponge Bob?"

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm 45 years old, but I read at a 47 year old level.

I jumped off the highest bridge in Canada. I was once featured on David Letterman. I have cat-like reflexes and the strength of 10 men. (Only half of these are true.)

What is your family life like?

I've been married for 21 years to Diane (a pediatric dietitian) and have three children, Nicole (15) Genevieve (12) and Alexander (6) Basically I'm a chauffeur, a cook and an ATM machine.

What are your long/short-term goals?

Long term: I would like to get nationally syndicated.

Short term: I need to clean the cat box.

You appear to be a pretty happy, easy-going fellow. What do you attribute your joy of life to - your inner happy cartoon character if you will?

I have many great friends, customers and a nice family that keep me in good spirits. I like to relax by taking long walks on the beach, as long as a giant squid doesn't grab me and pull me out to sea.
By ELLA NAYOR, enayor@breezenewspapers.com

Sanibel landmark opens Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s


Sanibel resident Lydia Lloyd, the 112th customer, received a book of coupons good for one free drink on the 12th of every month for 12 months.

Bailey's General Store opened its most recent addition on Saturday, known as Coffee Bar @ Bailey's. Guests were able to sample the menu, which includes 37 varieties of hot and cold drinks.

"Coffee Bar @ Bailey's is for our guests who were looking for a quality coffee drink that they could enjoy without the hassle of long lines or having to brew it at home," said Richard Johnson, Bailey's General Store general manager. "Bailey's is where Sanibel shops and we are delighted now to be offering Sanibel's 'Best Coffee Bar None'."

Both the 12th and 112th customers were each awarded a coupon book good for one free 16oz. drink on the 12th of every month for 12 months. Shirley from Richmond, Virginia was the 12th customer and Sanibel resident Lydia Lloyd was the 112th customer, both on Saturday afternoon.

Bailey's General Store has contracted the day-to-day operations of Coffee Bar @ Bailey's to Blanaid Colley and her staff of baristas and servers.

"We are so pleased to be able to serve the residents and visitors of Sanibel, and especially the guests of Bailey's General Store," said Colley, who is overseeing the operations of Coffee Bar @ Bailey's.

Guests will enjoy espresso-based coffee drinks, including latts, espressos and cappuccinos, frappuccino-style cold drinks, smoothies and even Italian cream soda. Loyalty cards are available at the counter and reward customers with a free drink for every nine purchased.

Coffee Bar @ Bailey's is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. just inside the entrance to Bailey's General Store, located at 2477 Periwinkle Way. A grand opening and Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 239-577-0026 or visit www.sanibelcoffeebar.com.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tween Waters hosts boat decoration contest

'Tween Waters Inn will be hosting a boat decorating contest on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 at the resort's marina.

This will be the first time the resort has hosted a boat decoration contest.

"My marina manager, Harry Cullen, came up with this as a way to promote the marina," said 'Tween Waters general manager Jeff Shuff. "If it works out, we'll make it an annual event."

Shuff says members of the public are welcome to come out to the 'Tween Waters marina to watch the contest and enjoy the holiday decorations.

The event will begin after dark today and tomorrow at the marina, located at the back of the resort.

"We know the marina is sold out and we're expecting a good crowd," Shuff said.

And according to Shuff, there will be a few amazing prizes awarded to the folks with the best boat decorations.

"First place will win a two night stay at 'Tween Waters Inn, second place will win a two night stay at the marina in your boat and third place will win dinner for two at the Old Captiva House."

For more information about the marina at 'Tween Waters, call 472-5161.

'Tween Waters Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive.

By JANE BRICKLEY

VIP Realty Group names top November producers for Sanibel office

VIP Realty Group, Inc. of Sanibel recently announced the top sales producers for the month of November.

"The Marketeers" - consisting of Jason Lomano, Jim Artale, John Nicholson and Ken Colter - have woven their considerable expertise into an Elite Real Estate Team in order to serve the needs of Southwest Florida real estate customers more effectively. This team offers over 70 years of experience to their clients. Year after year, their combined efforts have lead them to be one of the most effective real estate teams in Southwest Florida.

Since 2002, The Marketeers have received the prestigious "Florida 100" award, placing them amongst the Top 100 producing real estate professionals for the entire state.

Lynda Traverso was recognized as the Top Sales Agent and has been selling real estate on Sanibel and Captiva since 1988. Having closed over $300,000,000 in sales during her career, she remains one of the island's top producers.

In 2006, and again in 2008, Lynda was named leading residential sales associate for all of VIP's Southwest Florida offices in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Sanibel/Captiva. She is also consistently a member of VIP Realty's Chairman's Club, an honor reserved for VIP Realty's top producers.

The McMurray-Nette Team is comprised of Mike McMurray, Trevor Nette, Brooks Selby, Arika Bjorkedal and Lisa Marth. They have been recognized as the Top Listing Team and overall Top Producer Team. The McMurray-Nette Team is a partnership of trust and commitment that each and every team member brings to their clients so that their real estate experience is as special as it can be. They are dedicated to every person who comes in contact with them and they make it a point to offer the highest service.

Rose Dakos has been recognized as the Top Producer for the month of November. Whether you're buying that special property or selling and ready to make a move, her goal is to make your real estate dreams come true. Rose has been a consistent top producer in real estate on Sanibel and Captiva Islands for over 20 years. Her commitment to you is to work with every facet of our transaction from start to finish.

Glen Simmons has been recognized as the Top Listing agent for the month of November.

VIP Realty Group, Inc. has provided Southwest Florida with a full range of real estate services for more than 25 years. As the largest locally-owned residential real estate firm in the region, VIP Realty offers services in new home sales, resales, relocation, annual and vacation rentals, and property titles.

Submitted by LISA FERRARA

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Twilight Café

Twilight Cafe invites you to join Santa Claus and his helpers - Minnie Mouse and Winnie The Pooh - for a special Breakfast Buffet this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Twilight Cafe is collecting new, unwrapped toys for donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County now through Christmas Day. To continue this giving spirit, buffet attendees who bring a toy will receive one free child's meal per adult per gift.

The Breakfast Buffet will feature everyone's favorites such as eggs, bacon, sausage, Eggs Benedict, French Toast and potatoes. Twilight Caf's regular menu will also be available. Price is $15.95 for adults and $9.95 for children, unless a toy is donated.

Twilight Cafe is located at 2761 West Gulf Drive. Call 472-8818 for more information. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Only dress rehearsal tickets remain for Dancing with the Islands’ Stars

With all tickets sold for the first annual Dancing with the Islands Stars, the committee chair has made the decision to have dress rehearsal night added to this exciting fundraising event.

Dress rehearsal night will be held Friday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House as an additional opportunity to watch the event in a dress rehearsal setting. Marge Meek, event chair has said "This event has been so well received, we are pleased to offer an additional attendance night and please don't forget to support your favorite dancer and vote (donate)."

This fundraising event is becoming more fun and more competitive and your votes are essential in supporting your favorite islands' star dancer. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards much needed facility improvements and programs for the Sanibel Community House. Visit one of the blue boxes for voting (donating) located around the islands: Bank of the Islands, Bailey's General Store, Billy's Rentals, Head To Toes by Tina, Lily & Co., Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, The Mucky Duck, VIP Realty and the Sanibel Community House.

The six islands star dancers preparing to dance for you are Craig Albert, Karen Bell, Liddy Johnson, Billy Kirkland, Linda Naton and Susan Scott. The dancers and their professional dance partners from Fred Astaire Studios, emcee Richard Johnson, judges Rick Zurbriggen, Marjorie Nordstrom and Bobby Logue, videographer Rusty Farst, hostess Evette Zurbriggen and DJ Frederick Sunde will all be part of the dress rehearsal night.

Drinks will be available for purchase and dress rehearsal night tickets are available for $25 each. Call 472-2155 or come in to the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Thanks to the event sponsor, the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, for making this event possible.

Submitted by KIMBERLY LA BAR

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"


Holiday decorations across island evoke the true spirit of the season

 "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"

Some folks may have noticed an increased amount of red and green around the islands of late, a handful of wreaths, ribbons and bunting, plus an assortment of inflatable decorations featuring shapes and faces familiar to both young and old.

Looks like the holidays have arrived!

Residences and businesses have joined forces in welcoming the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa season to Sanibel and Captiva, with the return of the traditional Lions Club tree lot to Bailey's Center, scores of characters - Santa Claus and his elves, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the sort - adorning lawns and storefronts, plus twinkling lights of all colors and styles wrapped around the trunks of palm trees.

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is all decked out for the holidays, too, after a group of spirited volunteers spent two days decorating each building in The Village.

"They're all volunteers, and they'll be decorating each of the seven buildings within the museum," Blair Wyatt, coordinator of the decorating committee, said on Monday. "They are simple decorations like the ones that might have been seen on early Sanibel."

Many decades ago, Brazilian peppers, Spanish moss, shells and garland made from paper were used in holiday decor, Wyatt noted.

The Village Christmas tree, located in the Old Bailey General Store, is a seven-foot Douglas fir, again donated this year by the Sanibel Lions Club.

In keeping with the holiday season, the museum is selling an exclusive Luc Century etched glass Sanibel Lighthouse ornament/suncatcher as well as beautiful, handcrafted shell wreaths fabricated by Joan Emilius and Peggy Henward.

"There are only about 30 wreaths, and they completely sold out in minutes last year," Wyatt added.

This Friday, Dec. 4, the Museum & Village will offer a free tour to those who purchase an ornament ($45) or wreath (priced from $60 to $75). The Village Gift Shop is in the Bailey Store; shoppers may go directly to the store without paying museum admission.

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Sanibel history, is located at 950 Dunlop Road and open on Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call 472-4648 during normal business hours.

Also on Friday, Sanibel Mayor Mick Denham, Vice Mayor Kevin Ruane and members of City Council will officiate at the Bailey's Center tree lighting starting at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will take place during the Bailey's Center Merchants' Association (BCMA) "Silver Luminary Celebration" at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road.

Live music will be performed throughout the evening. Santa will be at the Bailey's Center from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. to take photos with children and families. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks will also be served while many BCMA merchants will be welcoming their customers, clients and guests with extra festivities to mark the occasion.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Luminary Festival of the Islands, guests are invited to wear their finest silver attire and accessories. All are welcome to attend this free community event.

Other Luminary Festival details (SUBHEAD - BOLD)

The 25th Annual Luminary Festival is an islands-wide holiday event that brings together residents, visitors, businesses and organizations, promoting goodwill and community spirit.

As participants "travel the trail," look for several fun and festive places to stop and enjoy. Once again, there will be complimentary trolley service, visits and photos with Santa, a live nativity scene, music and activities for the entire family.

On Sanibel, Luminary Festival participants include:

East End/Seahorse Shops - Reggae band and refreshments

Sanibel Island Book Shop - Book signing, music and refreshments

Jerry's Center - Pictures with Santa and refreshments

Sanibel Community Church - Live nativity, music and refreshments

Tahitian Gardens - Cracker Blues Band and refreshments

Forever Green - Refreshments

Periwinkle Place - Pictures with Santa, entertainment and refreshments

Sanibel Congregational Church - Boutique, music and refreshments

Sanibel Community House - Santa's Workshop, Cypress Lakes Choir and cookie decorating

The Village Shops - Guitarist Michael David and refreshments

Hungry Heron Plaza - Refreshments

Tower Gallery - Refreshments

Olde Sanibel Shoppes - The Sanibel School Choir and refreshments

Bailey's Center - Gospel choir, music and refreshments

Participants on Captiva will include South Seas Island Resort, R.C. Otters, Keylime Bistro, Cantina Captiva, The Bubble Room, The Mucky Duck, Island Store, Royal Shell, Captiva Pizza & Yogurt and The Green Flash.

There will be 13 trolley stops along the trail, including East End/Seahorse Shops, Jerry's Center, Tahitian Gardens, The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater/Sanibel Community House, The Village Shops, Hungry Heron Plaza, Tower Gallery, Olde Sanibel Shoppes and Bailey's Center. Trolleys will operate from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Sponsors and special contributors for this year's Luminary Festival include ShopOnSanibel.com, SandCastles, The Cedar Chest, CROW, the City of Sanibel, Waste Pro, Sanibel Fire Rescue District, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, ABWA, Zonta, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Adventures In Paradise, South Seas Island Resort, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Hillgate Communications, Sanibel Community Church, Sanibel Congregational Church, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 'Tween Waters Inn, Giggles, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Sanctuary Island Electric, chamber staff, ambassadors and volunteers as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

For additional information, call the Islands of Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce at 472-1966 or visit http://www.sanibel-captiva.org/.

By JEFF LYSIAK, jlysiak@breezenewspapers.com

CROW's annual Giving Tree Festival returns this Sunday


CROW has put the final touches on its spectacular Fourth Annual Giving Tree Festival, scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 6 at The Sanctuary Clubhouse and the event looks to be a sellout this year.


Our sincerest thanks go out to The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, the premier event sponsor.

"The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company supports many local organizations who work to protect our quality of life for both current residents and for generations to come," said Al Hanser, Founder, CEO and co-chairman of the company. "Our team is proud to help the CROW team in their efforts to care for and protect our remarkable and diverse native wildlife."

CROW board member Daniel Moore-Thompson, chairman of the event, has organized a talented group of designers for the evening's silent auction featuring themed holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, raising important philanthropic support for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). The popular "Unique Boutique" will include local ornaments, tree skirts and stockings not sold anywhere else, as well as Luc Century champagne flutes designed exclusively for CROW.

Highlighting the evening will be The Giving Tree, which offers guests the opportunity to donate to crucial needs for the hospital including food for patients, fellowship and student programs, as well as rescue and education. We are grateful to have Drs. PJ Deitschel and Amber McNamara to answer any specific questions concerning the delicate care this hospital provides. New this year will be a table offering CROW memberships for holiday gift giving.

The event will begin with a complimentary wine happy hour to toast the holiday and friends followed by the culinary delights of The Sanctuary chefs which include homemade pastas, carving stations, salads, and of course gourmet deserts all while enjoying the delightful music by Johnny Ray.

"All these elements create a perfect evening while supporting the necessary mission of CROW," said Carol Rothman, acting development coordinator and event committee member.

Other Giving Tree event sponsors include Bank of the Islands, Friends of CROW, Steve and Mandy Greenstein, Roberta and Philip Puschel, Sanibel Island Taxi, Suncatcher's Dream, and Susan and Bob Tucker. We thank them for their generous support.

Local artists and designers include Donna Sue Andazola, Jaye Boswell, Inga Bredahl, Luc Century and Dee Serage, Greg and Diane Cortese, Cathy and Carly DeGennaro, Mary DeMic and Zoe Cohen, Susan Gordon, Fran Grant, Liz Gresham, Liz Kennedy and Ann Potter, Lily & Co., Bonnie Moore and Carol Weissman, Kym Nader Interiors, Pandora's Box, Tom Service, Suncatcher's Dream, Melinda Graham's Surroundings, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Merrill Taylor, Birgie Vertesch and Anita Pinder, Kevin Vertesch, and VIP's Jim and Karen Hall.

Tickets for the Giving Tree Festival are $100 each, but there are only a few left! Call for reservations now at 395-0050 ext. 2 and give the gift that makes a difference all year long.

"CROW relies heavily on private donations to operate, and events such as the Festival bring in the necessary annual operating support for CROW," said board president Susan Tucker.
by CAROL ROTHMAN

2010 ABC Sale t-shirts have arrived at the CCA


The 2010 ABC Sale is only months away and, just in time for Christmas, Captivans can begin picking up their own commemorative ABC Sale t-shirt at the Captiva Civic Association.


"The artwork was done by Lauri Kaihlanen. He's a very popular artist here on Captiva. Lauri did a really nice job of incorporating Captiva landmarks - the Island store, the fishhouse, the Chapel-by-the-Sea, the CCA office and Lauri's painted mailbox at the post office," said Sharon Brace of the CCA.
Captivans interested in purchasing a t-shirt will have their choice of white and yellow haze, a kind of pale yellow.

Sizes range from youth small to adult double extra large. Each shirt costs $20.

"If people want to get one before Christmas they can get them at the office here weekday mornings between 10 a.m. and noon. It's helpful if they call first, 472-2111," Brace said.

After Jan. 1, the ABC Sale t-shirts will be available in front of the Captiva post office, though a sale schedule is yet to be determined.

The 2010 ABC Sale will take place on Saturday, March 6.

The Captiva Civic Association is located at 11550 Chapin Lane.
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Q&A with island singer, songwriter Danny Morgan


Danny Morgan doing what he loves best - singing to his fans.

Danny Morgan is like the island version of the Pied Piper. He seems to draw crowds with his gift of song where ever he plays.

Where did you grow up?

Kentucky is where I started growing up but to be honest I haven't completed the process yet.

What brought you to Sanibel?

A great friend from Cinti was playing at South Seas Plantation went to NYC to make a record for Atlantic, he called me to come fill in and he didn't come back all season so that started my love affair with the islands.

What were you doing before coming to Sanibel?

Playing music around the USA

What do you
appreciate most about living on Sanibel?

Walking the beach, the weather and the great community of interesting people.

Word on the island is that you are a singer. What kind of music do you play?

Wide variety from current pop to the "Great American Songbook" standards.

Our band plays all styles but the island style is the most popular. Many songs I have written are about island life, we play many of those.

What's your favorite style of music?

I love all music, but rap and hip hop don't come up on my radar much.

Do you have a favorite song?

Different songs for different moods. When I am painting paintings I love to listen to gypsy jazz (Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelly. Livingston Taylor has some great new songs, love Michel Legrand songs.

How long have you been a performer?

I had my first band making money at 10-years-old and it seems like I have been playing for 100 years.

What other musicians have you performed with?

I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of musicians some famous some not, among the not so famous my current band is fantastic, and a few of the famous include the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Barry Manilow, Joe Cocker, Bo Didley and Livingston Taylor.

What inspires you most about being a singer?

The journey to be better, it is never ending.

Can you describe your fans?

Fantastic! Fun, an interesting mix of ages and walks of life.

Where can people see you perform?

Traders, Captiva Cruises and Casa Ybel poolside, the rest is private parties and weddings.

What do you do for fun when you are not performing?

Painter by education and I love to paint. Being outside doing anything.

What is your family life like?

I am married to Amy and have two barking dogs and a crazy cat, but other than that pretty quiet.
What are your long/short-term goals?

Short term a new CD mixing my Kentucky roots with my current island perspective. New paintings. Long term - always striving to be a better person to other people.

What is one thing about yourself that people would be

surprised to learn about you?

That I majored in Fine Art and not music

You seem to be relaxed and happy with life. What is your secret to happiness?

Happy wife, happy life. Great long friendships. I love my work and
feel totally blessed to live and work on these incredible islands.
By ELLA NAYOR, enayor@breezenewspapers.com

Lily’s to sponsor community Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28


Lily & Co. Jewelers Holiday Celebration

The event is free, but guests are requested to bring a small unwrapped gift for a child

When people have something to celebrate, they tend get a bottle of champagne and clink some glasses of bubbly.
But not if you are Dan Schuyler and Karen Bell.

Not that the two business partners don't believe in toasting to good fortune and success. They just prefer to share their bliss with the entire community.

It is in this tradition of goodwill that Schuyler and Bell, co-owners of Lily & Co. Jewelers, have decided to put on a Holiday Celebration for the island community on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Lily & Co. will celebrate its third anniversary with an Island Appreciation event and the grand opening of the store's new wing.

The event will feature food, wine, art and musical entertainment by Andre and Soli. Valet parking will be provided. Free dance lessons by the Fred Astaire Dance School will be available as well, Schuyler said.

Guests are also invited to enter a special drawing to win an item of jewelry valued at $2,000. Tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six and will be available in advance. Guests are requested to bring an unwrapped gift appropriate for a child. Drawing proceeds and gifts will benefit Friends Who Care.

"This is a celebration," Schuyler said. "We want people to have fun, relax."

Three years ago, Bell, a Sanibel-Captiva Realtor, and Schuyler, a jeweler with 28 years of experience, opened the doors to Lily & Co. Jewelers, at 520 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel.

Schuyler and Bell brought with them the store's mascots and greeters Lily, a Labradoodle, owned by Bell and Gracie and Angel, two frolicking yellow labs belonging to Schuyler. The pooches have helped shape Lily's into a friendly award-winning jewelry store that gets packed with customers.

Their success over the past three years have led two expansions, the latest being an entire wing.

The new wing to be celebrated at the event now gives the store 3,000 square feet to operate with, Schuyler said. Within the new space are more showcases and wall units. The additional space allows Lily's to carry high end designer men's rings - some even made with dinosaur bones, hand-blown glass and sailor's valentines.

Some history about the building

This is the second Lily's has expanded since opening in 2006.

Lily's store is considered an historic building. It is listed on the National Historic Registry, said Sanibel Historical Museum and Village President Alex Werner.

Lily's store is the former Schoolhouse for Colored Children, Werner said.

And before that the building used to house the island's first Baptist Church in the early 1900's. The Baptist Church sold the building to the Lee County School District to be used for black American children when their sharecropper families moved to Sanibel. The Sanibel Historical Museum will use a grant to place signs denoting the former Schoolhouse for Colored Children in the near future, Werner said.
So Schuyler and Bell are elated to have received the blessing from the city and island patriarch Sam Bailey of the Historical Preservation Committee to build the new wing.
Schuyler and Bell work to preserve their shop's rich history.

At one time, the building once floated after the hurricane of 1926 blew through the islands. The building sits an angle instead of facing the street, Schuyler said. He also noted pulleys in the building's attic. The pulleys were once used to pull bells in an earlier part of the building's existence.

"I love the history about our building," Schuyler said.

Aside from being The Schoolhouse for Colored Children and a Baptist Church, the building used to be the Towers Gallery, a bank and - more recently - an orthopedic shoe store before becoming Lily's, Werner said. A vault was constructed in the building along with a drive-through window for the bank. The drive-through window was removed about a month ago.

Business sparkles through gloomy economy

Through an unstable economy over the past couple of years, the island jewelers not only survived but thrived.

"We are just in awe," Schuyler said. "I don't know how to put it in words. We
have been blessed from the folks on Sanibel and Captiva."

Schuyler attributes their success to the comfy feel of the store and its staff along with a supportive community.

Over the past few years, customers have come to Lily's to look for engagement rings, blingy mementos of time well spent on the islands and special remembrances. One customer, Carolyn McClaine ordered a custom-made more-than $30,000 ring in loving memory of her four rescue dogs.

"It really has been built by the people of Captiva and Sanibel," he said. "It's their store."

Leading community supporter

Aside from being a treasured jewelry shop, Lily's has served the community by hosting fundraisers for many of the local charities and non-profit organizations.

"We can support the people in need through our store," Schuyler said. "That

continues to be our vision."

Throughout the year, Lily's sponsors community events and parties that benefit that always benefit someone in need. Residents and visitors tend to be eager to head over to the events which can involve anything from dogs, Elvis

impersonators, Easter rabbits, hidden diamonds and dunk tanks.

Meet designers, check out couture jewelry

Aside from the fun and games at the celebration, guests will have an opportunity to meet with some of the designers that create the artisan jewelry at Lily's.

World-renowned couture jewelry designers Charles Krypell and Lecil Henderson will be at the event.

A native New Yorker, first generation jewelry designer Charles Krypell majored in sculpture, which can be seen in the jewelry he designs today. He creates one-of-a-kind colored diamond pieces and boasts a sterling collection.
Lily & Co. is a full-service jeweler, offering services from jewelry repair and
restoration, watch repair and battery replacement, engraving services, bead and pearl re-stringing, pewter and holloware repair as well as appraisal services.

Lily & Co.'s P3 - or Positively Precious Program - enables them to purchase previously worn jewelry, stones, and fine stemware from customers for liquidation purposes.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Lily & Co., call 472-2888 or visit www.lilyjewelers.com.

During a candid moment, Schuyler and Bell chuckled and shook their head about their jewelry business which has turned into a community hub filled with Elvis impersonators, diamond-filled Easter egg hunts and of course
tail-wagging pooches that greet customers.

"We've done so much in a short amount of time," Schuyler said. "And it's been fun."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Captiva among latest addition to Beach Town Poster series - Perfect Christmas present!!!



Captiva and Sanibel are the latest additions to renowned artist Aurelio Grisanty's art deco Beach Town Posters series and are now available for purchase at South Seas Island resort.

Grisanty says he draws the inspiration for his Beach Town Posters series, depicting landmark U.S. beach towns, from French beach posters of the 1920s and '30s, similar to the ones that had adorned his grandparents' beach home during his childhood.

"Captiva has been always mentioned to me by friends that have been there and fell in love with the island. I wondered how it was and it turned out to be very similar in feeling to the beach of my childhood in the Dominican Republic. We used to have a lighthouse there, on an island, a few miles from shore. I don't know if it is still there but Captiva sure reminded me of it, bringing beautiful memories back," Grisanty said.

"The open beaches, in such a natural state, pulls me out of the web of civilization to a world long past. Feelings I had from childhood summers all came back to me," he said.

A painter, graphic designer and U.S. government-decreed Exceptional Individual of International Renown, Grisanty first designed his retro, 1930s and '40s inspired travel posters simply for his own enjoyment, but as the popularity of Beach Town Posters grew, so did customer requests for Grisanty to commemorate their favorite beach towns.

"Four summers ago, Aurelio came into my shop, the Blue Room Gallery in Bethany Beach, Del. Neither of us had met before but we immediately felt a connection. The energy of my shop was just the style Aurelio was looking for to sell his new poster of Bethany Beach he designed. I agreed, that indeed, he had found the right spot. The few poster designs he offered, Rehoboth Beach Kite, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach, flew out the door all summer long," said Clare Conley of Beach Town Posters.

By the fall, Conley and Grisanty had developed a business relationship in addition to a strong friendship.

Conley says she told Grisanty that he could easily sell his posters up and down the east cost.

"There are so many cool beach towns. He said, 'Yes, I've thought about extending the collection, but know I would need help in marketing them.' I said 'I can be that person.' We shook hands, named our business Beach Town Posters and three years later have 57 designs with fans all over the country," Conley said.

Grisanty's Beach Town Poster series now represents 57 vacation spots.

The Sanibel Island poster features the iconic Sanibel lighthouse and a windsurfer with a colorful sail, while the Captiva poster features a jumping dolphin, palm fronds and a well-known coastal fish house.

"I love the look of Aurelio's posters; the bold colors and Art Deco style and the nostalgia they provoke. They are a way for people to connect to happy times at the beach. They are a collectable series. That is something that you don't see in the art-world often. It's exciting for our customers when Aurelio releases a new designs. The response is amazing," Conley said.

But Conley says that the poster series aren't just fun to collect - they're an essential when it comes to home decor.

"Decorating with Beach Town Posters is fun too. Customers are designing beach-themed rooms, choosing posters of all of their favorite beach towns and hanging them in groupings of three over a couch, or several in a row on a large wall or over a mantel. With the daily stresses of life, the posters remind owners of more relaxing times," Conley said.

And South Seas Island Resort's director of retail David Levine agrees.

"South Seas Island Resort is an iconic travel destination synonymous with the Captiva experience," said Levine.

"It is natural that we would offer art that reflects Captiva's rich history since our resort has been such an intrinsic part of the island's past."

Posters can be purchased at several retail outlets at South Seas, including the Captiva Provision Company in Chadwick's Square and South Seas Island Outfitters in the Yacht Harbour Marina.

To view more of Aurelio Grisanty's Beach Town Poster series, visit www.beachtownposters.com.

Sanibel Yoga opens in Town Center Plaza

Sanibel Yoga opens in Town Center Plaza



Dr. Susan Pataky is proud to announce the opening of Sanibel Yoga, a holistic educational center for the body, mind and soul and the only yoga studio on Sanibel.

Located in the Town Center Plaza at 2496 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel Yoga offers authentic traditional lineage styles of Yoga, Pilates, QiGong, Pranayama and Meditation.
In addition to daily classes and great workshops at their studio, Sanibel Yoga's instructors, who are all required to hold a minimum of 200 hours of formal training, will come to your home, resort or office and will even provide instruction for private groups on the beach.

Dr. Pataky, owner of Sanibel Yoga and Soulstice, was originally certified in 1979 in the Sivananda yoga style. Her continuing education spans the decades and encompasses numerous yogic traditions. Dr. Pataky holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She is an active board member with the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association (FNPA), a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a proud member of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce. Her journey began in Fairfield County, Conn. more than 40 years ago. She now calls Southwest Florida her home where residents and visitors of Sanibel and Captiva have come to know and love her assortment of holistic offerings.

Whether you need special care of already have a strong yoga practice, Sanibel Yoga classes are instructional and will accommodate any stage of your journey.

For further information or a class schedule, please visit www.SanibelYoga.com or www.SanibelYogaClasses.com. You can also reach Dr. Pataky via e-mail at info@bodymindsoulstice.com or by phone at 239-738-3856.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

December library programs explore the wonders of winter


December library programs explore the wonders of winter


Library associate Naomi Pastor shows off just one of the many winter-themed titles and craft projects — a paper plate snowman— for the upcoming holiday children’s programs at the Captiva Memorial Library.
In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, the Captiva Memorial Library will be hosting two special, family-friendly programs featuring lots of stories and wonderfully wintry themes.

First up on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., is "Winter Wonderland," where attendees can enjoy stories, poems and songs that are all about winter.

In addition, guests will get to make their own snowmen to take with them.

"On Dec. 5 we're going to have a 'Winter Wonderland.' We're going to read some snow stories, including 'The Snowman Pop-up Book' and other books like 'Danny's First Snow.' I've got a mixture of books that will appeal to children in pre-school and on up through elementary," said library associate Naomi Pastor.

After the reading portion of the event, attendees will get to make a special craft while they listen to songs about the holidays and, of course, snow!

"They'll get to make a snowman out of paper plates," Pastor said.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m., the library will host "Happy December Holidays!" where guests will hear holiday stories and songs as they make hug cards.

"This one will cover all the December holidays - Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and of course, Christmas," Pastor said, listing holiday Hanukkah tales about latkes "Dream Snow" by Eric Carle as some of the stories attendees will here.

"We celebrate diversity here at the library," Pastor said.

After the holiday stories, Pastor said the children will get to listen and sing a long to holiday music and make "hug cards" - a greeting card that represents a child with arms that open wide to reveal a special saying inside the card.
For more information about a program or to register, please call the 472-2133.

"They're welcome to register, but we're not overbooked, so just come on out!" Pastor said.

The Captiva Memorial Library is located at 11560 Chapin Lane.

By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

"Island firemen donating all calendar proceeds to charity"



Island firemen donating all calendar proceeds to charity


Some of the Sanibel Fire Rescue District firemen who posed in the inaugural calendar for 2010, which is currently on sale across the island. All of the proceeds from the sale of these calendars will be split between two charities, CROW and March Of Dimes.

Throw away those wish lists and forget about buying your loved ones a mini-laptop or hand-held entertainment device. The hottest gift to give this holiday season may be the 2010 Sanibel Fire Rescue District calendar.

Packed with 13 months worth of the island's bravest, bare-chested firefighters, the idea to produce a calendar - with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity - came from John DeMaria, a firefighter/EMT stationed on Sanibel for the past two years.

"When we started the project in January, most of us wanted to lose some weight and get in shape before we took the pictures," he said. "We all worked together to do it. I lost between 15 and 20 pounds. When you see somebody eating right or exercising, that's a great motivator."

Between the beginning of 2009 and June, the firefighters - who "moonlighted" as models - lost 273 pounds collectively. The top individual weigh loss was 44 pounds, achieved by Capt. Tom Tracy.

"I think I've put on about 10 pounds since then," Tracy said with a laugh. "But I know I'm gonna be in much better shape when we do next year's calendar."

According to Training Officer Tim Barrett, the photo shoot for the calendar took place at various island locations over two days. The photography, completed Luis Alfonso - DeMaria's father-in-law - features images of the firefighters at Station #1, at the Sanibel Lighthouse, the City Boat Ramp and the Sanibel Fishing Pier.

"I was the last one to sign up, so I think that's why they put me on the first page," said Barrett, who appears as Mr. December 2009. "I'm glad we all lost weight because I knew there were gonna be a lot of my family, friends and strangers looking at it."

Ron Ritchie, who dropped 32 pounds before posing as Mr. September, stated that he was most proud of being the oldest - at age 52 - beefcake model amongst the group.

"I just had to show these young bucks how it's done," said Ritchie, who wanted to appear in September as a tribute to firefighters lost on 9/11.

"We all made a commitment to get into shape for this. We kinda broke down those macho barriers and helped each other out," noted Tim Hanahan, Mr. July. "I hope the calendar is going to be a great benefit to the organizations we're supporting."

Last Thursday, eight of the 13 firemen sat down to partake in what has become one of their favorite tasks: signing autographs. Since the calendar was released two weeks ago, requests to have each man affix their signature to their photograph have been coming in at a steady pace.

"We got about 20 orders in today. Every day we get about three or four," added Barrett, who estimated that calendar sales thus far have raised more than $3,000 for charity.

"Every penny of it goes to CROW and March Of Dimes," said Chris "Action" Jackson, who appears in August. "And we're splitting it evenly - 50/50."

DeMaria said that next year, the district will select different island charities to support through calendar sales. As for who will appear in the 2011 edition, nobody knows who will want to model again... or for the first time.

"It was a lot of fun," explained John Murray, Mr. November. "We were all playing around during the photo shoot. It was great for camaraderie."

The 2010 Sanibel Fire Rescue District calendar is on sale for $10 each, and available at Fire Station #1 (2351 Palm Ridge Road) as well as at Bank Of The Islands, Bailey's General Store and Barrier Island Title. The firefighters will autograph the calendars for free upon request; stop by in person or call 472-5525 to make arrangements.

"It's been a great experience," said John Reitenbach, Mr. June. "I did my photo shoot at the Fishing Pier. There were a lot of onlookers... some ladies that were fishing that day got a real kick out of it."
By JEFF LYSIAK, jlysiak@breezenewspapers.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twilight Café’s 2nd Annual Breakfast With Santa to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Lee County

Twilight Café’s 2nd Annual Breakfast With Santa to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Lee County


Twilight Caf invites you to join Santa Claus and his helpers - Minnie Mouse and Winnie The Pooh - for a special Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Twilight Caf is collecting new, unwrapped toys for donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County now through Christmas Day. To continue this giving spirit, buffet attendees who bring a toy will receive one free child's meal per adult per gift.

The Breakfast Buffet will feature everyone's favorites such as eggs, bacon, sausage, Eggs Benedict, French Toast and potatoes. Twilight Caf's regular menu will also be available. Price is $15.95 for adults and $9.95 for children, unless a toy is donated.

Twilight Cafe is located at 2761 West Gulf Drive. Call 472-8818 for more information. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"LCEC explains massive Sanibel and Captiva power outage"



LCEC explains massive Sanibel and Captiva power outage


Power has been restored to all customers on Sanibel and Captiva following an outage that occurred over the weekend.

On Saturday at approximately 10 p.m., an insulator on a LCEC power line failed. An insulator is a device used to isolate conductors (wires) from the distribution pole that support them. When kept intact, insulators also maintain proper distance between the various conductors in an electric line.

When the insulator failed (the nature of this failure is still being investigated) the conductor that it supported came into close proximity with one or more of the other conductors. This initiated an electric arc (or a flash) from one conductor to another. The arc is an electrical breakdown of the air between the two conductors. The ionized air can conduct extremely high currents of electricity causing a short circuit (or a fault).

Normally, protective devices located upstream of fault will detect the event and operate equipment to de-energize (or isolate) the short circuit. This will prevent or minimize any damage to equipment. Unfortunately, in this occurrence, the upstream protective device did not operate properly (this is being analyzed by LCEC personnel).

Standard LCEC engineering practice includes the installation of a back-up protective device that in this case operated to de-energize the line. Unfortunately this did not occur before damage to LCEC's electrical facilities had taken place.

LCEC crews, contract crews, supervisors and system operations employees worked through the night tirelessly to restore power. By 1 a.m. on Sunday, approximately 2,500 customers on Sanibel were restored. At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, an additional 600 customers on Captiva were restored and by 7:50 p.m., all customers were restored.

All repairs have been made with the exception of a small portion of damaged underground line. Crews were able to rebuild this portion of line overhead in order to restore power in a timely manner. LCEC will continue to work to repair the underground line which typically takes longer to repair.

LCEC appreciates the patience of our customers during this event and we applaud the workers who were committed to the job until power was restored.

For more information on electrical safety, visit www.lcec.net.

Source: LCEC

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Sanibel Masters Art Festival will be held November 27th and 28th, 2009.


The Sanibel Masters Art Festival will be held November 27th and 28th, 2009.

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On November 18th, 2008 Sanibel Island was again named one of the “the best destinations in the world” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 21st Annual Readers’ Choice Awards competition, earning a spot on the Top 10 North America Islands list.

This is one of the reasons why we will be displaying the works of 70 of the most interesting and unique artists gathered in one of the finest locations in one of Florida's most picturesque communities.The Sanibel Fall Art Festival promises to be Sanibel Islands Premier Art Event. The festival features the finest artists, gourmet food booths, and live entertainment.

On Friday we will have Mr. Ken Rose with his acoustic guitar playing from 11AM-2PM and on Saturday The BIG ARTS Chorus Directed by Steven Cramer will be performing a sampling of their Holiday Event.

Parking Areas are available along Periwinkle Drive and at the Library on Dunlop adjacent to the event. Parking areas will be well marked and we will have parking attendants to assist you. We will have a full shuttle service available. Handicap and parking for anyone who needs assistance will be available at the festival entrance.

You can spend the day in style walking along art-lined pathways. Take a moment to relax and mingle in one of our many display areas. Choose from dozens of food items and have the opportunity to meet and get to know each artist.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the programs at The Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel.

The Schoolhouse Theater is Sanibel Island’s ONLY professional musical theater and offers Broadway caliber talent in an intimate atmosphere. The Schoolhouse Theater is proud to offer the best family oriented entertainment in one of the worlds most beautiful vacation destinations.

A great event in a spectacular location for one of the areas finest community organizations
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lily & Co. Jewelers to celebrate third anniversary next weekend

Luminary celebration to include Porsche and Tag Heuer

Lily & Co. will enhance the island Luminary event with a special display from Tag Heuer watches and accessories and Porsche of Naples from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Representatives from Tag Heuer will be displaying the new Porsche inspired timepiece, the Tag Heuer Calivre RS. Porsche of Naples will also be bringing a number of cars to display. Guests are invited to enter a special drawing to win limited edition Tag Heuer watch. Tickets are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6 and will be available in advance.

Join the Bailey's Center Merchants Association for a tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., in front of Bailey's with a complimentary champagne toast. Guests can meet Santa Claus and enjoy caroling from the Fort Myers High School Sound Wave Show Choir. Light refreshments will be served.

Drawing proceeds to benefit the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.For more information, call Lily & Co. co-owners Karen Bell or Dan Schuyler at 472-2888.
Sanibel's first "jewelry gallery," Lily & Co. Jewelers, will celebrate its third anniversary with an Island Appreciation event and the grand opening of the store's new wing with an event next weekend, co-owners Karen Bell and Dan Schuyler announced on Tuesday.

In 2006, Bell, a Sanibel-Captiva Realtor, and Schuyler, a jeweler with 28 years of experience opened the doors to Lily & Co. Jewelers, at 520 Tarpon Bay Road. On Saturday, Nov. 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the pair will host an evening of celebration for members of the public, featuring food, wine, art and musical entertainment by Andre and Soli. Valet parking will be provided for your convenience.

Guests are also invited to enter a special drawing to win an item of jewelry valued at $2,000. Tickets are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6 and will be available in advance. Please also bring an unwrapped gift appropriate for a child. Drawing proceeds and gifts to benefit Friends Who Care.

Meet the world-renowned couture jewelry designers Charles Krypell and Lecil Henderson at the event.

A native New Yorker, first generation jewelry designer Charles Krypell majored in sculpture, which is apparent in the jewelry he designs today. From his one-of-a-kind colored diamond pieces to his sterling collection there is something for every lifestyle.

The Henderson Collection has served as a renowned member of the jewelry industry since 1990, offering upscale and emerging retailers an exclusive collection of beautiful pieces crafted with diamonds and fine gold. Created with the end-user's versatile lifestyle in mind, the fashionable designs merge old-world craftsmanship with new-world technology to offer impeccably constructed necklaces, bracelets and rings as well as hand-wrought and electro-form earrings.

Lily & Co. is Sanibel's first jewelry gallery combining a fine jewelry store and art gallery in one location. Lily & Co. namesake and spokesdog is Lily, Bell's Labradoodle who is often on site to greet customers and visitors. Schuyler's Golden Labrador, Gracie, and her little sister, Angel, are always at the front door to greet guests.

Lily & Co. is a full-service jeweler, offering services from jewelry repair and restoration, watch repair and battery replacement, engraving services, bead and pearl re-stringing, pewter and holloware repair, as well as appraisal services. Lily & Co.'s P3 - or Positively Precious Program - enables them to purchase previously worn jewelry, stones, and fine stemware from customers for liquidation purposes.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Lily & Co., call 472-2888 or visit www.lilyjewelers.com.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Adventures In Paradise Outfitters celebrates grand opening


Adventures In Paradise Outfitters celebrates grand opening


Attending the ribbon-cutting were Capt. Steve Bailey, Debbie Bailey, Steve Ehrhart, Sarah Ashton, Craig Stewart, Capt. Bill Hammond, Evelyn Stewart, Ric Base, Allen Meyers, Bryan Hayes, Josh Stewart, Sam Bailey, Kate Stone, Bridget Stone-Budd, Terry Walker, Noah Stewart, Nita Greenwell, Amber, Josh and S

Adventures In Paradise Outfitters celebrated it's grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Wednesday, which was attended by more than 200 guests.

The doors opened at 5 p.m. with live music by Jamaican Dave Steel Drums. Guests were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres provided by Sweet Melissa's Caf and Smoked Mullet trays prepared by Baileys catering. Capt. John Carpenito and Randy Phares tended bar while Joshua Stewart greeted and hosted the billiard play.

Adventures In Paradise Outfitters is a unique shopping experience for travelers, locals and those that love the outdoors. Divided into several areas, the store is fun and relaxing... with a surprise around every corner. Clothing has been meticulously selected to reflect the "island" lifestyle with cool, clean linens, organic cottons and self wicking fabrics.

Perusing through the library, guests came across titles from local author Bob Sabatino's "Every Day Is Saturday" to Hemingway's "Hemingway On Fishing." Next to the library, a handsome humidor houses fine cigars. Gifts with the outdoors in mind were scattered throughout the store, ranging from beautiful hand-etched glassware to classic time pieces. Tucked around the corner from the great Tarpon mount and next to the Heritage Fishing Kayaks, guests found Fly Fishing rods and equipment, tackle, flys, waders and everything you need to go and catch the big one!

Adventures In Paradise Outfitters is located in Tahitian Gardens Shopping Center, at 2019 Periwinkle Way. For more information, call 472-8236 or visit www.adventuresinparadise.com.
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Chamber gearing up for popular Luminary Festival on islands



Chamber gearing up for popular Luminary Festival on islands

A variety of scenes from previous Luminary Festivals on Sanibel, which this year will celebrate 25 years of holiday tradition.

The Islands of Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 25th Anniversary Luminary Festival on Friday, Dec. 4 (on Sanibel) and Saturday, Dec. 5 (on Captiva).

The Luminary Festival is an islands-wide holiday event that brings together residents, visitors, businesses and organizations, promoting goodwill and community spirit.

As participants "travel the trail," look for several fun and festive places to stop and enjoy. Once again, there will be complimentary trolley service, visits and photos with Santa, a live nativity scene, music and activities for the entire family.

"Our goal is to offer recognition to island businesses and encourage local shopping while providing a fun-filled evening for family and friends," a chamber press release stated. "All chamber merchants are invited to participate and show off their creative decorated storefronts and host holiday celebrations at their center."

On Sanibel, Luminary Festival participants include:

East End/Seahorse Shops - Reggae band and refreshments
Sanibel Island Book Shop - Book signing, music and refreshments

Jerry's Center - Pictures with Santa and refreshments

Sanibel Community Church - Live nativity, music and refreshments

Tahitian Gardens - Cracker Blues Band and refreshments

Forever Green - Refreshments

Periwinkle Place - Pictures with Santa, entertainment and refreshments

Sanibel Congregational Church - Boutique, music and refreshments

Sanibel Community House - Santa's Workshop, Cypress Lakes Choir and cookie decorating

The Village Shops - Guitarist Michael David and refreshments

Hungry Heron Plaza - Refreshments

Tower Gallery - Refreshments

Olde Sanibel Shoppes - The Sanibel School Choir and refreshments

Bailey's Center - Gospel choir, music and refreshments

Participants on Captiva will include South Seas Island Resort, R.C. Otters, Keylime Bistro, Cantina Captiva, The Bubble Room, The Mucky Duck, Island Store, Royal Shell, Captiva Pizza & Yogurt and The Green Flash.

There will be 13 trolley stops along the trail, including East End/Seahorse Shops, Jerry's Center, Tahitian Gardens, The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater/Sanibel Community House, The Village Shops, Hungry Heron Plaza, Tower Gallery, Olde Sanibel Shoppes and Bailey's Center. Trolleys will operate from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Sponsors and special contributors for this year's Luminary Festival include ShopOnSanibel.com, SandCastles, The Cedar Chest, CROW, the City of Sanibel, Waste Pro, Sanibel Fire Rescue District, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, ABWA, Zonta, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Adventures In Paradise, South Seas Island Resort, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Hillgate Communications, Sanibel Community Church, Sanibel Congregational Church, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 'Tween Waters Inn, Giggles, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Sanctuary Island Electric, chamber staff, ambassadors and volunteers as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

For additional information, call the Islands of Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce at 472-1966 or visit www.sanibel-captiva.org.

To inquire about volunteering at the Luminary Festival, call Bridgit Stone-Budd at 472-8255 or Bob Harrington at 472-2783.
By JEFF LYSIAK, jlysiak@breezenewspapers.com

BIG ARTS holds artist reception for Matsumotos'


"BIG ARTS holds artist reception for Matsumotos'"

Ikki an Polly Matsumoto have added new pieces for their exhibit at the Founders Gallery at BIG ARTS.

Ikki and Polly Matsumoto.

Their names seem to be synonymous with island life.

The well-known and popular artist couple are exhibiting 21 pieces of their artwork at BIG ARTS Founders Gallery, 900 Dunlop Road. A reception for their exhibit called Take 2 will be held, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.

Their work whimsical, earthy, delicate, strong and sophisticated draws islanders to their exhibits. Last year BIG ARTS hosted a crowd that came to see the Matsumotos'' exhibit.

The Matsumotos',' who recently arrived from their Ohio home, hung all of their work in two hours early this week.
"We're excited," said Polly Matsumoto.

The couple said they are happy to be back in the area and have just bought a new home in Southwest Florida. They are moving back to the area to be closer with family and friends. They had lived in the area in prior years before moving back to Ohio.
Polly's weavings are filled with earthy colors and rich textures. And Ikki's pieces are fun and thoughtful. In several pieces his cat Chica is depicted doing feline things such as prancing through a grove of clovers and standing plump and happy with feathers cascading around him.

Ikki's voice softens as he chats about Chica whom he rescued at the side of the road.
He and Polly said they do not have a specific theme to their work. But a sense of happiness tends to be a key hue in their work which mostly depicts animals and nature.

"You need that these days," Ikki said of happiness.

BIG ARTS staff expects a similar turn-out for this year's exhibition Take 2 in comparison to last year's exhibit.

"It was such a successful and great show we wanted to have them back," said BIG ARTS Program coordinator, Natalie Cunningham. "They're huge island favorites."

Shareen Groce, coordinator of the exhibit is elated to have new pieces by the couple. Shortly after the Matsumotos' hung their exhibit on Monday, a crowd gathered wanting to buy pieces.

"It's a fabulous exhibit," Groce said.

The exhibit is open through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Founders Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take 2 Ikki and Polly Matsumoto Exhibit supported by Visual Arts Patron Season Sponsors Deborah and John La Gorce.

For further information about this exhibit, call 395-0900, or email info@BIGARTS.org. To learn more about BIG ARTS visit go to www.BIGARTS.org. This includes links to artists' sites.
By ELLA NAYOR, enayor@breezenewspapers.com

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Make your reservations for “Plaza Suite”

 "Make your reservations for “Plaza Suite”"

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is back for more after wowing islanders with the revue, "Lovely Night" - their first play of the 2009-10 season, a comedy by legendary playwright Neil Simon.

Originally a three-act play first performed in 1968, "Plaza Suite" revolves around three very different stories that take place in Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Artistic director Victor Legarreta opted to take only two of the three original acts to the Schoolhouse stage, and, whether you're familiar with the play or not, you won't be disappointed by the two Legarreta chose!

The first act focuses on Karen Nash (Jennifer Smith), a somewhat forgetful but sympathetically endearing character, and her husband Sam Nash (Michael Dunsworth), a narcissistic, over-worked businessman.

Karen has made reservations for Suite 719 - the site of her and Sam's honeymoon - with hopes of rekindling their miserably crumbling marriage.

An appearance by the young and attractive Miss Jean McCormack (Madison Mitchell), Sam's secretary, starts the wheels in Karen's head turning and her scheme for re-seducing her career-obsessed spouse of more than 20 years comes crashing down around her as Karen finds out there's more to Sam's reluctance to reconnect.

Smith is delightful as the sometimes flaky but down-to-earth Karen Nash - remarkably funny and saucy with every comedic twist and turn.

Dunsworth's rendition of Sam Nash is seething with discontent and various mid-life crises that all seem to be flaring up at once - his portrayal of middle-age-induced neuroses is fabulously irritating, making you want to side with Karen even more!

Mitchell - who plays the tall, young, thin blonde you love to hate - is adorably sweet and utterly reprehensible all at the same time, reaffirming our loyalty to Karen.

In Act Two, Smith and Dunsworth play another couple, Norma and Roy Hubley, who are desperately trying to get their daughter - who has barricaded herself in the bathroom of Suite 719 - to her wedding, which is about to begin downstairs.

After a series of failed - but hilarious - attempts, the Hubleys discover why their daughter Mimsey (played by Mitchell) refuses to come out.

Miguel Cintron (who also plays the loquaciously friendly Plaza bellhop and waiter in Act One with terrific humor) saves the day as Borden Eisler (the groom) and delivers the line of the evening at the end of Act Two as he, with only a few strong words, successfully retrieves his bride from the bathroom.

In this act, Dunsworth has more opportunity to show off his comedic abilities as the desperately agitated father-of-the-bride, allowing Smith to slip into hilarious bouts of sheer panic and presumed cardiac arrest.

All in all, "Plaza Suite" is a kind of comedic study on the dynamics of relationships - the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs - and if you're up for an evening of laughs, get your tickets now for "Plaza Suite" at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater.

"Plaza Suite" will run at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Dec. 5. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 16 and under. For more information and to order tickets, call 472-6862.
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way.
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

"Author shares virtues of vertical gardening"


"Author shares virtues of vertical gardening"

Vertical gardening allows growers to enjoy a garden with a minimal amount of space.

Psst. Have you heard? Gardening is in vogue.

Between the First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging children to learn to garden coupled with a growing desire to eat healthier and cheaper while saving the environment, gardening is increasing in popularity.

But what if one wants to cultivate a garden but does not have the space for it?
Worry not.
Think vertical gardening.

Vertical gardening is growing plants up rather than out.

Gardening author and part-time Sanibel resident Derek Fell has a possible new book in the works about vertical gardening.

Two weeks ago he attended a Congressional meeting to discuss creating programs for children to learn gardening at school.

Fell who spends his time between Pennsylvania and Sanibel had at one time been appointed chairman of the Committee to former President Gerald Ford's initiative to plant a garden at the White House. At the time President Ford had been looking to save money during the Vietnam war, Fell said. Though the garden plan got scrapped, the concept lay in wait. And now that wait is over as First Lady Michelle Obama encourages children to learn how to garden, Fell said.

So with the initiative in place, Fell is working to make gardening accessible through vertical planting.

"I advocate vertical gardening," he said. "It's labor saving."

In order to create a vertical garden a narrow strip of land is needed

Fell created a special system for making vertical gardens called the Skyscraper Garden. The system works by letting growers use an easy-to-assemble kit that contains two cedar brackets, a sturdy metal crossbar, a strong 4 feet wide by 6 feet high section of netting that includes reach-through mesh for easy picking, and ground anchors to hold the netting taught.

Produce such as tomatoes, climbing cucumbers, climbing spinach and pole beans do well in a vertical garden.

"It's a very sensible way for people who do not have a lot of time or space," Fell said.

Fell said with the cooler winter season underway on the islands, vertical gardening is ideal for folks who would like to plant some veggies but have smaller lots.
By ELLA NAYOR, enayor@breezenewspapers.com POSTED: November 19, 2009

Brown Anole is common critter on Sanibel"



"Brown Anole is common critter on Sanibel"

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Other names: Cuban anole, Key West anole / Status: FL-Invasive, still expanding its range, IUCN=LC / Life span: to five years / Length: Length: 6-8 in. (15-20 cm) / Weight: 0.05-1.5 oz (1.5-4 g) / Nests: on island / Found: IW (Interior Wetlands), MZ (Mangrove Zone), UA (Urban Areas), GB (Gulf Beaches, ............CW (Causeway).

Although no one is certain when the brown anole arrived on Sanibel and Captiva, the consensus is that it was shortly after the completion of the original causeway. It probably hitchhiked over in the root balls and canopies of the many ornamental palms imported from the Miami area when the island was experiencing the rapid growth of the early 1970s. Once here, it quickly became the most prolific lizard on the islands. An invasive species, its sheer numbers now prohibit any viable attempts to contain its spread or effectively remove the species. Its range continues to expand across the Southeastern U.S.

The brown anole has a number of subtle color and pattern variations, but its dewlap, the throat fan you can often see the male extending when announcing its territory to other males, is always yellow or reddish-orange. It is one of the easiest reptiles to find on Sanibel and Captiva, occurring around condominiums, homes, pools, screen enclosures, and the bike path-virtually every island habitat harbors at least a few, if not scores of brown anoles.

It feeds mostly in the daytime and prefers foraging on the ground where it eats beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, and roaches.The brown anole is a favorite food for white and cattle egrets, as well as great blue herons. An injured lizard often succumbs to overwhelming attacks of fire ants, and it is also favored by many of the islands' indigenous snakes.
To learn more about "Living Sanibel" go to http://www.indigopress.net/.
Living Sanibel, by Charles Sobczak POSTED: November 19, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sanibel and Captiva Restaurants open on Thanksgiving.....

Happy Thanksgiving from the VIP Vacation Rental Staff!


Sanibel and Captiva Restaurants open on Thanksgiving.....

Casa Ybel – 20% Discount w/reservations before 11/21.

Courntey’s – Open – 4 PM – 8:30 PM Thanksgiving Dinner Reserv. Not Necessary

Dairy Queen – 11 AM – 4 PM

Dunes – Open – 11 AM – 3:00 PM

Gramma Dots – Open Reg. Hours – Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Il Tesoro – Open Serving Italian Turkey Dinner & Goose Roost

Keylime Bistro – Open serving Traditional T. Dinner 12 – 10 PM

Lighthouse Café – Open 7 AM – 3 PM

Sandy Butler – Open - Preparing Menu – Take out menu available.

Sanibel Steakhouse – Regular Hours & Menu & Thanksgiving Special

Schnapper’s - 7 AM – 4 PM

Timbers – Open 2 PM – 8 PM Accept. Resv. Turkey Dinner $13.95

Locations that are closed: Doc Ford’s, Mucky Duck, Green Flash, Matzaluna, Sanibel Cafe
and Island Cow.

CCA holiday party to support Salvation Army’s ‘Christmas Cheer’ campaign

CCA holiday party to support Salvation Army’s ‘Christmas Cheer’ campaign



Crystal, Alan and Amber Falde show their holiday spirit as the CCA gets ready for their Christmas party and toy drive in support of the Salvation Army.

With the holidays just around the corner, the Captiva Civic Association is getting in the spirit by hosting a Christmas party with a special purpose, on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Captiva Civic Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will be a chance for Captivans to catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends while enjoying their favorite beverages and sharing hors d'oeuvres. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite appetizer for all to sample.

But this year's party is more than just a way to reconnect - it's also a great way to spread a bit of holiday cheer to Lee County's less fortunate families through the Salvation Army's "Christmas Cheer" campaign.

"Christmas Cheer" is a community-wide effort and the Salvation Army's largest outreach event each year.

The program organizes and distributes donated toys, food and gifts to those in need throughout Lee County during the holidays.

Last year, the Salvation Army reached over 4,700 families, but their goal for 2009 is 6,000.

To participate, simply bring new, unwrapped toys or gift cards (from businesses such as Wal-mart and Target) to the party and place them under the CCA Christmas tree.

Or, you can make a cash contribution with a check made out to the Salvation Army.

You may also deliver toys, gift cards or cash donations to the CCA office between 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. from Monday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. The CCA will do the rest.
If you have questions about the CCA, the upcoming holiday party or the Christmas Cheer program, call 472-2111.By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

"South Seas welcomes community for ‘A Season of Celebration’"

South Seas welcomes community for ‘A Season of Celebration’



South Seas Island Resort is inviting members of the Captiva community to celebrate "A Season of Celebration" at Kings Crown, the historic resort banquet space, on Sunday, Dec. 6 through Thursday, Dec. 17 for holiday champagne brunches, lunches and dinners to benefit the Salvation Army's Family Services Unit in their residential shelter facility.

"South Seas invites locals to come back to the resort and visit Kings Crown overlooking Pine Island Sound. It's a special space with the old Florida feeling that for decades served as the locale for wedding receptions, family reunions and company parties" said Rick Hayduk, South Seas Island Resort managing director.

Kings Crown, once the warehouse that stored key limes when South Seas was the largest key lime plantation in the world, remains intact with the original fireplace, brick flooring and view of the t-dock over a lawn of palm trees.

The space will feature seasonal decor and offer locals festive holiday brunches, lunches and dinners.

Holiday menus - devised by South Seas' chef Sebastian Heil - will include brioche French toast with warm banana caramel sauce, pan roasted Jidori chicken, seared Florida black grouper, sugar crusted ham, pumpkin soup and traditional holiday sides and desserts such as apple pie, pineapple upside down cake and Yule logs.

A portion of the proceeds from all meals will be given to the Salvation Army.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with South Seas this holiday season for the second year in a row and appreciate that the resort is recognizing the importance of serving the local community," said Major Art Penhale, corps officer for the Salvation Army of Lee and Hendry Counties.

Island residents and guests interested in attending the "A Season of Celebration" can call 866-565-5089 to make reservations.
For parties of 20 or more, South Seas Island Resort will double the proceeds to the Salvation Army.
For more information on South Seas Island Resort visit www.southseas.com or call 472-5111.
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

"’Tween Waters tree lighting ceremony returns Nov. 27"

’Tween Waters tree lighting ceremony returns Nov. 27



If you've traveled past 'Tween Waters Inn lately, you might have noticed a familiar character scaling the palm tree in front of the historic resort, scanning the gulf waters for signs of the upcoming holiday season.

Santa Claus, of course, has resumed his post in front of 'Tween Waters, indicating that the resort's annual tree lighting ceremony is coming up soon - the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, to be exact.

"It will be another wonderful event with a couple of new secret elements. But you have to come out to see them," said 'Tween Waters general manager Jeff Shuff.

Carolers from the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater will regale guests with holiday favorites as they mingle through the twinkling wonderland - and you can probably count on a visit from the man in red himself.

In addition to giant snowmen, hard-working elves and gravity-defying reindeer, approximately 120,000 lights have been strung up by 'Tween Waters staff to create the holiday haven.

To avoid traffic build up, Shuff recommends that folks get to the resort early, around 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

"It's our Christmas present to the islands," Shuff said.
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

CEPD discusses importance of beach renourishment, community involvement

 "CEPD discusses importance of beach renourishment, community involvement"
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District met last Wednesday for their regular meeting where beach renourishment and community education regarding beach erosion were thoroughly discussed.

CEPD administrator Kathy Rooker offered a report on her trip to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association conference, saying that it was a wonderful learning experience and reinforced just how important beach renourishment is to coastal communities.

"One thing I did take away from the engineering meetings is that there is no one right way to do a project. You need to go back and examine projects that have been done around the country and find out what really works.

"We really need to study successful projects to know what works. We've been talking a lot about sand sources because sand sources are becoming very limited. One of the things that was stressed to us, and one of the most important things to a project, is how good your sand is. If your sand is not going to be good, your project won't be good. Don't forget that in your equation," Rooker said.

Rooker said she was able to look at pictures of the devastation caused by hurricanes along the Gulf coast of Florida and Louisiana.

"All of the speakers told us that the difference in the structures that were saved was the amount of sandy beach in front of it. Wide, sandy beaches protect, and that was stressed to us," Rooker said.

"That reminded me that we don't just do beach renourishments for recreational value, we are saving people's homes and businesses," Rooker said.

The topic of beach renourishment led into board members discussing the organization's community relations mission and their hopes of informing the Captiva population about the importance of beach nourishment.

"Overall, what we're trying to accomplish, is to recognize that the community in Captiva has changed dramatically in the last number of years," CEPD chairman Mike Mullins said, noting many people are property owners but are here infrequently or simply rent their properties and don't really understand the history of beach erosion and beach nourishment.

"We recognized at one point in time that to be successful in having community understanding and support, because they're ultimately the people that are paying for this, that we need to have a community relations plan that allows us to promulgate to the community, the historical information that most people miss," Mullins said.

"People don't really get that this group is fending for itself in a big way, but most importantly, however it gets done, if we don't maintain that beach we can't count on the County or the Feds or the State or anybody else to do it for us, and without the beach, the property values, the habitats, the recreational capabilities and so on and so forth are gone. So we feel, that we recognized the need going forward that we have to try to get this information out," Mullins said.

"We have a real problem, because when something works people don't really pay attention to it. When it breaks, people pay attention. We can't afford to let it break again like it was in the 1970s and 1980s," Mullins said.

Bob Gray of Partners in Progress presented a community relations update to the CEPD, informing the board members that he has found at least two potential candidates for researching and assembling educational, community presentations for the organization.

The CEPD will meet again at 'Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Drive, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at noon.

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is located at 11513 Andy Rosse Lane, Unit 4. For more information, call 472-2472, or visit www.MyCEPD.com
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com

Stilwell organizes effort to feed Lee hungry with leftover supplies

 "Stilwell organizes effort to feed Lee hungry with leftover supplies"

As the fears that accompany hurricane season begin to dwindle - the official end of hurricane season being Nov. 30 - for some families in Lee County, the worry that comes along with trying to feed themselves and their families is an everyday struggle.

Captiva resident and business owner Sandy Stilwell, a past chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army who currently serves the organization's Executive Committee, says she has an idea to help allay the fears of hungry people in Lee County, especially for the upcoming holiday season.

"We are so fortunate on Captiva. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, why don't we celebrate the official closing of the 2009 hurricane season by donating our stock of hurricane food to a local food pantry?" Stilwell said.

"This year more than ever, we are in need of food. People who have never asked for assistance are in need now. With unemployment being so high, we are increasingly short of food on a daily basis," Stilwell said.

Rather than letting hurricane supplies expire and go to waste, Stilwell proposes that folks who don't need to hold onto their non-perishable food items donate them to a worthy cause - feeding the hungry in Lee County.

"If you are interested, we will make it easy for you," Stilwell said, noting that all Captivans have to do is gather up the food supplies that would otherwise go to waste and drop them off at the Captiva Island Inn. Stilwell and Captiva Island Inn manager Corban Chestnut will take care of the rest.

Interested Captivans can drop off their non-perishable food donations at the Captiva Island Inn, 11508 Andy Rosse Lane, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com