WOW To Do List: History comes alive

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Special night: JCMI Bingo

Due to the holiday, Bingo will be Wednesday night, Jan. 3, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7. The Bingo Committee serves a complimentary supper of a kosher hot dog on a special roll, sauerkraut, relish, pickles, chips, fruit, coffee, tea, ice cream and pastries. Gift certificates are available, perfect for all occasions. The game is open to the public. Information: 239-642-0880.

Marco Players: ‘Flamingo Court’

The Marco Players embrace the emotions, the humor and the lifestyle of what it’s like to grow older while condo living in South Florida with “Flamingo Court – Life in Three Condos;” on stage Jan. 3 through 21 at the Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.  Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Attend the first week of the show and automatically be entered in a drawing to win a dinner cruise for two on The Marco Island Princess. Tickets are on sale at or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 


Are you grieving the loss of a loved one through death? Marco Lutheran Church is offering a Christ Centered support group. This is a DVD led program presented by experts in the field of grief.  They address all aspects of grief and give useful suggestions in coping and recovering from grief. If you know of someone who is experiencing grief, please make them aware of our program.  Beginning Thursday, Jan. 4 (through March 8), the group will meet for 10 weeks, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-0332.

Birding Basics

From 8 a.m. until noon, Jan. 5, enjoy this fun and informative class with Randy McCormick is designed to help novice birders identify birds. The classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species as well as effective use of binoculars and field guides. Attendees will then practice skills and learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip. Information:

East meets West at Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the countries of Cambodia, India and Vietnam interpreted thru three different mediums – fiber, photography and Raku-fired clay during the month of January. Ancient traditions of people, breathtaking places, iconic images and sacred ceremonies will be illuminated and interpreted by artists Muffy Clark Gill (fiber), Joseph C. Parisi, DVM (photography) and Richard Rosen (Raku-fired clay). The exhibition will be on display in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries. Marco Island Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday throught Friday and is located at 010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Opening reception: “Second Tuesday” is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Jan. 9. No reservations are required.

In La Petite Galerie: Artist Vera Ripley’s work will be exhibited.

From left, Marion Nicolay as Deaconess Bedell, Eveyln Case as Nurse Hazel, Betsy Peridchizzi as Tommie Barfield and Cindi Kramer as Molly Hamilton.


History comes alive

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents “History Comes Alive With Marco Island Pioneers” at 7 p.m., Jan. 9, in the Rose History Auditorium. Members are admitted free, non-members are asked to pay $10. Take a trip back in time with the talented Marco Island Historical Society re-enactors as they bring colorful characters from our island’s pioneer past to life. Meet Molly Hamilton portrayed by Cindi Kramer. Molly is the mail-order bride who came to the Ten Thousand Islands in 1917 after answering an advertisement in a magazine placed by John Louis Hamilton. You’ll also meet Nurse Hazel Pettit Griffin, portrayed by Evelyn Case. She attended the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1924. Through her eyes you will have a window into life in the Doxsee Cannery built and opened in 1911. Tommie Barfield, Queen of Marco Island brought to life by Betsy Perdichizzi will be joined on stage by Deaconess Bedell, missionary to the Everglades played by Marion Nicolay as they share the momentous story of the dedication of the Everglades National Park by President Harry Truman.

Lunch & Learn

From noon until 1 p.m., Jan. 9, hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch).  This month’s lecture is entitled "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment.” The program blends Florida, women’s and environmental history into one story of conservation, given by Peggy MacDonald, author and executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville. Information:

Florida residency workshops

The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. will conduct a series on the potential benefits of Florida residency including establishing and maintaining Florida residency, taxes and related Issues, homestead exemption, qualifying for in-state tuition rates and creditor protection. As attorney William G. Morris explained, “There’s more to becoming a Florida resident and maintaining that status than living in the state six months and one day out of the year.” These free, one-hour workshops will spotlight those issues and more. Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones, also on Marco Island will serve as moderator. The sessions are Jan. 10, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 11. The Wednesday sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. RSVP: Kathy Ansted, 239-394-2412.

Festival of Birds

Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, the Jan. 12-14 event encourages exploration of the local environment through dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered by local partners. Field trip prices range from $20 - $140, and registration is required. This year, field trip registration includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday and three featured lectures. The Saturday evening Keynote Presentation is by Dr. Ken Meyer with Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) and is entitled “Data-driven Conservation for Florida’s Imperiled Raptors and Water Birds: 20 Years of Discovery Through ARCI’s Remote Tracking Studies.” Admission is $25 and includes light refreshments. Registration is required. Information:

Free English classes

Free English classes will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., from Jan. 16 until March 27, at Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-8186 or email; visit

MIFA winter film series

Movies include “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965) on Jan. 17, “The Mill & The Cross” (2011) on Jan. 31; “Loving Vincent” (2017) on Feb. 14 and “Frida” (2002) on Feb. 28. All movies shown at 10 a.m.. at Marco Movies, Marco Walk Plaza, 599 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island. For tickets, call Lindy at 239-389-1333 or Clara at 239-404-0657 or Claire at 239-642-9481. Cost is $20 for all four shows. Information:

Silent observance

On Jan. 19, faith communities will gather along Collier Boulevard between the Esplanade and Walgreens from noon until 1 p.m. to silently and prayerfully show their support for the right to life of all human beings from conception to natural death. Non-graphic pro-life signs will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the San Marco R.C. Church parking lot at 851 San Marco Road and along the route.

Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance

The annual Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance will be hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes from 6:30 until 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Dinner menu will include salad, prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and coffee with cash bar. Substitution for beef will be available upon request at time of ticket purchase. There will be a 50/50 drawing, fabulous raffle prizes and beautiful baskets of cheer to be auctioned.  Entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by the duo, “Cahlua & Cream.” Tickets are on sale at the Parish Office at $55 per person. Information: Anne Batte at 239-394-3563, Mary Cay Moll at 239-394-1016 or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158.  

Birds of the Beach Workshop

From 8 a.m. until noon, Jan. 20: In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually.  The classroom session is followed by a field trip to practice identification skills. Information:

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Jan. 22: If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Information:

Tales from the Coast

From 6 until 8 p.m., Jan. 24: Join the Friends of Rookery Bay for the first lecture in the 2018 Tales from the Coast lecture series. This month’s featured speaker is David E. Guggenheim, Ph.D., marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, ocean explorer, submarine pilot and educator. Dr. Guggenheim will share his recent coral reef and ocean conservation work in Cuba and the Caribbean. Information:

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