MICA: This weekend is green and musical

Island’s early St. Pat’s celebration leads to musical extravangza at Residents’ Beach

What should you do this weekend? Your options are many. Why not begin the St. Patrick’s Day celebration early? The Sons and Daughters of Erin have been working hard to organize the First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Event on Marco Island.

On Saturday, March 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at Veterans Community Park, tempt your palate with authentic Irish dishes.

On Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m., Marco’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade will head down Bald Eagle Drive, beginning at San Marco Road and wrapping up at Veterans Park on Elkcam Circle. The festivities will continue with live music at the park until approximately 5 p.m.

For those who are members of the Marco Island Residents’ Beach, the music and fun continues at Residents’ Beach at 5 p.m. Some of our area’s most talented musicians are joining forces as they have never before for an Island celebration.

Local musicians JRobert, Frank Carroll, Janet Poole, Steve Reynolds, Jamaica Dave Walker, and Tony Pastrana will all appear on the stage at Residents’ Beach — all in one location for a one time show that will leave all of us wanting more!

As you may know, JRobert is a master of many musical instruments including the fiddle and steel drums. Frank Carroll, Marco’s “Reggae Ambassador,” will strum his way on the guitar and Steve Reynolds will be backing up the band on percussion. Jamaica Dave will add authentic island flavor with his collection of keyboards and synthesizers, and Latin percussionist Tony Pastrana will round out this amazing collection of musicians.

Of course, the loveliest member of the group is Janet, and she has a voice with a range to match all that this group can dish out! Be prepared to hear songs ranging from island to country to rock to Latin to reggae and beyond!

The Paradise Grill at Residents’ Beach is offering a special seafood dinner meal to go along with this extra special island celebration. They are bringing back one of last year’s favorites — the fried grouper basket. Included with the grouper are French fries and coleslaw at a cost of $10.50. If you’re not a grouper-type person, Paradise Grill will offer their regular menu as well. However, to give the grill an idea of how much grouper will be needed, they ask that you pre-purchase the grouper dinner tickets.

Be sure to purchase your food ticket prior to March 8 at either the Paradise Grill or the MICA office at 1770 San Marco Road in the Marco Community Bank Building.

If you’re not a Residents’ Beach member and would like to be, please call the MICA office at 239-642-7778.

We’ve talked about this weekend, but you’ll also need to jot down some dates for next week as well. The members of the Marco Island Shell Club will be hosting their 29th Annual Shell Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 12-14, at the Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle. Admission and parking will be free.

This is a juried competition, with both artistic and scientific divisions, and will have over a hundred entries. So you will see outstanding exhibits of seashells, from Marco Island and around the world, as well as beautiful artistic creations made with shells, including Sailors’ Valentines. The best entries will be awarded ribbons and trophies. The shell crafts and jewelry that Marco Island Shell Club members have been making at their weekly workshops will be for sale, along with a variety of local seashells and sand dollars. Mark your calendars and tell your friends — you don’t want to miss these amazing treasures of the sea!

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