Marcophiles: The 'Q' factor of Marco's new Seafood Festival

Many cancer survivors take part in the annual Relay for Life, as in this group of walkers in 2008, led by Honorary Survivor Judy Mayo, carrying her 'spirit stick'.  This year's Relay is at Mackle Park March 27 and 28.

Submitted / American Cancer Society

Many cancer survivors take part in the annual Relay for Life, as in this group of walkers in 2008, led by Honorary Survivor Judy Mayo, carrying her 'spirit stick'. This year's Relay is at Mackle Park March 27 and 28.

Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers were great!  The crowd was gathered early, setting up table with foods, wines and deserts, and all enjoyed the  evening. The weather was great, and the sunset was Marco-style¦ incredible!

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Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers were great! The crowd was gathered early, setting up table with foods, wines and deserts, and all enjoyed the evening. The weather was great, and the sunset was Marco-style¦ incredible!

Sometimes seafood festivals in Southwest Florida seem as ubiquitous as cell phones. They can run from high end to run of the mill.

Now comes the first of what could be an annual Marco Island Seafood Festival. And in our view, the “Q” factor is key to its success, this time and in years to come.

Quality shows in the planning of this event. You’ll be reading and hearing a lot about it because it’s sponsored by, among others, this and other newspapers, four area radio stations, key realtors, Cedar Bay Yacht Club, Lutgert Insurance, both Marco Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis.

“It’s unusual to get the three civic clubs to work together,” notes festival spokesman Ewout Rijk de Vries. “They all are service organizations but are very different in their approach. Now they’re volunteering and working hard together on this charity project.”

Quality shows in the choice of entertainment. Groups include J Robert & Raiford Starke Band, Gary & Kerri, Fakahatchee 2B Productions, IKO-IKO Blues band, Albert Castiglia and more.

The seafood? Quality is key there too, with vendors limited to ten, offering a wide variety of fresh fish, stone crab, shrimp, blue crab, fish chowder and other dishes. Cold beer and excellent wines are on the menu.

Mark the dates: March 28-29 at Marco’s Veterans Community Park. Info: www.marcoislandseafood.com

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RESIDENTS’ BEACH ROCKIN’ WITH REGGAE AND OTHER ISLAND MUSIC

How soon can MICA put together another evening of island music like the one on Sunday March 8 at Residents’ Beach? It can’t come soon enough to suit hundreds of the people who went to that one.

These live, super-casual concerts have people talking in terms of a new tradition or a regular series or such.

The most recent was a sun-splashed Sunday late afternoon early evening array of local talent on stage, with appreciative fans in lawn chairs, deck chairs, blankets, camp tables, enjoying food and drink, from home or from the Residents’ Beach Paradise Grill.

Where else can you gather at a free event to hear the sounds of J. Robert, Frank Carroll, Janet Poole, Jamaica Dave Walker, Tony Pastrana, D.L. Turner and Steve Reynolds playing virtually non-stop until sunset?

All these artists are talented and entertaining. Coming together to entertain on one stage at one time is just terrific.

It was fun and funny, giving the audience a get-down beat and an uplift sound all at the same time. Some couldn’t resist the impulse to dance in the grass in front of the bandstand while others clapped and sang along.

At one point, many of us smiled and nodded when we realized we were hearing a lilting salsa version of “Let it Be”. Beatles anyone?

Or how about more than a hint of Elvis when our island guys gave a classy, sassy treatment to the standard that starts out, “Wise men say, only cools rush in….” You can’t help falling in love with that, as well as with evenings like this on Marco Island.

Two events of note are upcoming: The Lely High School Jazz Band, Saturday April 4 and our favorite local DooWop group, Magic Moments, Sunday April 26. Anyone who wants to join the Residents’ beach and qualifies to belong can call MICA for details – 642-7778.

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LCEC WARNING ON CFL BULBS SOUNDS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE

By now we all know we can conserve energy and save on our electric bill by switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, CFLs.

But a note in a recent Lee County Electric newsletter is downright scary. It’s called “What to do when a CFL breaks.” It’s all about mercury in the bulbs.

1. Ventilate the room. Open windows, leave the room and close the

door for 30 minutes.

2. With disposable gloves, gather glass pieces and powder with stiff

paper, cardboard or sticky tape. Clean hard surfaces with damp disposable wipes. Never vacuum or sweep up broken CFL debris.

3. On a carpet or rug vacuum, remove the bag put into a sealed plastic bag.

4. Throw away any clothing or bedding that came into direct contact

with broken glass or powder. Wipe down shoes with disposable wipes.

5. Put the broken CFL and cleanup materials in doubled and

plastic bags and take it all to a local household hazardous waste center. Then wash your hands and face thoroughly.

Or we could just stay with incandescent bulbs until they’re no longer sold or made illegal.

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emails: chris@chriscurle.com and don@donfarmer.com

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388 Lamplighter Dr. Marco Island FL 34145 ph: 239-394-0011 Email: don@donfarmer.com

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