With two storied football powers taking the field at the most opulent stadium in the league, the folks that forecast these sorts of things are expecting the Super Bowl to be the most watched television show ever.
About 110 million people will be glued to their HDTVs watching Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers tussle with Ben
Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But that means another
200 plus million Americans will being doing something completely different.
In Naples, the options for non Super Bowl viewers are off the charts, from one of the biggest festivals of the year to an art exhibit by a rock icon. If you don’t want to watch the big game, it doesn’t mean your Sunday has to be a big dud.
Everglades Seafood Festival
It’s one of the biggest annual events in Southwest Florida. Tens of thousands of people will flock to Everglades City to eat fried seafood, play carnival games and enjoy a strong line-up of country singers.
Former “American Idol” runner-up Josh Gracin and local phenom Casey Weston lead an entertainment roster that includes country duo Joey and Rory, Marco Island psychobillies the Gladezmen, classic rock and blues cover band Weathered Souls and LoCash Cowboys.
On the food side, the main event is seafood. But don’t expect lobster thermidor. This festival celebrates all things fried — from shrimp to scallops to gator. This isn’t a festival for folks looking to limit caloric intake.
Parking is always packed and the road into Everglades City gets backed up, sometimes to U.S. 41 and beyond, so come early or be patient.
When: 5 to 11 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Everglades City, four miles south of U.S. 41 on State Road 29
The art of Grace Slick
The Harry Chapin Food Bank has a thing for classic rock icons who dabble in the arts. For years the nonprofit has been bringing the artwork of John Lennon to Third Street South for exhibitions.
This year, they’ve found a new “somebody to love” — Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick. After her turn as the front woman for one of the more rebellious rock acts of the 1960s, Slick traded in her microphone for a paintbrush. Slick, now 71, has painted full time for a decade now and has her work on tour constantly, although she no longer attends the events.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: 1260 Third St. S.
Admission: $2 donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank
Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boating Show
Want to learn the most efficient way to butcher a red snapper? Or how to mix up a super-funky bucket of chum? Maybe you’re into saltwater fly fishing, stalking reds via kayak or you just want to enter little Johnny in his first fishing tournament.
This is your weekend, as the largest angling show in the “Fishing Capital of the World” comes to Fort Myers on Saturday and Sunday at the Lee County Civic Center on Bayshore Road.
That’s right. More people flock to the Lee County Civic Center for the Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boating show than any similar event in the state.
“It’s the best attended show in the state,” said show organizer Denise Oyler. “Fort Myers and the Southwest Florida area draws more people than anywhere in the state.”
Last year more than 5,000 people witnessed the sights and sounds of 50,000 square feet of fishing fanaticism. Oyler said she expects similar numbers this weekend.
So what’s the big draw?
“Its our magazine alive,” Oyler said. “Things you’ve read about and the techniques actually come to life in these shows.”
Several of Florida fishing’s big names will be at the event, including Mark Nichols, developer of D.O.A. lures; Captain Rick De Paiva of Pine Island Sound; and Captain Blair Wiggins (aka Mogan Man), host of the state’s longest running saltwater TV show “Addictive Fishing.”
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
Where: Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers
Admission: Adults: $8; children 12 and under with a parent: free