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Island prepares to ‘Celebrate Sanibel!’ with weeklong series of special events

By Staff | Nov 4, 2009

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

In between, various non-profit island organizations and sites will host special talks, open houses, tours, and other activities. The week’s schedule is included below.

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.

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, visit www.CelebrateSanibel.com or send an e-mail to CelebrateSanibel@zebis.com.

“Celebrate Sanibel!” Schedule of Events

Sunday, Nov. 8 Kickoff at Sanibel Community House

12:30 p.m. – Island Club Expo opens with host displays by ABWA, Bike Club, CHR, COTI, FISH, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnership, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimists, Rotary, Sanibel Beautification, TIDE, Zonta and more.

1 p.m. – Welcome from Celebrate Sanibel!’s Alex Werner and Vice Mayor Kevin Ruane.

1:15 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Kristie Anders, SCCF Education Director.

2 p.m. – Wrap-up from James Jordan, City of Sanibel Planning Director.

2 to 3 p.m. – Club Expo continues with free refreshments.

Daily Monday, Nov. 9 to Friday, Nov. 13

Special historic pictorial exhibit at Sanibel Public Library.

25 percent off all boat and kayak tours for Sanibel residents (with ID) at Tarpon Bay Explorers.

Monday, Nov. 9

Free admission all day to J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR’s Wildlife Drive.

1:30 p.m. – Refuge Manager’s free guided tram tour of “Ding” Darling Refuge, limited to first 30 people (Make advance reservations at 472-8900).

Tuesday, Nov. 10

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Open House at C.R.O.W., with guided tours of the new Healing Winds Visitor Education Center, gifts for the first 50 guests and book-signings by local authors.

3 to 4 p.m. Sanibel Beautification tour of Palm Ridge Garden

Wednesday, Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day

11 a.m. – Retired Military Officers Association Flag Ceremony at City Hall.

11 a.m. to noon – Free talk at the Historical Museum & Village about the founding of the City of Sanibel.

11:30 a.m. American Legion Post 123 serves lunch and dinner (4249 Sanibel-Captiva Road).

Thursday, Nov. 12

10 to 11 a.m. – Sanibel Beautification tour of Palm Ridge Garden.

2 p.m. – Free “What’s New at the Shell Museum” talk by Dr. Jose Leal at The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

6 to 7 p.m. – Sanibel Historical Museum & Village open free to the public for self-


7 p.m. – BIG Arts screening of “Sandbars To Sanibel: Pioneering An Island” with a reception to follow.

Friday, Nov. 13

Noon to 2 p.m. – Thistle Lodge Historic Beach Buffet and Turtle-Trails-To-Treasure Raffle Drawing. Cost $14.95 per person.

3 to 5 p.m. – F.I.S.H. Open House at 1630-B Periwinkle Way.