On the Town: On nests, booths and laughs

Representatives of Firewater Restoration Services show off their product and service to some of the more than 600 people who attended the Business Expo on Marco Island last year.  The popular event this year will be March 27 at the Marriott Hotel.

Courtesy of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

Representatives of Firewater Restoration Services show off their product and service to some of the more than 600 people who attended the Business Expo on Marco Island last year. The popular event this year will be March 27 at the Marriott Hotel.

Representatives of Firewater Restoration Services show off their product and service to some of the more than 600 people who attended the Business Expo on Marco Island last year.  The popular event this year will be March 27 at the Marriott Hotel.

Courtesy of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

Representatives of Firewater Restoration Services show off their product and service to some of the more than 600 people who attended the Business Expo on Marco Island last year. The popular event this year will be March 27 at the Marriott Hotel.

Osprey either are very picky (note the nest in a tall crane with a great view) or very unpicky (“Heck we’ll put our nest right here, doesn’t have to be a Norfolk pine!”) This temporary nest was on Briarwood Court.

Photo by CHRIS CURLE // Buy this photo

Osprey either are very picky (note the nest in a tall crane with a great view) or very unpicky (“Heck we’ll put our nest right here, doesn’t have to be a Norfolk pine!”) This temporary nest was on Briarwood Court.

This beauty of an oil painting is by local artist Stephen Muldoon. A lot of people would like to be able to do this sort of work and some of them will be attending art workshops at Marco Island’s Center for the Arts next month. If you’d like to take part, phone the Center at 394-4221.

Courtesy of Peter Berec

This beauty of an oil painting is by local artist Stephen Muldoon. A lot of people would like to be able to do this sort of work and some of them will be attending art workshops at Marco Island’s Center for the Arts next month. If you’d like to take part, phone the Center at 394-4221.

I spy an osprey nest...

About a month ago I wrote about our osprey neighbors in and around Marco and asked for readers’ help in locating osprey nests. The conservation and wildlife people wanted to know, for research purposes.

As explained by Beverly Anderson, a research biologist for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve, “Osprey are indicator species. If osprey are getting enough food, that’s a good indication that the fish population for that size of fish is stable.”

We received at least 15 responses from readers. They told us about osprey nests in their trees or their neighborhoods, information that has been very helpful to the wildlife experts.

They’ve been putting the addresses on their GPS systems, which lets them map the on-land osprey locations. Some excerpts of osprey-spotters:

“At the baseball diamond behind the school there’s an osprey nest on the light over first base. They had three babies last year.”

“There’s a nest in a Norfolk pine tree on a vacant lot near 1266 Martinique Court. I’ve watched them for several years as they raise their young. They whistle to me when I go out to feed the other birds.”

“I spotted an osprey nest at Edington Place on the north side of the Olde Marco Inn. It’s atop a dead palm tree.”

“Are you aware of the one in front of 418 Spinnaker on Marco? It’s a beaut.”

“We’re fascinated watching them (on Iris Court). This is their second year in that nest. We do see them flying in and out, sometimes bringing home fish.”

Our thanks to these and all the others who went to the trouble to let us know.

As biologist Anderson put it, “Our osprey population is doing well, holding steady, maybe a slight increase. It’s not like the pelicans, where we see their numbers going steadily downhill.”

Marco Business Expo

Now is the time for merchants and other business people who want to display their business to hundreds of others at the upcoming 2008 Business Expo. It runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marriott on March 27.

In that two-hour period, potential customers and clients move through the ballroom, visiting tables set up with demonstrations and other product information.

Visitors also get goodie bags with wares from the various businesses taking part.

“We sold out last year,” says chamber official Vicki Williams, who also noted that tickets will be available at chamber offices and at some of the businesses of the exhibitors.

We’ll have more details of the Business Expo before the event, but it’s time to think about taking part as business people or as interested attendees.

For more information, phone Vicki or Mary Ann ASAP at 394-7549.

Getting creative with your hands

See the photo of the painting of the seashell by Stephen Muldoon? He’s a pro for sure, but most pros are amateurs first and you can get in on the fun at a series of workshops and art lessons next month here on Marco.

The Marco Island Center For the Arts, formerly the Art League, is offering some terrific sessions in March, too many to detail here. But some examples may whet your palette, so to speak:

Acting and Scene Study — a class “designed to give adult participants an opportunity to explore the body of a scene for characterization, content and performance and is useful for audition preparation.” Sessions are from 5 to 6 p.m. on March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Creative Writing: Nuts and Bolts, So You Think You Want to Write? Learn about fiction and non-fiction and the differences between the two disciplines. And there is practical help on how to prepare and submit your work. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27.

Clay for the Table, Beginner Wheel and Throwing, three separate classes, all about making pottery.

There’s a lot more in various media. You can get complete information on dates, times, prices, and register for classes. Non Art League members are encouraged to attend. Members get a discount. Contact the Center for the Arts at 394-4221 or e-mail mail@marcoislandart.com.

Comedy alert!

Jackie Mason must have set records in his recent string of sold-out shows at Capt Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club at Marco Walk. Now come two more headliners — Gregg Proops and Tim Bedore.

Proops’ face will be familiar to you from his many TV appearances. He’s one of the comic standouts from the show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”

Proops is on stage tonight through Feb. 17.

Tim Bedore is a witty, wry, smart sort of comic who’s a hit on the Bob & Tom radio show and a bunch of TV shows. His “Vague But True” comic essays on American life are hilarious. Bedore appears here Feb 21 to 24.

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Don Farmer has been a full-time Marco Islander for ten years and a part-time resident for more than 30 years. He says full-time is better. Farmer welcomes your ideas for column items via e-mail at don@donfarmer.com.

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