Holiday Nights Edison and Ford Winter Estates

If you are planning a visit to Sanibel Island and Sandalfoot in December, you will have many holiday attractions to choose from, but none better than Holiday Nights at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.  This is a favorite venue for residents and visitors and the estates become even more beautiful in December.

Many new light displays are planned for this year and the popular “Liquid Fireworks” Waltzing Waters lighted water fountain display will again feature a state-of-the-art light show choreographed with holiday music. New displays include two 25’ lighted steel trees and an 18’ lighted tree at the Edison Fountain. New this year too are lights that go all the way up to the base of the fronds, thanks to a lift donated by Sunbelt Rentals.

A nightly event schedule can be found on the website, www.edisonfordwinterestates.org and tickets can be pre-booked. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 13 – 19 and $2 for ages 6 – 12. Admission is free for members. Holiday Nights hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.

Special event tours are also available, including Guided Holiday Tours at $30/$25/$18 and the Inside the Homes Tours at $50. The Guided tours are offered every night at 6 and 7pm and the Inside the Homes tour is offered Wednesday evenings at 6:30.

The museum and research laboratory are both open every evening until 9pm and for last minute gifts, the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe are all open in the evening. For more information, go to the website or call (239)334-7419. Enjoy the 43rd annual Holiday Nights!

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Luminary Festival 2018

Sanibel and Captiva Islands have a very special way of launching the holiday season – the annual Luminary Festival, or festival of candlelight. At dusk on the evening of Friday December 7th candle lanterns will line the bike path along Periwinkle Way. On Saturday, December 8th lights will be placed along Andy Rosse Lane and Captiva Drive in Captiva. Both evenings celebrate the Islands and local businesses.

Luminary Festival is a much-anticipated event for the first weekend in December, and is the real start of the holiday season on the Islands. Luminary nights begin at 5:30 and last until 9:00 and the Sanibel route stretches from one end of Periwinkle Way to the other. Local merchants, restaurants, churches, and businesses all join in the fun. Major sponsors for Luminary 2018 include the Bank of the Islands and Periwinkle Place.

Luminary is hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce and the theme of this year’s event is Holiday Stroll. This community-wide holiday event 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. Many of the stores and businesses offer snacks and refreshments and Periwinkle Place will feature live music by the Children’s Choir of the Islands, Malibu Duo and Megan Rose Duo.

The Chamber of Commerce created Luminary Festival to offer recognition to island businesses, help promote local shopping, and to have a holiday event that the entire family could enjoy. It has been a tremendous success for 33 years and this year’s event will be no exception. Come out and enjoy the decorations, the beautifully lit walkways and the company of friends.

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Sanibel Writers Conference 2018

The 13th annual Sanibel Writers Conference is being presented on the island from November 8 to November 11 at the BIG ARTS center on Sanibel. The conference features workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, manuscript consultations, readings, panels, concerts and book signings. The conference is sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University and the website address for information on the Writer’s Conference is www.fgcu.edu/siwc. A complete schedule for the four-day event can be found on the website.

The cost of the conference is $550 ($440 for BIG ARTS members and $300 for full-time students). General registration is first come, first served. For out-of-town attendees, lodging is available at discounted rates at area hotels or inns.

The keynote speaker for 2018 is fiction writer Ann Hood. Among her fiction works are The Knitting Circle, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, An Italian Wife, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, Morningstar, and The Book That Matters Most. She is a New York Times bestselling author.

After graduating with an English degree from the University of Rhode Island, Ann worked as a stewardess for TWA, getting fodder for stories to come. Her first book, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, was written on international flights and published in 1987. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Paris Review, O, the Atlantic Monthly, and Real Simple. Her most recent work, She Loves You (yeah, yeah, yeah) is a young adult novel published in June of 2018.

Faculty and visiting writers include poet Major Jackson, fiction writer Julianna Baggott, non-fiction writer Steve Almond, screenwriter Mark Evan Schwartz and agent Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists. For a complete list of participating faculty and visiting writers go to www.fgcu.edu/siwc. To reach the conference director, email Tom DeMarchi at tdemarch@fgcu.edu.

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Domingo Nieves Wins Coveted EAwards Honor of Distinction

Lee County’s EAwards were held August 30th to announce Outstanding Service Awards in the hospitality industry. The awards acknowledge excellence through extraordinary customer service and dedication to tourism throughout Lee County. The “Superheroes” themed Awards were presented by the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Fort Myers News Press.

The awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs and celebrated local customer service professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. More than 670 nominations were received from residents and visitors from around the world recognizing the exceptional service and caring offered to visitors who come to Lee County.

 

 

Honor of Distinction Winner

Sandalfoot Condominium is beyond proud to announce that one of its own, Domingo Nieves, was honored with the top award, the Honor of Distinction. Winners of this award exhibit exemplary service, leadership, work ethic, job knowledge, performance skills, familiarity with the destination and assistance during an emergency.

Domingo received a number of nominations for this award. One nominator described him as “one in a million.” Another described him as “tireless, self-sacrificing, humble, compassionate and an all-around exceptional human being.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico last year, Domingo was quick to respond. As a native to the island, Domingo sent six generators, at his own expense, to help people in his uncle’s neighborhood.

 

Another nominee says he visited a guest in a local hospital every other day for a month while they were on Sanibel and he frequently cuts fresh flowers for guests’ special occasions. Domingo assists elderly guests with getting around on the property and attending special events held here. He gives guests rides to the grocery store if they don’t have a car, and lends his own fishing equipment for guests’ enjoyment. Domingo also helped people living on Sanibel prepare for Hurricane Irma and helped clean up after the storm.

Anyone who knows Domingo is aware that this award is richly deserved. We at Sandalfoot are honored to share this information and honored to know Domingo. He truly is a caring, compassionate individual who always puts everyone’s needs ahead of his own. Congratulations Domingo!

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Bailey’s General Store

Bailey’s General Store has been an Island fixture since 1899 when Frank Bailey Sr. started the Sanibel Packing Company to provide groceries and supplies to Island residents. The business operated on a wharf on San Carlos Bay where mail boats and passenger ferries docked. The family business was shipping fruits and vegetables grown on Sanibel, and the company’s specialties were tomatoes and limes.

Once the first Causeway opened in 1963, the business was soon located to its present location at the corner of Periwinkle and Tarpon Bay Roads, since there was no longer a need for the ferries or the mail boats to stop at the wharf.

Since its beginnings 119 years ago, the family has been about serving the community and offering products and services for Island residents and visitors. Today, the store has become a community hub, offering a full selection of meats, seafood, fresh produce, a deli, world-famous pastries, and a staff ready to meet every customer’s needs.

As shoppers’ needs have evolved, so too have Bailey’s offerings. They have a full line of gluten-free and organic products and a deli that offers hot foods and pre-cooked meals for convenience. Bailey’s will also do the shopping for you and deliver to your vacation destination. A full selection of wine and beer adds to the shopping convenience. Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s has been launched to be the go-to caterer for events large and small.

Perhaps most importantly is Bailey’s commitment to the community. After Irma, for example, Bailey’s fed workers free-of-charge who had come to the island to help restore power. It is just one example of many where Bailey’s has given back. Their General Store is such an integral part of the community that it is impossible to imagine Sanibel without it. Make sure to visit Bailey’s on your next island vacation!

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The Sandalfoot Team

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