3 To Do: Art, history and achievements

Marco Eagle

1. Second Tuesday: 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.

Muffy Clark Gill is a mixed-media and fiber artist that has won over 50 awards during the course of her 30-year career.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through 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., Tuesday, Jan. 9. No reservations are required.

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

Information: marcoislandart.org.

2. JCMI to honor nonagenarians

On Friday, Jan. 5, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island will honor, at a Shabbat service, 15 present nonagenarian members as well as seven who will achieve that status in 2018, plus one member turning 100 in April.

Most of these members are remain active in our regular JCMI programs.  The combined years of membership with JCMI since its inception is 522 years.

The service will be led by Rabbi Mark Gross and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. There is an old Yiddish expression that one offers to someone who has reached this status that translates to, “You should live to be 120!”  We certainly hope so!

Information: marcojcmi.com.

3. Historical Society brings history to life

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.

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


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.

Information: themihs.info.