Luminary on Sanibel and Captiva

Luminary Lights Up the Islands!

This year marks the 33rd year for the Luminary Festival and it is a much-loved holiday tradition on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

One of the most beautiful nights on Sanibel is coming up soon. At the annual Luminary Festival, miles of sparkling candle lanterns line the bicycle path adjoining Periwinkle Way. Volunteers put out the candle lanterns just before dusk.

The Festival is a much-anticipated event for the first weekend in December, and is the real start of the holiday season on Sanibel. Luminary on Sanibel will be observed on Friday, December 1st, and then the festivities move to Captiva the following evening, Saturday, December 2nd. The festival runs from 5:30 to 9:30 pm and involves all the merchants, restaurants and organizations along the way.

The event is hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce and the theme of this year’s event is Luminary Holiday Stroll. It is a community-wide holiday event that brings together residents, visitors, businesses and organizations, to promote goodwill and holiday spirit and to enjoy the season. Some Sandalfoot guests come year after year to enjoy the event.

As you “stroll the trail”, check out the Chamber-provided map for the many fun places to stop and enjoy. There will be Santa visits, photos with Santa, a live nativity scene, music and activities for the entire family.

The Chamber’s goal is to offer recognition to Island businesses and to encourage local shopping while providing a fun-filled evening for family and friends. Many Chamber merchants will show off their creatively decorated storefronts and feature holiday refreshments and celebrations.

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CROW Taste of the Islands

Come Taste The Fun!

Get ready to indulge your love of great food, all for a wonderful cause, at the 36th annual Taste of the Islands from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Sanibel Community Park. The popular annual event is a benefit for CROW (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) here on Sanibel and attracts hundreds of local residents and island visitors anxious to sample specialty menu items from Sanibel and Captiva restaurants.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. Both the admission tickets and CROW bucks, used to purchase food and drink, can be purchased online at www.crowclinic.org and then picked up at the will-call booth. Live music during the event will be provided by the Killa-Watts.

New this year, CROW’s animal ambassadors will make an appearance at the Taste of the Islands event. These are animals that have come to CROW for care and cannot be released into the wild. Look for Mina, the great horned owl, Bashful the opossum or Shelldon the gopher tortoise among the ambassadors.

Arrive by car, bike, or on foot and join the hungry crowd ready to spend a pleasant afternoon sampling an array of treats from the menus of our many island restaurants. Just a few of the participating restaurants include Doc Fords, Blue Giraffe, Matzaluna and The Bubble Room.

Proceeds from Taste of the Islands ensure CROW’s ability to meet its mission of providing the highest quality veterinary care for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. Funds also support the Visitor’s Center educational programs. Don’t miss this favorite island event!

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Celebrating all things “Ding”!

Come Join the fun at “Ding” Darling Days!

The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, one of Sanibel’s best-loved destinations, is once again celebrating “Ding Days” from October 15 to 21, 2017. Each day of the week will be devoted to a different theme, and the event kicks off with Family Fun Day on Sunday the 15th.

Family Fun Day begins at 10:45 and free events go all day until 3:00 pm. Families should come to the Refuge Visitor Center. Free throughout the day are: Refuge tram tours, introduction to archery clinics, fly-fishing demos, the butterfly house, hands-on nature crafts, hot dogs, and more!

Themes for other “Ding” days include:

Monday          Let’s Go On a Hike Day

Tuesday          Beach & Water Day

Wednesday    Bees & Butterflies Day

Thursday        Calusa Day

Friday              Duck Stamp Day

Free and discounted birding, biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sea-life boating tours, and interpretive presentations are also offered during the week.

Saturday         Conservation Art Day

Conservation Art Day​ winds up the annual celebration on Saturday, Oct. 21, with visits from Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp winners and nature art workshops. The day celebrates the 141st birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Federal Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling. The refuge will be serving free birthday cake to celebrate the occasion.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s recreation concession, co-sponsor “Ding” Darling Days with generous support from the local community and businesses. Visit www.dingdarlingdays.com for event updates, or call 239-472-1100. Be sure to enjoy all the fun activities that Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge has to offer!

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Island Hopper Songwriter Festival Returns

4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

There will be plenty of music in the air during the 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, held this year from Sept.22-Oct. 1. The event, organized by the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel /Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, brings talented singer-songwriters to venues in Captiva, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach.

The Island Hopper Songwriter Festival is produced by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Cat Country 107.1, iHeart Radio and BMI. Performances will be held in Captiva from September 22 -24, downtown Fort Myers September 25 -28 and Fort Myers Beach from September 29 to October 1.

Both experienced and up-and-coming writers and singers of country music take part in the festival, which includes more than 150 live performances that feature over 80 entertainers at 23 unique venues. Most events are free, but there are a few ticketed events that must be reserved in advance.

Headliners for the 2017 Festival include Lindsay Ell, whose recent album, The Project climbed to the top of the iTunes Country albums chart. Other headlines include Brooke Eden and Raelynn. Eden, a Florida native, recently released her debut album, Welcome to the Weekend. Raelynn also debuted her first album in 2017, Wild Horse, and appeared on NBC’s The Voice when she was just 17.

Ticketed events include Lindsay Ell and Brooke Eden in downtown Fort Myers on September 27th, a Songwriter’s Round, also in downtown Fort Myers on September 28th at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, and RaeLynn at the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach.

Performances will be offered at several locations on Captiva Island, just a few miles north of Sanibel.  Popular establishments such as Cantina Captiva, Mucky Duck, Doc Ford’s Captiva, and ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort will host artists playing both afternoons and evenings from Sept. 22-24. For a complete music performance schedule, or to reserve for ticketed events, visit www.island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

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Thriving Sea Turtle Season!

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Sea turtles thriving this season on Sanibel!

It’s been a banner year for sea turtle hatchlings on Sanibel Island, with 638 loggerhead nests observed. This is the fourth season in a row that nesting records have been broken.

The east end of Sanibel, where Sandalfoot Condominium is located, includes six miles of sea turtle nesting habitat from the bayside of the Sanibel Lighthouse to Tarpon Bay Road. The Sanibel East area is divided into six zones that are walked and monitored daily for nesting activity from May through October. As of early August 16th, 152 loggerhead and 2 green turtle nests were observed.

Sanibel Island West is even busier, with 486 loggerhead nests — a new record, according to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. Also, there are high numbers of green turtle nests on Sanibel West this year, with 33 noted. Greens can nest into September or even later, so these numbers likely will increase.

New this summer, SCCF and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have established a new program to track the movements of green sea turtles using satellite transmitters. The transmitter, and epoxy and paint used on the shell don’t harm the turtle and eventually fall off or can be removed by researchers for further use.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) has been monitoring sea turtle nesting since 1992. Today, more than 100 SCCF volunteers contribute to nest protection efforts on Sanibel.

photo credit Nancy Riley

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