SWFLA To Do List: Celebrating Estero, Storytellers, more
Naples Concert Band
It's time for the Naples Concert Band 50th Anniversary Concerts. They are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. A special commissioned work, "The Dolphins of Paradise Coast," by film composer Rossano Galante, is on the program. Pianist Jodie DeSalvo and singers Heather Ivy and Mark Sanders will join the band. Harris Lanzel conducts. $15-$25 Saturday at artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900; freewill offering Sunday.
Billy Dean & Dawn, one of Southwest Florida’s most versatile musical groups, will be performing pop, rock, Broadway, jazz and country at the Village of Estero’s 7th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at the Estero Park. There will be something for everyone, including face painting and a bounce house for children. A variety of local food vendors will be on site for those wishing to purchase food. The party starts at 11 a.m. with time for eating, mingling, dancing to the music and children’s activities. From 12-12:30 p.m., there will be a short recognition of Estero’s community leaders. Then, it’s time for more food, entertainment and dancing.
Bob Smith Jazz Quintet
From 2 until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 6 and March 20, the Bob Smith Jazz Quintet will play a concert at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Contact information: LTKehoe@hotmail.com 612-327-3835.
Left Bank Art Fest
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 6 and April 3, at The Esplanade, 740 Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Juried artists include photography, jewelry, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, ceramics, wood, bronze, glass and more. Free admission and free parking. Information: 239-290-7927.
Storytellers in Naples
The Storytellers Project of Southwest Florida presents real-life stories from tellers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Five Southwest Floridians will tell stories with theme of "Growing Up." Tickets from $8 and available at storytellersproject.com.
Shell show and art sale
Shell show and art sale
The Marco Island Shell Club is holding its 40th Annual Shell Show and Shell Art Sale Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 10, 11, and 12 at the New Life Community Church, 489 W. Elkcam Circle. There will be beautiful shell art and shell scientific exhibits to enjoy as well as a huge collection of Shell Art for you to purchase. Admission is $3, children 12 and under free.
‘Songs of Ireland’
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is hosting the Gulfshore Opera’s GO Divas, who will be performing “Songs of Ireland” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Tickets: $25. Information: 239-642-0800.
Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival
It’s the Big 10 – 10th Annual Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival! On Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, the Goodland Civic Association and Collier County Parks and Recreation host this juried fine arts and crafts show featuring world class artists in a wide and wild assortment of media; live music; creative foods; and stunning raffle packages. Star of stage and screen, JRobert, has gathered an A-list of Florida musicians and songwriters appearing live from the MarGood sound stage. Great food, great art, and great music all within the boundaries of historic and picturesque waterfront MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave., Goodland. Information: email@example.com.
‘Preserving Native Plants’
On Monday, March 14, Calusa Garden Club presents Andee Naccarato of the Naples Branch of Florida Native Plant Society who will speak on “Preserving Native Plants in Residential Landscapes to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Pollinators.” The public is welcome to attend the presentation which will take place at 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Marco Players: ‘America’s Sexiest Couple’
A romantic comedy about two actors who were “America’s Sexiest Couple” on a popular sitcom who reunite for the first time in 25 years. Although they face a lifetime of unresolved issues, longings, resentments, and regrets — the story is charming and funny. Written by Ken Levine, Ken is an Emmy winning writer, director, and producer. Additionally, the theater gallery wall will display the works of featured artist Giampaolo Curreri. “Couple” is on stage March 16 through April 3, at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $39.50 or $34 each with the purchase of a theater membership. Tickets are on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270.
Southwest Florida's most talented singers are back with a whole new show and some new talent. They will be performing on March 17-20 at the Marco Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. The 6th Annual “Singin' Broadway” is a special concert event featuring all new songs from Broadway musicals including “Cabaret,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Frozen,” “Jersey Boys,” “Hamilton” and many more. Shows are at 7:30 with a 2:30 p.m., matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at islandtheatercompany.com, in person at the Presbyterian Church office Monday through Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., or at the door prior to the show on a first come first serve basis.
Auction at Golf Gala
You don’t have to be a golfing enthusiast to enjoy the evening of Friday, March 18, in congenial company with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the historic Naples Depot Museum while you browse the silent auction items that have been donated. Among the prizes on offer are a private tram tour of the Fakahatchee, a Miccosukee heritage airboat tour, signed books, aerial photos, and original local artwork. However, if you are interested in golf, there is a special exhibit at the Museum titled “Naples on the Golf” and you can chat with guest celebrity Tony Kelley, PGA Hall of Fame golfer, who winters on Marco Island and has graciously agreed to appear. The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, a 501(c)(3) charity, and benefits their effort to renovate the old Bank of Everglades Building, completed in 1927 in Collier County's first seat. Reservations are required and limited to only 75 attendees. To book your tickets, visit website www.SaveBOE.com/events or send a check for $200 per person to “ESHP” at P O Box 46, Everglades City, FL, 34139. Information: Patty at 239-719-0020.
‘Come Walk with Me’ and help CurePSP
It’s more than a casual walk around the lake in Marco Island’s Mackle Park. It’s literally a step-by-step way for us to make more people aware of deadly neurological brain diseases and their indiscriminate attacks on the minds and bodies of our loved ones. Come walk to remember those we’ve lost and to recognize those struggling in the present, including caregivers, families, friends, supporters and the medical experts who are on the front lines of the battle. The 19th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk is 10:30 a.m., March 19 at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information: Cindy MacDonald at 239-353-3960, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit psp.org/event/19marcoislandwalk/.
Pirates & Pearls gala
The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents their annual gala on Saturday, March 19, at the newly remodeled Island Country Club on Marco Island. This year’s gala is entitled Pirates & Pearls and promises an evening of swashbuckling fun according to gala Chairs Jim and Allyson Richards. Tickets are $225 per person. The evening will include a reception with silent auction and pirate-themed games and prizes, dinner, live auction, and dancing to the music of the popular Too Hot Trio. Guests are encouraged to wear pirate-themed or smart casual attire. Gala proceeds will support the Marco Island Historical Society and the non-profit organization’s mission to preserve and share the history and heritage of Marco Island and the surrounding community. Information: 239-389-6447 or visit themihs.org.
At 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island. Information: marcojcmi.com or by calling 239-642-0800.
Photography Annual Exhibition: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through April 27. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Photos from some 15 photographers juried by Dennis Goodman of Dennis Goodman Photography.
‘9,999 Songs to Go’
Visitors and locals alike gather at Margood Harbor Theater in Goodland, Florida, to hear award winning songwriters play original Florida music every first Monday of the month. J. Robert’s “10,000 Songs from the 10,000 Islands” is celebrating 5 years of new songs and stories this coming from 6:30 until 8:30 pm., all first Mondays of the month. Outdoors event opens at 6 p.m. Performers include: Tim McGeary, Charlie Pace, Chef Bob, Earth to Nerth, Peter Tracy and Marie Nofsinger.
Discover the various botanical specimens collected by the Utopian pioneer Koreshans and their specific purpose on this walking tour. Guests will tour the late 18th/early 20th century settlement and learn the history of this progressive society which promoted women's right to vote, equality of the sexes and education for all. Cost: $10 and $4 park admission. Purchase tickets online at friendsofkoreshan.org/page-7741.
Farmers Market at Mackle Park
The Marco Island Farmers Market has relocated to Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island; due to construction at Veterans Community Park. The market will be from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., every Wednesday until April 20. Information, cityofmarcoisland.com.
South Collier Farmers Market
Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through April, 6060 Collier Blvd., Naples. Located in the Naples Outlet Center near corner of Collier and Manatee Road, two miles south of U.S. 41. Returning is the official market band, “The Hot Damn Duo,” for the entire season. They play every Sunday from 10 to 1. southcollierfarmersmarket.com and also see Facebook page.
‘Love in All Forms — Selections from the Art Collection of Patty and Jay Baker’
From 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. Sundays, through May 15. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Works from the singular collection of collectors and philanthropists Patty and Jay Baker including selections from Monet to Henry Moore. By timed reservation only $10; military or student with ID, $5; ages 17 and younger, free. Information: artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900.
Weekly Mah Jongg is back at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We supply the Mah Jongg sets. Bring lunch, mingle, and make new friends. Located at 991 Winterberry Drive. Must reserve your spot, call Barbara at 609-442-6570.
Bonita Springs-Estero Christian Women’s Connection
Open to all area women! Enjoy a program, lunch and guest speaker. Location, time and detail can be found on our website: cwcflorida.org. Reserve 10 days in advance by calling Jan at 815-545-5056.
Opening this Sunday, “Baseball Heroes —Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection” features a treasure of history from the national pastime. It’s open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. Sundays, through May 15 at The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Objects and original documents from Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter and more. By timed reservation only $10; military or student with ID, $5; ages 17 and younger, free. artisnaples.orghttps://www.artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900.
Third Street South Famers Market
From 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama off Third Street South in Old Naples; Entry is from 13th Avenue South. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.
Koreshan State Park Farmers Market
The Sunday Farmers Market at Koreshan State Park continues every Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with paid park admission $4 for single occupancy or $5 for up to eight people in vehicle). Vendor applications @ http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market-application-2/. Park entrance fee required. $4 single occupancy or $5 for up to eight in vehicle. Please bring exact change, no change provided. Credit card payment can only be made online @ https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/koreshan-state-park. No additional cost for the event. Volunteers needed for the farmers market and other Koreshan State Park Events. If interested: email@example.com.
Key Marco artifacts
Thanks to an unprecedented five-year loan extension by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world-famous Key Marco Cat will continue on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) through 2026. Through April 30, 2024, 13 additional Key Marco artifacts from the PENN Museum will be on exhibit at MIHM. Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 239-389-6447 or visit theMIHS.org.
Marco Island Writers
Writers of all skill levels welcome. Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month except September at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information: 239-784-2637.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples has reopened after being closed for the past year during the height of the pandemic. The wooded property along Henderson Creek features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center will be closed July 5for Independence Day. Admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Koreshan Unity Settlement
Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan Unity Settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join guided walking tours in Koreshan State Park and learn about these idealistic pioneers. Guided Tours are $10, non-refundable, and may be purchased online only at http://friendsofkoreshan.org/shop/guided-tours/historic-settlement-tours/.
Did you know Naples is home to one of the top 10 car museums in the world? If you haven't done so yet, check out this amazing collection of vehicles assembled over decades. 2500 Horseshoe Drive S. Visitors must observe COVID-19 protocols. Reserve tickets online for specific dates and times in advance. No walkups. Information: revinstitute.org or 239-687-REVS.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Did you know Collier County is home to the largest state park in Florida? Explore this mesmerizing trip back to yesteryear and see wildlife in the wild. Safety protocols in place. Open 8 a.m. to sunset; $3 vehicle fee. 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information: floridastateparks.org; 239-695-4953.
Rookery Bay Eco Kayak & Boat Tours
Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a guided boat tour or kayak adventure into the beautiful waters of Rookery Bay Reserve. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees. Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. Guests can choose from different tours including a shelling trip to a deserted a barrier island or a sunset tour. Find out more at RookeryBay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Paradise Chess Club
Every Saturday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at Paradise Found Restaurant, 401 Papaya Street, Goodland. All ages and levels welcome. Chess boards and pieces available. Outdoor seating area. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 954-918-2302.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Now open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5 and active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. Information: 239-395-2233, shellmuseum.org.
IMAG History & Science Center
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. Tickets are available online, and advance ticket purchases are necessary currently to limit the number of guests in accordance with CDC recommendations. Information: theimag.org.
Gordon River Greenway
A hidden gem in Naples is the Gordon River Greenway. Walk, ride your bike or kayak on or along the scenic from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There's 12-foot wide pathways and 10-foot-wide elevated boardwalks. Restrooms and other amenities available. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway; 239-252-4000 or gordonrivergreenway.org)
New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Offering timed online tickets to the general public. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Tickets can only be purchased online. Information: 239-262-5409, napleszoo.org.
Golden Gate Community Farmers Market
Open year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com for more.
Farmer Mike's U-Pick
Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click farmermikesupick.com for more.
Immokalee State Farmers Market
Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit fdacs.gov.
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