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Second Annual ‘Celebrate Sanibel!’ features island gatherings

By Staff | Oct 21, 2009

The Second Annual Celebrate Sanibel! kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 8 with free festivities at the Sanibel Community House and culminates Friday, Nov. 13 with a Historic Beach Buffet at Thistle Lodge.

Kristie Anders, education director at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), will address Sanibel Island from a historic and natural heritage perspective as Sunday’s keynote speaker. City Planning Director James Jordan will talk about Sanibel, in both present and future tense.

Various island clubs will be on hand that day to disseminate information about their services while attendees enjoy free refreshments and can enter a drawing for a pair of six-foot Jamaica dogwood trees, compliments of SCCF.

Highlights during the week will include:

Free admission to “Ding” Darling Refuge on Monday, Nov. 9, plus a free guided tram tour with Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik

C.R.O.W. Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 10

American Legion cookout on Wednesday, Nov. 11

Screening of “Sandbars To Sanibel: Pioneering An Island” at BIG Arts on Thursday, Nov. 12

F.I.S.H. Open House on Friday, Nov. 13

Special historic exhibits at Sanibel Public Library

25 percent discounts on select tours for Sanibel residents at Tarpon Bay Explorers

Sanibel Beautification tours

Free talks at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

To celebrate its historic role in Sanibel Island’s history, Thistle Lodge will reprise its once-popular family beach buffets on Friday, Nov. 13 from noon to 2 p.m., featuring historic recipes. Cost is $14.95 per person.

The Committee of the Islands, Sanibel Community Association, Sanibel Historical Museum & Village and the Sanibel Public Library are co-partners for “Celebrate Sanibel!,” a week of community festivities to commemorate our island’s past, showcase its present and envision the future.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.CelebrateSanibel.com or email CelebrateSanibel@zebis.com.