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Full gallery »Spring Jubilee, Marco Island, 2014

  • Ava Buis, 6, Lila Buis, 4, Liberty and Raymond Johannes, 5 and 3, show off their hauls. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kids scoop up eggs at maximum speed. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dan Moll brings the K of C train around the bed, loaded with kids. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mindy Gordon of the Parks and Recreation Dept. welcomes the crowd. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Field of dreams - volunteers finish placing the eggs. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Liam Wilson, 4, works on his Sno-Cone. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

You can’t really “hide” eggs on a soccer field. The pancake-flat, clipped grassy area held no cover for 20,000 brightly colored plastic eggs, waiting for swarms of eager, not to say rapacious, young children to come and scoop them up into buckets, bags and baskets. The Easter egg hunt and, again, “hunt” is the traditional term, but it could perhaps more accurately be termed the Easter egg grab provides the culmination of the massive kiddie party that is the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Spring Jubilee.



Full gallery »Marco Island Easter sunrise services 2014

  • Rev. Dr. Steve Schoof of Marco Presbyterian Church delivers his sermon. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Soloist Dawn Birch sings 'Because He Lives.' Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Peggy Galli shoots a photo of the crowd before the ceremony. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Master of ceremonies Alan Sandlin welcomes the crowd. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • John Stein plays a prelude. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Linda Flores makes a hot beverage delivery. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News


Full gallery »Boy Scouts dig

  • Scout Christopher Bryan, 13, digs deeper into the past. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gene Erjavec, left, Andrew Smith, Jordan Davidson and Scoutmaster Dan Davidson sort through the debris in a wooden sifter. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Bingo!' Gene Erjavec holds a stone used to weigh down fishing nets thousands of years ago. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Andrew Smith, left, and Scoutmaster Dan Davidson prepare to dump earth into a wooden sifter held by Jordan Davidson. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The section of the island is called “Old Marco,” and the name may be more apt than many people realize. Just steps away from the Snook Inn at the north end of Bald Eagle Drive, Gene Erjavec led a group of Boy Scouts on a tour down into Marco Island’s past, excavating their way down through the remains of 10,000 years of human habitation. The area is a hotbed of history. Just around the corner at what is now Vernon Place, the storied Key Marco Cat was unearthed in 1896 by a Smithsonian expedition led by Frank Cushing. The earliest modern settlement of Marco Island took place here, and the spot chosen for the dig once held the home of Ralph Doxee, whose family clam cannery provided a major early economic engine for Marco.



Full gallery »Re/Max Awards, Marco Island, 2014

  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat, center, receives a gag award from Mike O'Rourke and Mike Boland. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat and general manager Maggie thousand with their overall sales award. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bonnie Zaikov, left, and Rachel Dehanas receive awards from general manager Maggie Thousand, center. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Alan and Linda Sandlin, left, speak with Mercedes Baez and Rick Hanscom. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat talks to his troops. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat, left, presents Bill Filbin with an award for being named Realtor of the Year by the local board. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Local Re/Max real estate associates have a lot of reasons to celebrate about 430,000,000 of them. That figure, $430 million, is the total dollar volume for the brokerage group as a whole last year. This number, which should cheer all Marco Island property owners and the office’s friendly competitors, puts the Re/Max Affinity Plus at number two for Re/Max offices in the entire state of Florida, behind only the Sarasota affiliate.



Full gallery »Relay for Life, Marco Island, 2014

  • Firefighters march in full gear. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • William Sueaquan of Marco carries son Roy, age 3. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wayne Waldack marches with the Knights of Columbus color guard for the opening Survivors' Lap to open the event. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Event chairman Raul Medina reads a welcome to the crowd before the start. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Peter Dannemann takes a swing with the big hammer. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Karina Paape fills her plate at the survivors' dinner. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

With their legs a little heavier, but their hearts and wallets a little lighter, Marco Island has put another Relay for Life into the record books. Uncounted hundreds, comprising 29 different teams, walked around and around the track, moved for this year to Mackle Park, starting at 4 p.m. on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and carrying on through the night till 6 a.m. Sunday morning.



Full gallery »Bay Days, Tigertail, 2014

  • Girl Scouts from Naples Troop 490 earn their Bay Days T-shirt for picking up trash at Tigertail Beach on Saturday as part of the Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. From left are Haley Lamb, Sydney Murray, Emma Lubas and Haley Mahoney. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Haley Lamb of Girl Scout Troop 490 in Naples gets help putting on her plastic glove to pick up trash at Tigertail Beach on Saturday. The troop’s community service was part of Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joseph Parisi and Susan LaGrotta of Friends of Tigertail get ready to hang a sign promoting cleaner beaches as part of Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Friends of Tigertail was the sponsor organization for the cleanup at Tigertail Beach on Saturday. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Amy Webb signs in at the Tigertail Beach kiosk to be a volunteer to pick up trash for Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Friends of Tigertail organized the Saturday event. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco resident Debbie Roddy stands by a new beach marker placed near Marco Island’s south beach entrance. In her dual role on the city’s Beach Advisory Committee and Collier County’s Coastal Advisory Committee, Roddy addressed the need for updated signs. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

The Friends Of Tigertail Beach once again called on volunteers to help clean up Tigertail Beach on Saturday, at the annual Bay Days cleanup event. Garbage bags and work gloves were provided courtesy of Keep Collier Beautiful.



Full gallery »Just Friends cooking demo at CJ's

  • From left, Pam Callinan, Florence Fisk, Lynn Hall, Jan Minuitti and Pat Terreri listen intently to Chef Laura Owen's words of wisdom. Submited
  • Looking forward to a fun demo and yummy lunch are, from left, Madeline Moore,  Susie Walsh, Carol Rosasco and Cea Horton. Submitted
  • Chef Laura Owen chats with Just Friends members before the cooking demo;. From left, Owen, Dottie Henderson, Cathy Mendygraw, Eileen Carlsen, Carol Rosasco and Jo Bailey. Submitted

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.



Full gallery »Tour de Marco 2014

  • Riders enjoy a little downhill in the estates section. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Saving on tires, this tandem twosome turns off San Marco Rd. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Riders head out for the 15 mile jaunt. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Saving on tires, this tandem twosome turns off San Marco Rd. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Riders prepare to head out for the 15 mile jaunt. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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.



Full gallery »Festival of the Arts, Marco Island, 2014

  • Marco artist Lee Horton applies face paint to Brielle Ramirez, 5. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Betsy and Justin Hanna push Teagan and Tyler in their stroller. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Photographer Brent Anderson specializes in Everglades photography. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Leon Ruiz and his paintings came from his California studio. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Art Center executive director Hyla Crane takes in the show Sunday. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Sculptor Steve Umphrey and one of his creations. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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.



Full gallery »Business Expo, Marco Island, 2014

  • Tom Wagor of First National Bank of the Islands spins his company's prize wheel. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rick LoCastro of Physicians Regional validates Sherri      Medeiros' card. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Shelley Anderson, left, and Robin Shifflett of Sunshine Tours talk with customers. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dianna Dohm of Mutual of Omaha gets into the 'Wild Kingdom' spirit. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mike Donnelly with the corkscrew he won spinning the wheel at First National Bank of the Gulf Coast. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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.



Full gallery »Enchantments exhibit

  • The Olds girls: Rosalie (three year old), Saloma (five), and Orida (eight) playing on the beach at Marco Island on Christmas Day.Their parents, Mary Johnson Olds and Charles Louis Olds, were homeopathic physicians who moved to Marco in 1901-1902. American Museum of Natural History Library: 49476
  • Courtesy images.library.amnh.org/Julian A. Dimock 
 Rope Cypress, standing in canoe shooting bow and arrow, clouds above, The Everglades, Florida, 1910
  • A.W. Dimock with one of the cameras in a photo taken by his son Julian. AMNH image 47641
  • April 11, 1906 Aboard the Irene, an 18-ton, 37-foot houseboat, the Dimocks navigated the waters of Southwest Florida. Local men from Marco Island served as captain and crew.  American Museum of Natural History Library: 48485
  • April 26, 1906, a moonshiner in the Big Cypress Swamp. A. W. wrote: “The big iron kettle over the fire was fitted with a wooden top, deftly fashioned from a section of a cypress tree three feet in diameter, the stump of which served as a table within the glade. An iron pipe led from the cypress cover of the kettle through a wooden box of water, and from its projecting end poured a tiny stream of the potent product of the still.” American Museum of Natural History Library: 48810
  • February 2, 1905, at Henderson Creek sugar cane juice was boiled down as a part of the process used to make cane syrup. American Museum of Natural History Library: 48752

Just over 100 years ago, a father and son team explored the wilderness surrounding Marco Island. A sampling of their work is on display through March 29 at the Marco Island Historical Museum, and on March 19, the academic who helped bring them to light lectured on how they came to be.



Full gallery »Spaghetti dinner, Marco Island, 2014

  • Early birds Cecilia Veal, Sam Terilli, and Harry Veal. The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Betty Arrigo, Sal Arrigo, and Buddie Baranak. The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Columbiettes, from left, Roseanne Hill, Joan Pidherny, Nancy Nadeau, Mary Cay Moll, Carmen Bingham, Kathleen Reynolds, Sophia Bartucci, Barbara De Rosa, and Georgia Pavin. The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kathleen Reynolds, volunteer and beneficiary for the event, awaits diners at the event's beginning. The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dan Moll stirs the big sauce pot. The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • An unidentified Daughter of Erin loads up a plate with (secret) spaghetti sauce.The Knights of Columbus hosted a spaghetti dinner Wednesday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

What a difference a day makes. While the Knights of Columbus fish fry Friday has pulled in as many as 800 diners to the San Marco parish hall, Wednesday’s spaghetti dinner drew “only” 270, said K of C Deputy Grand Knight Joseph Fatony. “It’s very light. There were other things going on on the island,” he said, mentioning a lunch that day at the Italian-American Club, as well as the Mutts & Martinis event at the Esplanade. In an ironic blend of cultures and cuisines, the dinner, hosted by the K of C, was a benefit for the Sons and Daughters of Erin, to help defray the expenses of their recent St. Patrick’s Day parade. Sons and Daughters founder Kathleen Reynolds, who is also a Columbiette, the knights’ ladies auxiliary, was on hand helping out.



Full gallery »Mutts & Martinis, Marco Island, 2014

  • Zoe is Bichon in electric aqua. Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Helen Kocoras dogsits Kenny. Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A dog and a drink- Jaime, a golden retriever who came with Helene and Warren Sabatino, gets his own (non-alcoholic) drink. Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lance and Kelly Van Hooren have the martini part covered. Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Yorkie poo Isabella is a shrimp as half of Laurie Harris' 'bait and tackle.' Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The original party animal. Mutts and Martinis, raising funds for Bedtime Bundles, returned to the Esplanade on Wednesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

No dog has a burning desire to dress up in a fancy costume. Their owners, on the other paw, eat this stuff up like dog yummies. Hundreds came out to the Esplanade on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon for “Mutts & Martinis,” the sixth annual “Yappy Hour” event. Mutts & Martinis raises funds for Bedtime Bundles, the local children’s charity, and does a great job of it.



Full gallery »Bridge Run, Marco Island, 2014

  • Winner Josh Eaton had opened up a mile-long lead by the time he reached the bridge. The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mike Konopinski finished first in his age group and second overall. The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Half marathoners start out. The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Timers Amaury Da Costa, left, and Andres Hernandez compile the stats. The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Organizer Fred Kramer refills the tub of water bottles.  The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Winner Josh Eaton has opened up a mile-long lead by the time he recrossed the bridge, with the next runner still heading the other way . The sixth annual Bridge Run had half marathoners climbing the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland twice, plus 5k runners for a total of about 600 racing early on Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Over 500 got up early to run the 6th Annual Bridge Run, with both a half marathon and 5k distance available. The half marathoners set off first, starting from the Shops of Marco at 7:30 a.m. before the sun rose, although the spectacular full moon had just dipped below the opposite horizon. Over 300 ran the longer distance, which included ascending the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge by Goodland, then turning around and climbing it again, after running through the tree-lined streets of Key Marco.



Full gallery »Nest Fest, 2014

  • Bonny and Caleb Loring 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Carla Mickes, lest, and Ginny Jermanok 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Patty McPherson, left, and Jody Taylor 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Susie Walsh, left, and Linda Turner 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • Jean Hartman 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
  • George and Carol Engstrom 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

A convocation of eagle lovers met at the Island Country Club for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. The bywords for Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s March 16 Fourth Annual Nest Fest Gala’s were education and conservation. Their goal is to continue to conserve the eagles and Marco Eagle Sanctuary located on Tigertail Court, where over 100 species of birds have been identified.



Full gallery »Marco Island Shell Show, 2014

  • Charles Barr won a first place for this sign made ofÉ The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Elaine Barr, left, and Betty Krupa consider a floral arrangement. The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Frames like this are called 'sailors' valentines.' The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • This hermit crab collected by Marge Tunnell is bigger than a man's hand. The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A lamp encrusted with scallop shells. The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Pat Linn and her husband Bob won Best in Show for their scientific exhibit. The Marco Island Shell Club kicked off their big annual Shell Show, which will run through Saturday, at United Church of Marco on Thursday morning.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Sure, there are learned scientific exhibits, and breathtaking artistic creations. But when the doors opened Thursday morning at the Marco Island Shell Club’s 34th annual Shell Show, the line of ladies, and a few gentlemen, headed straight to the sales tables. Over 150 members of the shell club have been laboring over a hot glue gun for months, creating floral arrangements, Christmas tree ornaments, whimsical animals, and even complete layer cakes, sliced open to show the interior, entirely out of seashells. For the next three days Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the fellowship hall at the United Church of Marco on Barfield Drive will host thousands of shell enthusiasts going through the creations to pick and purchase their favorites.



Full gallery »March After 5, Marco Island, 2014

  • Chamber president Jacquie Koon comes between City Manager Roger Hernstadt and his wife Jessica. The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event - one week early - Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tiffany Homuth of Mutual of Omaha says, no thanks, she won't repeat the anti-rain dance that kept the gathering dry. The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event - one week early - Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gary and Sandy Elliott, from left, Bill and Liz Doyle. The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event - one week early - Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event â“ one week early â“ Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chamber president Jacquie Koon makes a few anouncements. The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event - one week early - Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Capt. Rudi Landwaard expounds. The chamber of commerce held their March After Five event - one week early - Wednesday evening on the rooftop of Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

It was “After Five,” but before Mutts & Martinis. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce moved their monthly networking event up a week so as not to conflict with next week’s “dogs and drinks” affair at the Esplanade. They also moved up in the world, holding the After Five on the rooftop courtyard at the San Marco Road office of co-sponsor Mutual of Omaha Bank. It was, literally, “drinks on the house,” as not only the comestibles from Nacho Mama’s, but alcoholic beverages were provided free of charge to attendees. Why hold a chamber schmoozefest at a bank? Well, as noted bank robber Willie Sutton put it, “that’s where the money is.”



Full gallery »St. Patrick's Day Parade, Marco Island, 2014

  • The Royal Marco Cats of the Red Hat Society introduce another color to the proceedings. Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The MICMS contingent, led by Martha Miller, gives new meaning to the phrase 'big band.' Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Knights of Columbus Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator share a convertible. Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The MICMS contingent, led by Martha Miller, gives new meaning to the phrase 'big band.' Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Island Dance Academy dancers wave to the crowd. Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Two fire chiefs for the price of one. Marco Island's St. Patrick's parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive Sunday afternoon, with floats, bands, and green everywhere. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

There’s a method in their March marching madness. Marco Island traditionally holds its St. Patrick’s Day parade early, one week ahead of the massive St. Paddy’s parade in Naples, thereby allowing bands and floats to march in both. The Sons and Daughters of Erin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched up Bald Eagle Drive on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of spectators sat in the bright sun or sought the shade of trees along the parade route, with children dashing out to grab the candy tossed by the passing paraders.



Full gallery »K of C Fish Fry, 2014

  • Bill Lewis, right, dishes up the chow with his fellow volunteers. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteers Bob Myslivec and Bob Wilcox. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The boys in the kitchen: Ed Eastwood, Jerry Proski, and Richard Boulanger, from left. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Grand Knight Joe Farnsworth wears his badge of office. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kathy Eisenschink, center, is flanked by sisters Joan Zittlow and Sue Holewinski, right. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Arlene Coff, left, and Lynne Minozzi are ready to be taken out. San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus packed in the diners for their first Friday fish fry at the parish hall. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

It may not have been feeding the 5,000, but it wasn’t far from it. The first fish fry of the season was thronged Friday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Over 900 diners came to be served by dozens of volunteers at the event put on by the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council, number 6344. If Henry Ford had invented the restaurant, it would have looked like this, with an assembly line technique making it possible to move the horde of patrons through the process, loading up with baked or fried fish, side dishes and beer or wine from the cash bar. City Councilman Joe Batte directed traffic, steering diners into the long rows of tables for maximum efficiency, and crews showed up on cue to offer ice cream for dessert, bus the tables and clean up for the next wave in the “fish factory.”



Full gallery »Frankenstein at Marco Lutheran

  • Craig Greusel, as Victor Frankenstein, realizes he has created life, in the form of Joseph Byrne as the Creature. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joseph Byrne as the Creature tries to get close to Tiffany Marz, while 'blind man' Marvin Klein sits by. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Craig Greusel, as Victor Frankenstein, realizes he has created life, in the form of Joseph Byrne as the Creature. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Peter Galluzzo as the Executioner with condemned criminal Joseph Byrne. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joseph Byrne as the Creature looks at a potential bride, Tiffany Marz. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Craig Greusel as Victor Frankenstein with his fiance, played by Katie Whitson. Marco Lutheran Church will host three performances of 'Frankenstein' this weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Dr. Frankenstein had only the best intentions really. But his plan to ease the suffering of mankind, by making it possible to bring people back from the dead, hit some serious snags. These are recounted onstage this weekend during three performances of “Frankenstein A New Musical” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday” at Marco Lutheran Church.




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