Members of Just Friends enjoyed a cooking demo at CJ’s with Chef Laura Owen. They were given a tour of the kitchen as Owen explained the various posts of food preparation. The lunch demo included a main dish, salad, dessert and wine. Owen gave cooking hints and shared some favorite cook book titles with the group.
What is a cycling event without a scandal? In the aftermath of the fourth annual Tour de Marco on Sunday morning, controversy reared its head. Okay, not really. But rider Eric Emmer, who signed up for and completed the 30-mile ride, the longest of the three distances available, did point out afterward that it wasn’t really 30 miles.
Marco Island boasts many exhibits, galleries, and shows opportunities to “expose yourself to art,” as the saying goes but over the weekend, the island took a step into the big leagues of art. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, held Saturday and Sunday in Veterans Community Park, brought over 150 artists together, both top national names and accomplished locals, in a juried show put on by promoter Howard Alan. He is responsible for some of the nation’s most-respected art fairs, including the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, the Downtown Venice Art Classic, St. Armands Circle Art Festival, and the Las Olas Art Fairs.
The action was fast paced out at FGCU's Alico Arena where the 2nd annual Dodge Ball to benefit the Children's Home Society was held. Teams formed up from local schools, businesses & social clubs to help raise about $5,000 for the charity. Executive Director Rebecca Mc Guire said "It's a great event to support children & families." She also noted that in just its second year the event has already grown with 14 teams taking to the hardwood floor this year. Many sponsorships also defrayed the costs, allowing for a win-win situation for all involved. Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
Attendance was strong at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Monday afternoon. For this 14th annual event, the official clicker showed 393 visitors with 45 minutes still to go at 5:45. The function room at the Marriott was filled, and so was the parking lot, with essentially every space taken, creative interpretations used to make additional spots, and cars trailing anyone who walked toward the parked cars, eager to snap up the vacancy created.