After darkness set in around 6 pm a mix of about two dozen power & sailboats circled the Big Marco River right in perfect view of the open house going on at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The capacity crowd got a clear comfortable view from both dock level and upstairs. The boats were decked out in full spirit sporting everything from deck top Santas to complete reindeer formations with many also broadcasting great Christmas time music. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the event and people packed all the available waterside accommodations across the island.
Instead of the Sharks and Jets, it's the shepherds and townies. And Maria doesn't bring the two groups together by pointing out the futility of street violence. It's Mary, who solves all the town's ills, and mankind's, by bringing into the world the Prince of Peace. "The Bethlehem Project" is a play full of raucous joy. Its theme is simple: We all want to point out differences, but at heart were all the same. We want to belong and not be demeaned.
With Christmas almost upon us, and the upcoming tourist season right behind, the membership of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce took an evening to mingle, celebrate, and bestow awards for those who exemplify the spirit of giving.
On Saturday the last day of the 2011 calendar year, and into Sunday the first day of a new one the Coconut Point Shopping Mall went and came with an artistic splash. With artists from around the country and the area, was presented the New Year’s Eve Weekend Art Festival.
McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill went all out this holiday season by sponsoring “Festive on Fifth” at Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue. From December 28 through December 31, musical entertainment, dancing and an elaborate array of food and beverage topped off with thousands of lights will light up the sky from 7 pm - midnight.
With plenty of sunshine and lots of rides and activities it was perfect conditions for a Noon Year's Eve party at King Richard's Family Fun Park. In anticipation of the 12 noon balloon drop families did everything from speed along in fast paced go carts to live alligator feeding. At the strike of 12 "King Richard" himself appeared to the delight of the kids while balloons and confetti tumbled down to highlight the celebration. A festive time was had by all.